"The wreath speaks to everyone," explains Teddy Colbert, who created her first living wreath 25 years ago. "Love without end; honor and victory. Today it's primarily a sign of hospitality."
Colbert's early wreaths were sensational living tapestries - succulents of different colors, sizes, and shapes growing in wire frames wrapped with sphagnum moss and filled with potting soil. She built a business around them. But eventually she longed to branch out, using other kinds of plants.
Salad greens, for instance. In the fields near her home in Somis, California, she discovered the beauty of lime green and red baby lettuces beside frisée (curly endive). Lettuce seedlings made her salad greens wreath a stunning success. "Then I asked myself, if lettuces work, why not herbs or even strawberries?" says Colbert.
You'll find three ideas below. On the next page, we give basic instructions for constructing any of Colbert's wreaths. You can buy frames at a craft or floral supply store. Colbert also sells wreath frame kits (800/833-3981 or www.livingwreath.com), as does Kinsman Company (800/733-4146 or www.kinsmangarden.com). Other supplies are available at nurseries and home centers.