With my dry, sandy soil I often look to drought tolerant plants like sedums, hens & chicks and other succulents and cactus in the garden. The chimney block I planted last summer came through the winter with no issues and is growing well. Pintrest is full of beautiful succulent projects, but although beautiful they can be expensive to put together and difficult to over winter indoors. I was looking for something fun and affordable.
This year we have preformed moss wreaths that are made with a wire frame to sit on a table or they have a ring for hanging. I decided to make a Hens & Chicks wreath.
First I soaked the dry wreath in a tub of water. The next step was to harvest some of my abundant Hens & Chicks, but you could also pick up a couple pots from our perennials and start with those. Stick to 3-4 varieties for the best look. I also grabbed a pruners and a pencil for making holes.
Once the wreath was saturated I let it drain. Using the largest plants first, space them around the wreath to help it look balanced. I pulled the larger plants apart and pruned the roots a bit. Using the pencil I was able to poke a hole between the fishing line that holds the wreath together to make a small hole to place each plant.
With a hole made, I simply tucked the plant roots in, using the eraser end of the pencil to push them in. I figured some roots broke but they will regrow in no time. These little guys, or girls I guess, are tough.
I continued the process with the smaller chicks until the wreath was balanced. I left room for these to grow but you could certainly fill it in more and trim off additional plants as they grow. As the new chicks grow from these plants I can guide them to a spot on the wreath and use wire to hold them in place until they root. We have 11″ moss wreath forms and assorted Hens & Chicks for you to get your own project going. Have fun!