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Living Wreaths

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Friday, September 28, 2018 - 2:00am

Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist

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Wreaths decorate our homes for many holidays. Have you ever considered a living wreath today on Southern Gardening.

Southern Gardening with Gary Bachman is produced by the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

As we spend more of our time in the summer and fall, what would be more perfect than to have a functional living wreath on the patio or deck? A living wreath is not only an attractive blend of colors and textures, but can be functional. Having our favorite herbs only a snip away would be very convenient. You only need a wire wreath form, long fiber sphagnum pete moss, potting mix, and your favorite herbs to make your own living wreath. Premade sphagnum wreaths are available from your favorite hobby or florist shop and come with a variety of shapes and sizes.

Soak your wreath for a few minutes to saturate. Arrange your plants in a wreath shape to help visualize the finished product. When satisfied with your design, use your fingers to punch holes in the sphagnum. Start on the outside and work your way to the center until your wreath is full.  Use florist wire or topiary pins to secure the plants. This will keep the plants in place as they grow and full in any bare spots.

Any unruly plants can be snipped to restore order. Spray your wreaths periodically using the garden hose to keep it healthy and fresh. Deadheading any spent flowers or pinching sprigs of herbs to cook with will promote new growth and help the wreath looking dense and lush looking. By using few of your favorite herbs, you can enjoy a stunning living wreath display in your outdoor living space all season long.

I am horticulturist Gary Bachman for Southern Gardening.

Southern Gardening with Gary Bachman is produced by the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

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