Living Herb Wreath

Living Herb Wreath


How do you say herb?

Is it herb?

Or “erb”?

I think Martha says herb.

I heard her once when she was grinding her own spices.

And while we are on the topic….when you say niche……do you say nich or neesh?

When you say cache….do you say cashay or cash?

When you say nuclear….do you say nu-cu-lar or nu-clee-ur?


Or do you just say nothing….

…..because you don’t want to say the wrong thing.

Or just mumble and hope that someone thinks you are eating a Twix. Β πŸ™‚


Living Herb Wreath


wreath form


herbs (I used thyme and oregano and rosemary)

florist wire


Step 1: Β Purchase wreath form

You can find these at most garden centers or florists.

This one came with a back that you could remove so it made it easy to insert the moss.


Step 2: Β Layer moss in wreath form

Remove the back.

Layer moss in base of wreath form.

This is your base to retain moisture and provide a base for your herbs to grow.

Most websites recommended using sphagnum peat moss.

1-Living-Herb-Wreath Step 3: Β Replace back of wreath form and soak moss

Once you have layered your moss, replace the back on the wreath.

Soak the moss to make sure it is ready for planting the herbs.


Step 4: Β Plant herbs

Line up the plants evenly.

I used eight containers of creeping herbs: Β two rosemary, three thyme and three oregano.

Simple basic herbs that I would use in cooking or making customized room scents.

I inserted the herb from the container with the dirt ball still attached into the hole in the moss and then tucked extra moss around it to hold it in place.

I used floral wire to “train” some of the creepers on individual plants.

Eventually the herbs should grow and fill in and completely cover the wreath.


Your living spice rack is ready to hang.

And once a week, take it outside for a thorough soaking and let it drain before re-hanging it.

And for the record….I say “erb.”

And nich.

And cash.

And nu-clee-ar.

But I never, ever, ever…..

….just say nothing. πŸ™‚

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  1. The nice thing about writing a blog is that you don’t have to worry about pronouncing the words wrong. πŸ™‚ Love this wreath, dear! Have a great day.

  2. Adore. (both the wreath and your humor. And ditto on your pronunciations)

  3. Tomato tomahto ; potato potahto…..but please don’t call the whole thing off! I would miss your wonderful humor! Love the wreath too!

  4. What I say is…you are awesome!! You have the most wonderful posts! I love your taste in all you do, especially the way you write about your projects. Your humor brightens my day.

  5. I’ve seen and done succulent wreaths, but I’ve never seen them done with live herbs (erbs)! This could be so fun, and I bet it smells wonderful in the house!
    Debbie πŸ™‚

  6. Beautiful! I will be on the lookout for one of those wreath forms now…
    I actually pictured that wreath form spray painted and junked up for a wire kind of wreath… but I digress…

  7. Well, I’m from Kentucky, so I pronounce things the way you do (and sometimes I mumble) but I never stop talking.

    I bet this wreath smells heavenly.


  8. I love this! A pronunciation guide post! What a wonderful idea! Oh, the “erb” wreath is quite good too! I must try this! But, this begs the question…is it vahse, or vāse? Enquiring minds want I know! πŸ˜‰

  9. The wreath is fabulous, great tutorial too! I have such a “black” thumb, but I’m going to give it a shot!

  10. Anne Presley :

    If you were speechless, I would be worried and you forgot tomato! Have a fantastic day!

  11. On you what to do with herbs … or should I say erbs … board is there a pin on how to kill them? Because that’s a tutorial I can follow …

    πŸ™‚ Linda

  12. Oh Karianne! This is fantastic! I think I am going to have to copy you πŸ™‚ I have a few niches (ha!) in my living room that are the bane of my existence. I am forever trying to come up with ways to fill them. I had a contractor offer to drywall over them. I should have let him. I thought they added character to my older home. I should have found other ways to add character πŸ™‚ Like an herb wreath!

  13. What a great idea – I’ll give it a try, but haven’t had the best success growing herbs in the past! I think I’ll put this on my screen porch and see how it does there! Thanks for the inspiration! Hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend with your family!

  14. πŸ™‚ Lovely. Great tutorial too. And I pronounce all those words like you do – and rarely do I say nothing. Except for right now because I have lost my voice to this nasty cold/allergy thing I’ve got going on.

