Saturday, October 23, 2010

Scotch Moss


Scotch Moss (Sagina subulata 'Aurea') is a low growing ground cover that I’m trying for the 1st time.  Scotch Moss likes full sun to part shade and requires well drained soil unlike regular old moss.  It can be grown from seed; but I bought a couple of flats to get started while the growing is good.  The bright chartreuse color accents the dark red of the 5 Alarm Chrysanthemums.  The fall palette for the front yard is burnt red, chartreuse, bronze, purple, and cream.  So much of the stock available in local nurseries has spring colors – pink, yellow, lavender from pansies, stock, and snapdragons.  That’s fine for the spring; but I want fall colors.


The best time to garden here in zone 9 is October through April.  The weather is perfect.  Not too hot.  Not too cold.  Just right.  Hopefully the Scotch Moss will be vibrant and vigorous and fill in all the bare spots.  When the month of May rolls around, I don’t hold out much hope for these plants to survive our summer.  That’s fine.  Just survive the nice bits of the year.

I don’t know who named this plant Scotch Moss.  It’s not moss; but most importantly and quite easy to remember is this:

Scotch comes in a bottle.  Anything else from Scotland is Scottish.  Do yourself a favor and memorize this.  You do not want to endure a lecture from a feisty Scotsman or Scotswoman.  You do not.

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