Summer is winding down, the nights are getting cooler, and I looked at my overflowing herb plants for inspiration. Preserving some of the garden bounty for the fall and winter is easy with culinary and ornamental herbs. A quick project using fresh herbs that are pliable and fragrant, you can whip up a simple wreath that will dry in a week or two. Hanging conveniently in the kitchen, it is easy to break off a sprig to add zest to your cooking.
Basket and clippers in hand, I browsed through my gardens snipping off herbs that I often use in cooking, adding some globe amaranth Pink Zazzle, and Cockscomb to add a zing of color. Pink Zazzle Gomphrena has a straw like texture, so is easy to work into the wreath. African Blue Basil is another stellar herb for arranging and drying.
Using a performed wire wreath base to start ( I used a 14″ one), cut your herbs into short 6 inch lengths and lay the pieces into the base. I had lots of rosemary and lavender so used these as a fragrant base. Wind a continuous strand of florist wire around the base, keeping the short pieces firmly attached to the base. Use plenty of material as the herbs will shrink as they dry, leaving empty spaces.
Start bundling your herbs together using green florist pipe cleaners so you can easily attach them to the base.
Start attaching the bundles one at a time, moving around the wreath, overlapping one on top of another, hiding the pipe cleaner.
When you have covered the base thoroughly with herb bundles, I like to add some color. Here I used pink cockscomb and globe amaranth which dries nicely.
Letting the wreath dry flat ensures that the herbs won’t sag or droop down as it dries. This takes about 2-3 weeks and you are ready to hang. After about a week, the herbs were shrinking so much, that I decided to add bunches of fresh thyme to fill the gaps. So, don’t hesitate to use loads of herbs to thoroughly cover the wreath base when you first make it.
13 Replies to “Fresh Herbal Wreath”
Claire, this is lovely. Great idea.
Thanks, I hope to get another one done before frost hits for a Christmas gift.
So lovely, Claire! I’m inspired to create an herbal wreath from my garden this week. Many thanks!! ♡
Thanks, now is the time to do it before frosts hits.
This is brilliant. So useful and I’m sure it smells delicious.
Oh, I can hardly wait to hear you on Wednesday at the Crown Plaza!
Have a great day~🐞
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JUST WANTS TO FILL IN SOMETHING I HAVE DISCOVERED ABOUT THE PINK ZAZZLE I STUMBLED UPON THE PLANT IN JUNE AT HOME DEPOT FLA TOOK IT HOME , THE FLOWERS LASTED FOR CLOSE TO 3 MONTH THEN IT LOOK PALE IN COLORI DECIDED TO CUT THE CLOSE TO DEAD FLOWERS OFF PRUNE THE DEAD LEAVES ADD A LITTLE EXTRA SOIL THEN I NOTICE THE LEAVES GOT BRIGHTER AND NEW LEAVES START TO COME OUT IN THE AREAS THAAT WAS PRUNE I ALSO NOTICE WATERING IS BEST WHEN. THE SOIL ITS IN SEEMS DRY AND A LITTLE AWAY FROM THE POTI AM NOW IN THE PROCESS OF ROOTING FROM THIS PLANT I THINH I WILL BE TAKING A PIECE OF THE PLANT WAY DOWN TO THE SOIL WITTH A LITTLE ROOT I ALSO ADDED A LITTLE BETTER GROW BROMELIAD AND ORCHID FOOD 11-11-18
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