While many people try to eliminate moss from their gardens, in Japan moss is regarded as an essential element. It grows over boulders and across the ground. There are more than 100 different types of moss—a lovely plant does not have true roots and absorbs moisture and nutrients through its leaves. Moss thrives in climates with high humidity and, surprisingly, can be difficult to grow. It may take many years for moss to form a dense mat. Enjoy our Natural Style Moss Garden section, where you will see how beautiful moss can become over time.