Frame: Young (such as this year’s growth) hazel, willow, or dogwood whips will be flexible and therefore great for forming a frame; you will need three or four. (Alternatively, purchase a metal frame online or from Hobby Lobby.)
Foliage: The opportunities here are endless and each garden will provide unique features that can be used in a homemade wreath. Rich, dark foliage is great for a traditional winter wreath, including ivy, holly, and/or yew. Alternatively, eucalyptus, stems of bay leaves, or grass seed head tufts can offer festive flare.
Accents: The seed heads of angelica, fennel, oregano, yarrow, and even Thalictrum, as well as rosehips and pinecones, can be used for accent. Fennel seed heads, in particular, resemble the delicate patterns of snowflakes. (Not only can allowing a garden’s seed heads to mature be helpful in wreath making, but also provides winter food for wildlife, while adding interest to the garden over the winter months). Seed heads can be spray painted seasonal colours and lights and ribbons can be added. Also, consider the scent of the wreath material. The combinations of materials are truly endless; just make sure you like it!
Kit: Floral Wire, Wire Cutters, Secateurs, Pliers
Base Foliage: Yew (collected from seasonal hedge cuttings).
Colour & Texture Layers: Holly with berries (collected from Parham Garden’s Pleasure Grounds), Miscanthus sinensis “Rotsilber” grass seed head tufts (collected from Entrance Border).