Marrying two popular passions, container gardening and wreath making, living wreaths offer an opportunity to arrange and show off flowers and trailing foliage. It’s a great way to bring the beauty of favourite plants to eye level, where they can really be appreciated. Living wreaths are also useful for perking up flat or uninteresting surfaces, such as the side of a garden shed.
All materials are available at craft stores, garden centres or florist’s shops.
- Latex or other protective gloves
- Garden trowel
- 2-gallon (10-L) bucket
- Soil mix, consisting of 6 quarts (6 L) potting soil, 3 quarts (3 L) well-composted manure, 1 cup (250 mL) organic, slow-release, 8-4-4 fertilizer and 2 tbsp. (30 mL) water-retaining crystals or polymers
- Soft sheet moss: look for large pieces with few breaks. Don’t soak the moss before using; it becomes heavy and susceptible to tearing
- Circular frame made of three wire rings in a hollow U-shaped construction and joined together by cross-wires. Our frame is 50 centimetres in diameter
- 14 metres green florist’s wire or corrosion-resistant, 20-gauge copper wire
- Wire cutters
- Plants: about 25 for a 50-centimetre wreath. Plants for shady spots could include ‘Vanilla Chip’ carpet bugle (Ajuga reptans ‘Vanilla Chip’), English ivy (Hedera helix cvs.), golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’), mini pansies or violas (Viola cvs.); ones for sunny places might include foxtail agave (Agave attenuata), hens and chicks, Gasteria spp., stonecrop (Sedum spp.), thyme
- Scissors or knife
- Various twigs (optional)