This living herb wreath project is simple and comes together quickly.

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.  🙂

This living herb wreath is made with moss, thyme, oregano, rosemary and florist wire.

Living Herb Wreath


wreath form


herbs (I used thyme and oregano and rosemary)

florist wire

The first step for creating an herb wreath is purchasing a wreath form from your local garden center or florist.

Step 1:  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.

Begin layering moss within your wreath form.

Step 2:  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.

Once the wreath is full, begin soaking moss in preparation to plant your herbs. Step 3:  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.

Line up your plants evenly in your wreath form in between each open space.

Step 4:  Plant herbs

Line up the plants evenly.

I used eight containers of creeping herbs:  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.

Once completely assembled, your living herb wreath is ready to be hung.

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. 🙂

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  1. Image for AnnaM AnnaM

    What I say 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.

  2. Image for Debbie Debbie

    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 :)

  3. Image for Susan Susan

    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... :) Susan

  4. Image for Laura Laura

    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. Hugs, Laura

  5. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    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 it vahse, or vāse? Enquiring minds want I know! ;)

  6. Image for adrienne adrienne

    Oh Karianne! This is fantastic! I think I am going to have to copy you :) 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 :) Like an herb wreath!

  7. Image for Doreen Doreen

    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!

  8. Image for Jill Flory Jill Flory

    :) 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.

  9. Image for Tammy Tammy

    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!

  10. Image for CAS CAS

    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, 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! Carol

  11. Image for Cheryl in Wisconsin 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.

  12. Image for Leslie Leslie

    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! xxleslie

  13. Image for Beth@Unskinny Boppy Beth@Unskinny Boppy

    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! :D

  14. Image for joanna joanna

    i agree on your pronunciations except i say nu-cu-ler, but we can still be friends! ;) 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!

  15. Image for JulieBaby JulieBaby

    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.

  16. Image for Tanya Tanya

    erb, cash, nitch, toe-may-toe. Thank you so much for a fabulous tut, this is wonderful, and I bet it smells amazing too :) xo, Tanya twelveOeight

  17. Image for Regina Regina

    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 . . . ;)

  18. Image for Pinky Pinky

    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

  19. Image for Pendra Pendra

    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! Hugs, Pendra

  20. Image for Donna sexton 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?

  21. Image for Kelly @ View Along the Way Kelly @ View Along the Way

    Beautiful - it looks good enough to eat! ;) 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.)

  22. Image for Janette@The2Seasons Janette@The2Seasons

    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!!

  23. Image for Marian Marian

    Totally want to make this. Such a fun thing. Are you pining for spring, like I am? I built a 2x4 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.

  24. Image for Kimberly ~Serendipity Refined Kimberly ~Serendipity Refined

    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

  25. Image for Joyce Joyce

    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! Jemma

  26. Image for Erin Erin

    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.

  27. Image for Melanie Melanie

    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?

  28. Image for Shirley Shirley

    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.

  29. Image for Debbiecz Debbiecz

    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!

  30. Image for Sarah Sarah

    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

  31. Image for Karen Karen

    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!

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