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Celebrate the seasons with a Living Wreath on your front door! Making a Living Wreath features a heavy duty wreath frame, lined with green jute-type fiber. The jute fiber liner holds potting mix and flowers. Small openings can be cut in the fiber to insert fresh individual flowers, like pansies, ivy, petunias and other small leaf florals and plants. This wreath makes a beautiful floral statement and you can change season after season.   You will love this addition to your garden and home. One note:  It is a heavy wreath so make sure your base for hanging is stable. 

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Things to Consider before Making A Living Wreath

  1. Decide where you want to hang the wreath, this will determine what kind of flowers you will need to purchase.
  2. What kind of sun or shade will the wreath get in this location and how often do you want to water.
  3. Consider these possibilities for displaying, table tops interior or exterior, walls, fences, and doors.

Tips to Take Note:

The weight of this filled wreath is heavy especially after watering.  You will need to water this wreath often and if you put it on your front door with direct sunlight, you will need to plant full sun florals/plants. Then water every day if put in a hot spot. I chose not to put it on my front door because of the full sun, but rather chose a partly-shaded brick wall.

To water, I put my wreath on a lawn chair to keep the wreath off the ground and allow to drain until I am ready to re-hang.  The wreath needs to be moist.
The liner will help retain the water… the key is where you hang the wreath and the amount of sun or shade it gets each day and how often you want to water.

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How to Make a Living Wreath

Ingredients

 Small 16″ wreath form- Ordered from Kinsman Garden.com

 Jute liner* Kinsman Garden.com

5 – 6 pack pansies or 30 individual flowers

3 containers of small leaf ivy plants

1 bag of green moss

Spanish Moss- optional

Scissors, Sharp Knife & Water

Instructions

  1. The liner comes with the wreath.  Fill bottom of wreath with largest piece of liner.
  2. Fill with potting mix and place top liner over the mix. Place optional Spanish moss over the liner back, attach frame lid.  Lid that comes with frame.
  3. Turn wreath over and with scissor or sharp knife cut small slits to insert individual flowers.
  4. Plant individual flowers over the entire wreath filling in with ivy and green moss.
  5. Water throughly, let sit flat outside for roots to develop before hanging.

Notes

See Liz Bushong.com for step by step instructions or go to Kinsman Garden.com.

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What Kind of Form Do I Need to Make this Wreath?

I found this form at Kinsman Company.  They have beautiful items on their website and most of the information I am sharing came from their website minus my personal experience planting and using this wreath.

Kinsman offers other sizes of wreath forms but for my space and purpose I wanted the smaller wreath.   I chose pansies and ivy.  For my wreath it took five-6-pack pansies or 30 individual flowers, three containers of small leaf ivy plants and green moss.  I got the moss from my yard, this worked perfectly.

Recommended Plants/Florals for wreath

“Use succulents, ivies, ferns, mini cyclamens, small annuals and herbs to make strikingly unusual floral decorations.”

How to Make A Living Wreath|Instructions

Living wreath is filled with live pansies, petunias ivy and moss making a beautiful floral statement for outdoor decor.
Materials for Living Wreath

The liner comes with the wreath when you order from Kinsman Company.  “The liner is made from a soft, strong material that holds the potting mix securely, yet can be cut easily with scissors or a small knife. This allows easy planting of small or larger plants. Material contains green Jute fibers. Liner consists of two pieces-the base and the lid.”

Living wreath is filled with live pansies, petunias ivy and moss making a beautiful floral statement for outdoor decor.
Filling Wreath -Fill Liner with Potting Mix
Living wreath is filled with live pansies, petunias ivy and moss making a beautiful floral statement for outdoor decor.
Position Cover Liner over the Soil
Living wreath is filled with live pansies, petunias ivy and moss making a beautiful floral statement for outdoor decor.
Cut Small Slits Around Edge of Wreath Center to Lay Flat

I cut small slits around the center of the wreath to lay flat then tucked the lining all around the edges to help keep soil into the frame.  It was all tucked in and ready for the moss, then the lid of the form.

Living wreath is filled with live pansies, petunias ivy and moss making a beautiful floral statement for outdoor decor.
Before Adding the Frame Back Add Moss

The moss is to help protect your wall or door plus gives a great finished look to the back of wreath. I have seen some wreaths that use the back side as the front to plant florals.  I turned the wreath over and planted the rounded side of the wreath form.

Living wreath is filled with live pansies, petunias ivy and moss making a beautiful floral statement for outdoor decor.
Attach Wreath Back Frame Over the Moss

This is so much fun to put together!  You will have a great time making this!

Living wreath is filled with live pansies, petunias ivy and moss making a beautiful floral statement for outdoor decor.
Turn Wreath Over for Planting

This part is a little tricky.  Planting the flowers requires cut slits or large X’s in the jute liner at alternating intervals.  Plant each flower/plant into the cut holes, pressing the plant firmly.  I loosened the pansy roots a bit and cut the base of the plant/flower in half to plant. The roots were too long to insert into my openings.

Living wreath is filled with live pansies, petunias ivy and moss making a beautiful floral statement for outdoor decor.
Large Opening for Plant
Living wreath is filled with live pansies, petunias ivy and moss making a beautiful floral statement for outdoor decor.
Planting Pansies in Wreath
Living wreath is filled with live pansies, petunias ivy and moss making a beautiful floral statement for outdoor decor.
Moss Added to the Wreath Between Flowers

To fill in and cover the wreath form, I planted living moss around the flowers.  Next step is to water throughly and leave the planted wreath flat to allow the plants to adjust to their new home.  This wreath will be very heavy so when you do hang it find a sturdy wall or door with hanger.

If you have leggy plants cut the bloom off to encourage more compact growth.  I didn’t do this when the photo was taken.  I waited to cut back until after Daytime Blue-Ridge.

Living wreath is filled with live pansies, petunias ivy and moss making a beautiful floral statement for outdoor decor.
A Brick Wall is a Great Place to Hang the Wreath

Living wreath is filled with live pansies, petunias ivy and moss making a beautiful floral statement for outdoor decor.

This wall gets semi-shade and adds a colorful focus for this ivy trellis.

Hope you will create your own Living Wreath this Spring, Summer and Fall!

This was featured on WSLS, Daytime BlueRidge.

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