A sweet sea­sonal cir­clet to wel­come guests

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This month, flo­ral de­sign­ers are com­bin­ing warm-hued blooms with sur­pris­ing el­e­ments—like nuts and berries—to cre­ate beau­ti­ful cor­nu­copia-in­spired wreaths. “Here, fuzzy bor­age, crisp Chi­nese lanterns and smooth chest­nuts bring mod­ern tex­ture to a clas­sic wreath form,” says flo­ral ex­pert Kathy Shu­mac. “And the or­ange roses add a har­vest-happy feel. What’s more, the laven­der and mint greet guests with a fresh scent!”


For a 12" foam wreath, snip 10 to 12 3" sprigs each of pur­ple-flow­ered bor­age, red rose hips, laven­der and mint. Use flo­ral glue or hot glue to at­tach the sprigs to the foam, al­ter­nat­ing un­til the wreath is mostly cov­ered. Next, cut 8 or­ange roses to 3 inches and glue them to the form, spac­ing them ran­domly around the cir­clet. Glue on a hand­ful of Chi­nese lanterns, crabap­ples and chest­nuts. To fin­ish, tie on a bright or­ange rib­bon.


Most of the fresh snip­pets in this wreath will stay lively for weeks, but roses can fade in the cooler weather. The strat­egy Shu­mac rec­om­mends to keep them perky: In­stead of glu­ing the roses to the foam, place the stems in tiny flo­ral wa­ter picks (like Darice Stem Wa­ter Pick, $5 for 10, Joann.com), then press into the foam. These mini “vases” keep roses fully hy­drated for a long-last­ing dis­play.

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