MAKE YOUR OWN CHRIST­MAS WREATH

Burton Mail - - Your Garden -

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. In­doors, you can ex­per­i­ment with echev­e­ria and ha­wor­thia, while out­doors, you can use suc­cu­lent alpine plants such as se­dum or sem­per­vivum.

Here, Claire Bishop, plants buyer at Dob­bies Gar­den Cen­tres (dob­bies.com) of­fers a step-bystep 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.

CLAIRE’S EX­PERT AD­VICE

LIV­ING wreaths are per­fect for in­doors or out, but the type of plants used will de­pend on where you are ul­ti­mately go­ing to dis­play it.

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

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.

Claire con­tin­ues: “If you’ve opted for an in­door wreath us­ing succu­lents, make sure it looks its best by wa­ter­ing it once a week.

“You can do this by soak­ing your oa­sis ring in wa­ter and us­ing a mist­ing spray if re­quired.

“For out­door alpines, de­pend­ing on po­si­tion, mist if and when re­quired to keep plants look­ing fresh.”

■ By Hannah Stephen­son

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