Learn how easy it is to make a really beautiful living wreath. Makes a great inexpensive gift, with just a few materials, in very little time.
This living wreath project makes a great gift or something that you can use to adorn your home. I have used herbs and ground covers in this project, but you can also use annuals.
Just keep in mind that low-growing and trailing plants work best and think about the level of sun in the area where you want to keep the wreath when choosing your plants.
You might even want to try making a living succulent wreath. There seems to be a large variety of succulents at nurseries today and I think they would look beautiful displayed in a wreath.
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How to Make A Living Wreath
- 12-14 in. concave wire wreath frame
- large bucket
- 20 gauge green floral wire
- 8oz. bag of sheet moss
- soilless potting mix
- 3-5 low growing or trailing herbs in 4 inch pots. (pictured above are: Brass Buttons, Creeping Speedwell, Woolly Thyme, and Blaze Stonecrop)
Soak the sheet moss in a large bucket of water for approximately 15 minutes. Gently squeeze the excess water from the moss and lay it underneath the wreath frame.
Fill the frame with soil. I used a soilless mix with slow-release fertilizer already added in.
Attach the wire to the frame. Gently pull the moss around the sides and top and wrap the wire around to have the moss cover the frame and soil.
Continue working around the wreath with the wire every 2 inches.
Start at the top of the wreath and plant the herbs by cutting a slit into the wreath parallel to the wires. Use your fingers to make a hole and carefully push the plant in.
Continue planting the other plants, spacing evenly around the wreath.
Place the entire wreath on the ground and give it a good but gentle soaking.
- Smaller plants work best. If you can, buy plants in small cell packs, or try and split them apart. This works well with most thyme and some oregano.
- The wreaths can be hung on a wall or placed as a centerpiece
- Always consider the sunlight needs of the plants.
- Trim the plants from time to time to keep them neat and tidy.
That's it. Now you have your own living wreath that you can hang outdoors or set as a table centerpiece on a patio table.