Some plants rarely make the headlines. They have no glamour.
Take moss (and, judging from the number of letters I receive asking how to get rid of moss on lawns, many of you would willingly take it as far from your gardens as possible).
You rarely find people in British gardens extolling moss's virtues or discussing the best ways to cultivate it, yet in Japan, some of the finest displays of horticultural and design skills are displayed in moss gardens.
Last summer, I visited a garden in Bomarzo, Italy, that was filled with enormous sculptures carved from the huge boulders of volcanic stone that littered the woods. Over the centuries, many of the sculptures have become covered with the richest, greenest coating of moss imaginable.
Survivors: Worldwide, there are about 25,000 different species of bryophytes and they have become expert at colonising niches where most other plants cannot, or choose not to, grow