Local business creates hanging planters with a twist
Hanging moss balls by Kate's Moss Studio. Picture: Iain Gillespie

Unlike a rolling stone, Kate Marsh certainly gathers moss. In fact, it's the local woman's material of choice in her business, Kate's Moss Studio.

"My obsession with moss began while creating my outdoor living area where I wanted something softer than a living wall, and didn't like the idea of having numerous hanging pots and baskets cluttering the space," Ms Marsh said.

"I came across the Japanese technique of wrapping root-bound plants in moss and began to experiment with the soil composition, plant types, ropes and moss until I was happy."

From this DIY project Kate's Moss Studio was born, a purveyor of moss balls for all occasions.

Ms Marsh selects each plant in hardy low-maintenance varieties, such as succulents and ferns, from local growers or nurseries.

She then contains them within soil and moss rather than a pot. "This makes for a much more organic-looking feature, and draws attention to the plant rather than its container," she said.

Surprisingly easy to care for, the moss balls only require a dunk in water once or twice a week, depending on the plant.

"Not being a natural green thumb, you can be guaranteed that each variety has been through a strict regime of sporadic watering and ad hoc maintenance," Ms Marsh said.

Ms Marsh sells direct to the public via her website katesmossstudio.com. Phone 0404 224 556 pr go to her Facebook page (facebook.com/katesmossstudio) for event packages or to view the latest products.

The West Australian

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