How to make a Christ­mas wreath

Fol­low this step-by-step guide to cre­ate a door wreath us­ing suc­cu­lent alpine plants, which will last into the New Year, says Hannah Stephen­son

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - GARDENING AND PETS -

If you want to go chic on the Christ­mas wreath front this year, con­sider suc­cu­lents — they’ll last through the fes­tive sea­son and may even trans­fer to your gar­den later on.

Liv­ing wreaths give a great nat­u­ral look in­doors and out, but you’ll need dif­fer­ent plants for dif­fer­ent places — so in­doors, you can ex­per­i­ment with echev­e­ria and ha­wor­thia, while for an out­door wreath, you can use suc­cu­lent alpine plants such as se­dum or sem­per­vivum.

Here, Claire Bishop, plants buyer at Dob­bies Gar­den Cen­tres (dob­bies.com) of­fers this step-by-step guide to cre­at­ing your own nat­u­ral suc­cu­lent door wreath for Christ­mas...

What you need to get started: 12 suc­cu­lent alpine plants, like se­dum or sem­per­vivum (house leeks), se­lect­ing small plants in 5cm or 9cm pot sizes; moss, an oa­sis ring, florists wire, wire cut­ters and pins.

1. Cover your oa­sis ring

Soak your moss in wa­ter and use it to cover the oa­sis ring com­pletely.

2. Po­si­tion your plants

Place the plants one by one into the oa­sis ring, se­cur­ing with pins as you go.

3. Se­cure the wreath

To make your wreath ex­tra se­cure, wrap florists wire around it to re­duce any move­ment.

4. Com­plete the look

Add some fin­ish­ing touches to fill any gaps — pine cones or red berries are great for adding a fes­tive touch.

“For an in­door wreath, suc­cu­lents are the per­fect choice as they love a drier cli­mate and are very low main­te­nance,” says Bishop.

“When it comes to choos­ing the right ones, in gen­eral, the green­est suc­cu­lents will fare the best in­doors. Suc­cu­lents thrive in as much light as pos­si­ble, so dis­play­ing your wreath in view of a win­dow is ideal.”

If you are mak­ing a wreath for your door to greet guests, choose small plants in 5cm or 9cm pot sizes and try al­ter­nat­ing the types of plants for max­i­mum vis­ual im­pact.

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