Small space gardening

Everything you need to know to plant in containers, leverage vertical gardens, and more

Make your own tabletop garden

Here's how to create a beautiful living centerpiece

living tabletop

A refreshing change from your average centerpiece.

Andrea M. Gómez

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Reindeer moss and tillandsia
Green reindeer moss and violas
Spanish moss and sedum

Breathe life onto a tabletop by infusing greens in the design. Pasadena landscape architect Heather Lenkin created this centerpiece.

Just soak floral moss in water to make it easier to work with, tear off chunks, squeeze out excess water, then place moss atop a table. (Use a cookie sheet on a water-vulnerable surface like wood.)

On the moss, center a votive tray with a Graptopetalum succulent in each candle slot―no need for soil. Mist to keep the arrangment fresh.

Get the look: Choose a moss to complement a small plant that you want to highlight. Each of these cost just $10 or less.

Mod: Black reindeer moss with a blue-gray tillandsia

Delicate: Green reindeer moss with tiny violas

Casual: Natural Spanish moss with a bronze sedum

Pictured: Moss tabletop for $105

More: How to garden anywhere

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