Its been many years since I made a living wreath. As I tidied the greenhouse I came across all the supplies I would need. I have the wire frame needed. All I need to get is wire, moss and plants. This sounds like a fun project for the weekend.
It didn’t take much of a push to get me to the garden center for three packs of Impatiens. Normally on this 12″ wreath form I use nine plants. I want plants that will stay short so decided on Impatiens for this project. If it was early spring you could use Violas or for a perennial wreath you could use succulents. Always water your new plants before starting your project. Now you can use moss from your garden if you have a supply. It contains lots of nutrients. I bought mine at the garden center.
This project is best done outside so its less mess to clean up. Trust me, moss goes everywhere or is it just me? Place the wreath ring on the table open side up. For this project I decided to use a green waxed string which is quite strong. You could use wire as long as it is flexible enough. I found that wire is hard to remove later in the year and can break due to rusting away.
Attach the string at one end of the ring leaving a tail about six inches long. The rest of the roll is the string you will wind around your wreath to enclose your plants. The six-inch piece will help in the end to tie the final knot. The next step is to place moss in a bucket of water to soak for about five minutes. Drain the water way and place the moss within arms reach. Separate your plants before starting and to make sure the root ball will fit in the wreath form. You may have to remove a bit of soil from the root ball if it doesn’t. I like buying plants in 2″ plant packs as their roots seem to work well. Don’t try this with a 4″ pot as it is too large.
Grab a handful of moss and place it in the inside and on the bottom of the wreath form. Next take one Impatien plant and place on top of the moss you placed in the wreath. Add more moss around the top and sides of the plant to cover the soil attached to the plant.
Take your string and wind it carefully beside the plant and under the wreath and over the moss pulling tightly to firm the plant in. Place a handful of moss next to the plant as a spacer. You want a couple of inches of moss between each plant. Tie the moss in by winding the string round the wreath form. It’s at this point you will feel like you need three hands but take your time and it will come together.
Now you are ready to add the second plant to the wreath. I have chosen three different colours for this wreath but you could use all white flowers for a wonderful display against the green of the wreath.
Repeat the wreath flower pattern by alternating a plant then moss filler while winding the string around the wreath as you go. Be careful to not let the string cut into your plants but be sure the string is firmly in place. Here the wreath has eight plants in it. One of the plants was a peach colour so I left it with eight plants instead of nine. Is it finished yet?
When you have placed the last plant in, hold up your wreath and take a good look at it. Does it seem thinner in some areas that others? As you can see above, I can see the wreath form on the underside of the wreath. Add moss where needed and use more string to hold it in place. I tend to go all around the wreath adding moss where needed and winding the string around as I go. Don’t cut your string until you are satisfied with the wreath shape. Tie in the end of the string to the wreath base.
Place your finished wreath on a flat surface for a few days to let the plants get established. You can use an ‘S’ hook or chain to hang up your wreath. Place on the fence of gate to greet your guests as they arrive.
You could also place your wreath on a clear plant saucer and place a hurricane shade in the center for a table display. I love having it on the table. I may have to make another wreath to go on the fence. You are probably wondering how to water the living wreath. I take the lid from a garbage can and flip it over and fill it with water. I lay the wreath in the water for about 15 minute and then prop the wreath up to let excess water drain away. In warmer months you may have to water more than once per day. Luckily Impatiens love the shade so they don’t dry out as quickly. If you are going to be away, leave your wreath in a bin of a couple of inches of water to ensure it doesn’t dry out. You can also add some fertilizer once a month to help feed your plants by adding it to the water when you water your wreath.