  15. Love it, so clever! And I say cash, neesh, and erb….;) Headed over to see your clipboard er um cache over at HomeTalk.


  16. “erb”…Martha’s not perfect…

  17. I am wild about herbs and I adore this wreath!

  18. First, I love your blog and have been a subscriber for some time now and enjoy all of your post. I was so excited to see that you added my pallet herb garden to your post…made my day! Thank you so much. Now I need to sooo make one of these wreaths …what a great idea… I think it would make a nice addition to the Pallet… Have a great weekend and again Thank you!

  19. Haha, I say erb. But my mom is Scottish and she says ‘airb’ lol so I say that too sometimes to be funny:)

  20. Gorgeous “erb” wreath Kari!!!..and great clipboard too!!….Have a great day!

  21. I haven’t visited in a while but have realized how much I enjoy your wit and humor, Karianne! I love your herb wreath and could only hope it would hold up here in our “oh so dry” desert climate! I do have a large pot filled with herbs, which I believe Martha refers to as a “pottage pot.” Just pronounce that the way you think Martha would, and you would be right!

    Having been married for almost forty-four years to an Engineer who was greatly involved with Trident Submarine & their nuclear missiles, you have to know how I pronounce that word! I also say nee…sh, cash & closh (not cloke as I’ve heard some people say). I used to say “erb,” but many years around my “chef” son has influenced me to say “herb!”

    Well, I’m so glad I stopped by and could be involved in clearing up some of the world’s mysteries……lol!

  22. Cheryl in Wisconsin :

    I can only imagine how nice that smells! I miss my herb plants. Hopefully most of the snow will melt this weekend.

    “It’s an ‘erb, Herb!” Does anybody remember that commercial? I remember that line, but not what product it was supposed to be selling.

  23. O, I am totally lovin’ this…but I love your cute personality MORE. :))

  24. Such a great idea and perfect for spring! I like your tutorial:) We have these supplies and my local nursery .. I might tackle this project next week! Have a nice weekend and Happy Easter!


  25. That is really a pretty idea…and the bonus of fresh herbs, too!

  26. Kari!! I love love love this wreath! This just shot straight to the top of my must plant list for spring!

    And for the record, I pronounce all of those things exactly like you. Must be a Southern thing! πŸ˜€

  27. i agree on your pronunciations except i say nu-cu-ler, but we can still be friends! πŸ˜‰ pronunciations are one of my pet peeves (i inherited this from my grammar-correcting mother, bless her heart), so you really struck a chord w/ me today! well, & i thoroughly love your {h}erb wreath as well! pinning it, of course!

  28. I – Love – This πŸ™‚ Hurry up, spring!

    (What a beautiful blog!)

  29. Erb, neesh, cash (“cashay” is cachet, another word entirely), and, unlike our 39th president, nu-clee-ur. LOVE the wreath. I imagine its fragrance would be just lovely.

  30. erb, cash, nitch, toe-may-toe. Thank you so much for a fabulous tut, this is wonderful, and I bet it smells amazing too πŸ™‚

    xo, Tanya

  31. Brilliant and so beautiful!!!
    Both you and the wreath.

  32. Great idea! I think I could keep it living too πŸ™‚ ha. Sharing on FB and pinning πŸ™‚

  33. Love it!! This would be so handy hanging on a kitchen door . . . . Hmmmmm . . . . And for the record, I say Nu-clee-ar, too. We heard the other just long enough, though, to make me feel like I’m saying it wrong for just that first few seconds . . . πŸ˜‰

  34. Did you get voted; cutest, funniest, best personality, best writer and most creative in HS????????? If you didn’t there is something SERIOUSLY wrong with those people!!!! I love your ERB wreath. This would be perfect for the inside of my morning room door!!! I always keep some tyoe of wreath there. Have a beautiful, blessed easter. XO, Pinky

  35. Oh wow! I totally love this! Oh and I say herb – I’m not refined enough to say “erb” πŸ™‚

  36. That is gorgeous. I would love to have one on my GAH-RAGSH door -er—GAR RAWG. Love it- xo Diana

  37. You are hilarious. And cool. And creative. Nice lookin’ wreath maker too.

  38. Fun post and great ideas on your board! We try to keep the bears out of the cash here so the cupboards aren’t bare!

  39. Oh this is so beautiful, I just have to try one for my outdoors! I have an indoor Aerogarden that I set up, watered, gave nutrients, checked on the lights daily…and it didn’t come up. I think it needs a new pump…bummer! So while I wait to order a part, I can have a living herb wreath already growing! Thanks for sharing!

