This is a simple project that only needs a few things to create it. I got some box store pansies and collected some cushion moss growing at the base of a local commercial building. It would have been eradicated when they clean the sidewalks, so a little humility, a trowel and plastic shopping bag was all I needed to make my heist.
The idea was not mine, but that of a local independent garden store/nursery. They used violas, as you will see below, and I used pansies. They positioned their bird bath in partial sun, mine is in north shade. I grow a good crop of moss in this location each year.
But I bet you are wondering how the nursery and I keep the pansies from getting root rot. We both used grower carriers that is keeping the pansies elevated to avoid sitting in water. Mine additionally has a gravel bottom. The moss loves the gravel.
The bed you see by the fence has fern planted which are just little nubs right now. It will be a while before I see them, so there is more pansy placed in this bed. Morning sun bathes the bed until 10 am.
This bird bath gets moved to another shaded spot in a bed of iris. Since no iris yet, I put it here for you to see. A pedestal water feature is in this location during summer. I will put it out when the weather is more reliable.
You can see I have moss growing on the bluestone paver. There is no spot of the cut stone showing. Carex is planted which fills in summer. The Carex also likes shaded, moist conditions, but I have it thriving in full sun and dry conditions also.
The store’s pretty violas coordinate with their bird bath and also are well scaled to the size of the container. They used sheet moss.
I do like the store’s bird baths much better, but I like my arrangement more. My pansies have room to grow, where the violas are packed in tightly. They are planted by the way. Like I mentioned they also used the lattice-like plastic grower’s containers.