Live wreaths are the perfect holiday addition and are very easy to make using your own plant material in your landscape. Not only does a wreath bring a little more holiday cheer, but they’re also very fragrant. The smell of sap will fill your house every time you open the door! Below are the steps to construct your wreath . . .
1. Use a florist wire as your base. You can find these at your local craft store. They are about $2-$6 dollars depending on the size you want to purchase. When using lighter-weight material (bulbs, dried plants, etc.) you can also use a wire coat hanger.
2. Using your sharp hand pruners, begin cutting various-size pieces of evergreen foliage from your garden. Cut different size pieces, some with longer stems and greener on the tip, etc. You can use (but not limited to): cedar, arborvitae, pine, fir, (evergreen) magnolia, etc. These greens will act as your base for the wreath. You want to ensure you have a good pile, as you will need to overlap to get a “full” effect.
3. To add more texture and interest, you can cut stems with berries, "spent" hydrangeas, flowering perennials, and pinecones – depending what you have available in your landscape.
4. Start laying out your "base" pieces along the wire. Make sure to overlap pieces, so you don’t have any wire showing through. With my wreath I used cedar as my base, and I added pieces of boxwood to mix it up a little with the texture.
5. Secure each piece of greener with floral wire. I tied most of my pieces twice, because I added 3 or 4 branches at a time. (They were pretty heavy).
6. Continue to add on and secure until you have the full desired look. I added a few winterberry holly branches (red berries) and pinecones to add pops of interest.
7. Use hot glue to add any bows or burlap.
8. Hang on a secure hook, and ENJOY!
As a tip, if you don’t have these plants readily available in your landscape, please contact your Landscape Representative. Spring or Fall are great times to plant trees and shrubs so that you can use them the following year for a live wreath. I hope you enjoyed this post and stay tuned for next week.