A Living Moss, Hanging Basket
Here I am experimenting again, this time lining a wire basket with living plants, instead of sphagnum moss or coconut fiber liners. Although Irish moss (Sagina subulata) isn’t really a moss at all it’s a perennial, the plant puts a new spin on the moss-lined basket!
I planted this container early in spring, laying four Irish moss plants horizontally around a wire basket. I hoped that as it grew through the wire it would completely cover the base of it. The bare areas of wire I lined with sphagnum moss until the living Sagina would cover it completely. For a spring basket, I planted primroses in the top.
For a summer basket I dug the primroses out and replanted with a fancy leaf geranium (Pelargonium), Nemesia, coleus (Solenostemon), and licorice plant (Helichrysum ‘Limelight’). Not wanting to shade out the Irish moss I planted more upright plants, with just a few trailers.
I hung it on a plant stand so you can see more of the basket. At this stage if I hung too high, the planting would lose some of its charm. I am waiting to see how it grows as the season progresses when it might look better hung higher from the ground.
I think any creeping ground cover will work to line baskets. I used a miniature English daisy on another container last year and it looked great with or without the flowers!