Reindeer moss, Colletti says, "does not have fine, hairlike strands like Spanish moss; it moves more freely in one piece." She uses a short stake to arrange it in terrariums. Reindeer moss is actually a lichen, not a true moss, and it's available in dyed pink, blue, purple, red and other colors.
A metal trough-style planter compliments the gray tones in the begonia and reindeer moss. If you aren’t sure your container is waterproof, line it with a heavy piece of plastic and add a base layer of rocks to help with drainage, advises floral designer Angela Darrah.
After Christmas, those once festively adorned spaces on tables and in bookshelves may feel empty. Warm up the winter months with hints of natural greenery, especially in shades and textures that differ from traditional holiday hues. “Greens are a soft accent for the house,” says Karin Jeffcoat of Cote Designs in South Carolina. Here, she used reindeer moss that is preserved to give it that chartreuse color, but you can also forage items, such as magnolia leaves, from your own yard.
Colletti says growing moss in a terrarium can be a challenge, because there's a lot of moisture and little air circulation. She prefers open-topped containers. Climacium americanum (commonly called lobe-leaved tree moss) and Hedwigia ciliata (fringed hoar-moss) work well in any kind of container, she says. Leucobryum glaucum (pincushion moss) and Cladonia rangiferina (reindeer moss, actually a lichen) are best used in open containers. In this image, sheet moss surrounds other small plants.
Three components of modern terrariums are simplicity, scale and minimalism, says Jeffrey Schneider of Jeffrey Terrariums, who creates terrariums of hand-blown glass. In this woodland-themed terrarium, he used pincushion moss (Leucobryum albidum), Rabbit's foot fern (Phlebodium aureum), reindeer moss (Cladonia rangiferina), Selaginella kraussiana, and succulents such as Peperomia prostrata. Acorns, twigs and leaves are sterilized to prevent pests and diseases.
Combine Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila, cold brewed tea, lemon juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and dry shake for 5 seconds. Pour into Collins glass with ice and top with soda water. Add 5 dashes of angostura on top and garnish with reindeer moss.