  40. You are so clever….and cool…..and I want to be you for a day….that’s all….~Kim

  41. I just love what you come up with! I’ll be looking for a wire wreath like that!! Have a great night!~~Angela

  42. Donna sexton :

    Love the wreath but don’t know how well the herbs would do for me. I never have luck with rosemary. Does it need much sun? I bet lavender would smell amazing in it too.Your posts are too funny. I know alot of people pronounce these words differently. How do you pronounce Nashville?

  43. Very nice, but you have the best wreaths………….

  44. Beautiful – it looks good enough to eat! πŸ˜‰ I had to laugh at Rachel’s comment that the good thing about writing a blog is you don’t have to pronounce the words. I am ALWAYS writing words I don’t know how to pronounce. Once I wrote a whole post about Jacobean fabric, and a reader emailed me to ask how to pronounce it. I hopped right on google and found the answer, which was definitely NOT how I had been pronouncing it in my head. (It’s “juh-KOH-bee-in, not Jacob-been. haha.)

  45. I have had herb gardens in every home we have lived in – including this townhouse which has a nice courtyard area. So, that’s at least – gulp – 35 years. I still get a thrill every time I go out with my garden scissors to snip something for a meal I’m cooking. Already our chives are coming up, and the rosemary survived the winter. Yippee!!

  46. I have two sizes of these frames and can’t wait to make up a herb wreath. Great idea, XOXO

  47. You crack me up! Love this blog!

  48. Totally want to make this. Such a fun thing. Are you pining for spring, like I am? I built a 2×4 ft planter out of 2x4x8s today. I needed a place to move my clematis . They were taking up too much valuable real estate in my vegetable bed. And it’s time to plant the peas.

  49. OOOH girl! I LOVE this ‘erb wreath! Some day, if it ever gets above 33 degrees here in Illinois, I’m gonna find a cool wreath form with a removable back and make one…and it will smell good…and I’ll use the herbs to make some room fragrance..or maybe dinner…and think of you! PINNING! …Happy Easter! xo

  50. Of course and beyond a doubt-this wreath form is amazing-I have always wondered what the trick was to this-!! Thank you, thank you! And thank you for being you!

    Happy Easter!

  51. Tara Monthomery :

    It looks great Kari!

  52. Are you channeling your inner Fred Astaire? I know you got the shoes, girl! Lovely wreath. When my golden stops eating all my plants I will try it.

  53. Absolutely charming, KariAnne. I love this wreath!!!

  54. What a gorgeous wreath! I think you should make me one since I’m not crafty like that. Yep, and drive it all the way back up to IL. I’ll make you more chocolate chip cookies. Deal?

  55. Beautiful, Karianne! And thanks for the giggle : )


  56. Those are the herbs I use most in my kitchen. I love this idea. We moved last summer so my beautiful herb garden that finally was a wonderful full bed of lovely is hopefully going to be someone else’s soon (fingers crossed!) I’m ready to start over at our new home, but this would give me a jump on fresh herbs. You are also very funny. I live in the midwest and one thing I hear often is wersh for wash. Not a normal mispronounced word but still makes me smile.

    • Shirley, I live in Il and a good friend says wersh too. It’s the only word she “mis-pronounces”.

  57. Hi, cute wreath. I’ve not seen this type of wire form so I’ll be on the lookout. In the meantime you’ve inspired me to try my hand at this project but with BEDSPRINGS! I bought two rusty springs at a flea market…things always look great stylized by the vendors. My husband just rolled his eyes when I told him I bought 2 for $5 but I think they’ll look great with moss and a plant coming out the top. A living vase inspired by you!

  58. Missed this one earlier, but as with all your post, it has left me smiling and thinking about the clever way you write a post. I’m forever a fan, Karianne. And by the way, is it Kari Anne or Karianne? ‘-)
    ~ Sarah

  59. This is such a neat project! I definitely am pinning and hoping I can find someone to make one for me. Or I guess I could make it myself!

  60. Love this! I know it must smell heavenly ~


  61. The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as a lot as this 1. I mean, I know it was my option to read, but I in fact thought youd have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about some thing that you simply could fix if you happen to werent too busy looking for attention.

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