How to Make a Flowering Living Wreath

Perfect for a door or fence, a living wreath transitions easily from season to season thanks to a fresh profusion of blooming plants.

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Photo: Marty Baldwin
Project Overview
  • Working Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Skill Level: Kid-friendly

Citrus-color violas complement this wreath's dominant bright orange and yellow pansies. Golden creeping Jenny has just the right bold contrast, and the white flowers of Nierembergia 'Laura' twinkle like tiny lights. Instead of trying to make a symmetrical arrangement, go for a balance of color and texture. Tuck plants into the sides of the wreath to make it look full and lush.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • 1 Garden trowel

Materials

  • 1 Pound of sheet moss
  • 1 Water
  • 1 16-inch wreath form
  • 1 Potting soil
  • 1 24 small plants; try a combination of plants in 4-inch pots and even smaller plants in four-packs
  • 1 Green florist wire

Instructions

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  1. Line Form with Sheet Moss

    Soak the sheet moss in water; drain until damp and pliable. Line the wreath form with the sheet moss, with green mossy side facing out, like fitting dough in a pie pan. Overlap pieces of moss and patch as you go.

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  2. Fill Form with Potting Soil

    Make sure the moss overlaps the upper edges of the form by a couple of inches. Fill the form about three-fourths full with potting soil.

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  3. Arrange Plants

    Arrange the nursery pots on top of the soil. When you're happy with your design, take the plants out of their pots one at a time and plant them.

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  4. Plant Sides of Wreath Form

    Give the wreath a full look by planting the sides, too. Poke holes through the sheet moss in three or four places around the sides of the form, and carefully insert a plant in each hole.

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  5. Wrap Sheet Moss

    Tuck the overlapping edges of the sheet moss around the crowns of the plants. The moss holds the plants in place until their roots grip. It also helps keep the soil from drying out.

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  6. Secure with Florist Wire

    Secure one end of the florist wire to the back of the wreath form. Wrap wire all around the wreath in a spiral pattern. Cut the wire and twist the end onto the form. Attach a short length of doubled wire to the form as a hanger; attach several more lengths so the wreath can be turned.

    Editor's Tip: To water wreath, place wreath on ground and gently water with a watering can. Depending on weather temperatures, you may need to water the wreath 1-3 times a week. Let dry a few hours to overnight before hanging.

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