Lining a Planter with Moss

I live in the south, but also in the mountains.  So, it’s still cold and sometimes snowy here until May.  By mid-April, everyone is ready for a bit of spring and our thoughts turn to Easter and daffodils.  I found a beautiful scroll-work iron planter at a local antique store and knew I wanted to plant some spring bulbs in it.  Obviously, I had to have some type of liner to keep in the soil.  I didn’t have any liners that would fit and the coconut liners just aren’t that pretty.  I had seen moss lined planters and loved the woodsy look they had, so I thought I’d give it a try.

Luckily, I live in a place where moss is easy to find.


moss 2


I gathered several large pieces and soaked them in water for a few seconds.  I gently wrung it out but left it pretty moist.  Then, I arranged the pieces around the edges of the planter with the moss facing outward.  Overlap pieces to make sure your soil doesn’t fall out.  Here is a good reference site to follow:

If you can’t find moss where you live, you can buy sheets of florist’s moss or use other natural elements such as jute, burlap, hemp fiber and the ever popular coconut fiber liners. All of these have great textural appeal, and would look great paired with any container.

After the pot is lined, just fill with potting soil and plant your flowers.  I chose some daffodils and tulips in the Spring and now it is filled with beautiful yellow petunias.


finished planter


Be sure that when you water, you get it wet through to the moss outside.  That will help it keep it’s beautiful green color a bit longer.

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  • Michelle Leslie

    That’s going to look stunning for a long time and moss is so much more natural, especially if you’re lucky enough to find a fresh batch.

  • Sherry

    I love moss gardens. This is lovely! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  • Reply

    I absolutely love this! I bet it looks fantastic now that it has bloomed. I lived in the southwest most of my adult life, so there is not a lot of gardening in the desert. Now I live in North Carolina, and I am trying to get my thumb to change to green, but there is a lot to learn. But it is fun! I love your planter too! Really pretty! Thanks for sharing on Celebrate It!

  • Kerryanne

    The moss lined planter looks fabulous Melissa!
    Thank you for sharing this at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week.

    • moesoto

      It was an easy and fun project. I love your site and especially enjoy the link party!

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