How to make your own Christmas wreath using succulents
Claire Bishop, plants buyer at Dobbies Garden Centres 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. Place the plants one by one into the oasis ring, securing with pins as you go.
2. Secure the wreath: To make your wreath extra secure, wrap florists wire around it to reduce any movement.
3. Complete the look: Add finishing touches to fill any gaps – pine cones or red berries are great for a festive touch.
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 Bishop.
"They have become one of the most popular indoor houseplants due to their stand-out style, with Instagram feeds and Pinterest boards awash with cool cacti displays and trendy terrariums. This take on the wreath gives the succulent a new lease of life for the festive season.
"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.
"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."