Display this garden crafts project in your kitchen in a sunny spot, and you’ll be growing fresh herbs in style!
- Ready-made sphagnum peat moss wreath (preferably with a hanger attached)
- Basin or washtub
- Topiary pins
- Assorted herbs (we used chives, purple basil, sweet basil, Cuban oregano, feverfew and tricolor sage)
Half-fill a large basin or tub with water and set it on a flat, sturdy surface. Dip the wreath inside and splash water on it. Let the wreath soak for a few seconds until it’s damp enough for planting. (If you’d like to make your own wreath, just buy sphagnum peat moss and pack it into a wire form. That way, you can experiment with different shapes and sizes. Just make sure the hanging hardware supports the weight of the finished wreath.)
Before you begin planting, arrange the plants according to color and size around the wreath to get a good idea of the finished product. When you’re satisfied, use your thumbs to make small holes where you can insert the plants. In the wreath above, chives were planted first because they occupy the outermost edge. Bushier herbs, like basil and oregano, were added next. Continue to add plants until your wreath is full.
Secure plants with topiary pins. The pins keep the plants in place and allow you to position foliage to help cover up bare spots. The plants grow while maintaining the shape of the wreath. Snip any unruly plants with shears, and hang your finished wreath on a wall or door. Planning to snip fresh herbs from it regularly? Display in the kitchen in a sunny spot.