How to make a wreath from plants growing in your garden
You may be surprised at what your garden can offer with a plethora of interesting options. Whether simply placed in large vases as seasonal displays or transformed into Christmas wreaths and ornaments, the process is fun and easy for the whole family to participate in. Evergreen foliage comes in a range of different shades, textures and shapes – from touch pines to pines. and prickly holly to silver eucalyptus. There is the fragile, skeletal beauty of the seed heads of grasses and perennials left for wildlife over the winter, including miscanthus, eringium and achillea and often insignificant flowers almost hidden by bold leaves, such as sarcocica or small clusters of viburnum.
Even bare, exposed stems in your garden provide an array of ornamental opportunities for creativity. In particular, the shiny, gold-red stems of willow and corn are eye-catching but any flexible stem is a possibility. They can be rolled into seasonal shapes such as stars or as a wreath base for doors or table centers.
Look on the ground for fallen cones, of different sizes and shapes. Stems adorned with berry jewels, whether traditional hollys or clusters of dangling sorbet or bright purple callicarpa, make gorgeous arrangements and are perfect for detailing wreaths and wreaths.
You have your choice, what to do? Start at your front door and create a wreath, symbolizing that the endless cycle of seasons will bring the return of light. Wreath bases can be wired onto flower rings, oasis circles, or simply twisted stems. With a double wire loop, you can use them as is or attach sphagnum moss in handfuls, or foliage such as yew, and tie them tightly with a twist of wire to form your base.
Instead, use your own flexible stems that can be twisted together to form your base, such as birch, cornflower, willow, or any shrub or vine you can easily handle. Mix a variety of stems or stick to one type, it’s your choice to be as creative, natural or formal as you want. A good mix could be willow, geranium and lignosus. Soak the stems for a few hours, up to 3 to 4 days, then ripen 24 hours before use. Bend from the end of the log and form a circle along the long length of the flexible log. Use the natural curvature of the leg instead of gently squeezing and coaxing it either between your hands or across your knee.
Whichever base you choose, make sure the back is smooth or the stems are hidden so you don’t damage the door. Once your base is set up, add a loop or hook for hanging before you get to the greenery stage. Tie the foliage first in small clusters until the wreath is full. Then wire elements for detailing, such as cones individually, flowers in small groups of three, and stems with clusters of berries. There are a wide range of possibilities such as holly, physalis, winter jasmine, rosehip, mistletoe, hydrangea, snowberry or viburnum. Dried options include statis, paper flowers, seed heads and flora. For extra flourishes, bundles of cinnamon sticks, cayenne pepper, and dried citrus slices are very popular. When assembling your ornaments, keep checking for balance and design by lifting the wreath, and remember that odd numbers are best. It’s a good idea to color your base and decorations, whether you want a traditional red and green look or an outside-the-box look with fresh orange berries and physalis on a lime green corn base, a white and green look with snowberries and viburnum flowers, or pink and purple. With sorbose and calicarpa berries.
Take a look inside. The greenery may not last as long as it does on the front door, so it’s best to make these arrangements closer to Christmas. Coordinate your wreath with table ornaments, fireplace or ladder garlands, and ornaments for your tree. Table decorations can be a wreath with a candle in the middle, small bunches of scented foliage like herbs all around, or a long, length-length tablecloth decorated with greenery. For wreaths and flowers, tie moss on a rope, then add foliage and finally add your decorative details with pinecones, berries, dried fruit and flowers. A useful tip is to tie knots along the rope at a distance of about 30 cm to prevent the green plants from sliding along the rope. Don’t forget to tie one end of the rope to hang and secure it to the wire. The best wreaths and garlands are full and round so be generous with both the moss base and foliage. Varied foliage will add light to the design and scent can be added using cinnamon sticks. Little fingers may be especially adept at making small wreaths to hang on the Christmas tree, and everyone can get involved in stringing seed heads such as bright orange physalis and making gift toppers that add personality to the gifts under the tree.
• Greenery – blue spruce, pine, yew, eucalyptus, viburnum, mulberry ivy, nandina, box, laurel, laurel, rosemary, mistletoe, sarcococa, variegated ivy, Skimmia japonica
• Decorative details – pine cones, poppy seed cones, rose hips, berries of callicarpa, holly and cotoneaster. Physalis, hydrangea, winter jasmine, dried citrus slices and peel, cinnamon sticks, feathers, ribbon
• Aim to use biodegradable ingredients wherever possible, to be environmentally friendly and sustainable
• For a longer-lasting display, use vases or oasis in trays or narrow containers
• Spray with water every two days to maintain freshness
• Dried flowers and seed heads avoid the problem of flower wilting
• You can also string some battery-operated fairy lights through the arrangements for a twinkle effect
• An airing cupboard is a great place to dry seed heads, spruce cones, etc., or in a basket a safe distance from an open fire. Or if you’re lucky enough to have an Aga/Rayburn, place a basket of “ingredients” near it
• Safety tip – Make sure any greenery brought into the house that will be near candles or fires is very fresh and flexible as dried greenery can be flammable
• Traditionally, all Christmas decorations are brought inside on Christmas Eve and must be taken down on January 5th, Twelfth Night