How to make a living wreath

How to make a living wreath

A living wreath is the ultimate festive decoration. Learn how to make one, in our guide.

A living wreath is the ultimate plant-lover’s choice. Use hardy succulents, such as sempervivum and sedum, to create this stylish wreath than can be unpicked and planted into the garden, come spring.

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You Will Need

  • Sempervivum ruthenicum (3)
  • Sedum spathulifolium (2)
  • Sedum spurium (6)
  • Sempervivum ciliosum (3)
  • Sedum reflexum 'Yellow Cushion' (4)
  • Sedum hispanicum 'Blue Carpet' (5)
  • Sphagnum moss (ethically sourced)
  • Floristry wire or string
  • Flat wire wreath frame (30cm diameter)

Step 1

Dampen the moss, and then attach small rolls of it to the wreath frame using binding wire wrapped through and round the frame. This will help keep the roots of your succulents moist.

Adding damp sphagnum moss to the wreath frame
Adding damp sphagnum moss to the wreath frame

Step 2

Knock each plant from its pot and tease off the loose compost from its roots. Carefully flatten the rootball between your palms and place the plants in an attractive arrangement around the wreath.

Removing plants from their plant pots before adding to the frame
Removing plants from their plant pots before adding to the frame

Step 3

Use binding wire to attach the rootball of each plant to the moss-covered frame, taking care with the stems. Make a wire loop and hang in a sheltered spot where it won’t swing around.

Using binding wire to fox the plants in place
Using binding wire to fox the plants in place
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