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Simple DYI Fall Wreath – Video Tutorial

I got asked to show how I go about making my wreaths by an online garden store. So I went outside of my comfort zone and made a video tutorial. I figured it was easier to show the process though a video than with photos.

The wreath is simple. The base is made out of dried ferns. For extra decoration I added dried Hydrangeas, Agastache, grasses and artificial acorns. The acorn were the only thing that did not come out of my garden.

Dried Ferns, dried Hydrangea ’Annabelle’, Agastache blooms, grass and acorns

Hakonechloa Macra – Japanese Forest Grass

Hakonechloa, Heuchera ’Sweet tea’ in the front and Heuchera ’Obsidian’ in the back. Iris and Hostas peaking up form the right.

It’s hard to describe how beautiful the Japanese forrest grass is with just a photo. The picture is still while the beauty of this grass lies in its movement. When the wind blows it looks almost like these settle green waves flowing around in the garden.

Hakonechloa, Heuchera ’Sweet tea’

I’ve planted it together with Heucheras for contrast. The combination makes both the plants stand out.

Hakonechloa gets 12-18 in. (30-45cm) tall and 18-24 in. (45-60cm) wide. It prefers part shade, although in my garden it gets only 3-4 h of sun. It’s a slow starter and grows very slowly for the first two years. Year three it takes off and proves it was well worth the wait!

Hakonechloa, Heuchera ’Sweat Tea’, Sweet Woodruff and Clethra alnifolia ‘Hummingbird’ (Summersweet) in the background

My plants are three years old so they have just begun to do their thing.

Easy to Dry Flowers and Grasses

Sedum ’Herbstfreude’ , Hydrangea ’Annabelle’ & Feather Reed Grass ”Karl Foerster”

Here are three flowers and grasses that are really easy to dry.

#1 Sedum ’Herbstfreude’

Dead easy to dry – just cut and place in a container, no water needed. It stays pretty for a long time!

Sedum ’Herbstfreude’

#2 Hydrangea ’Annabelle’

Have a look at my post about how to dry Hydrangeas. When it comes to this type of Hydrangea, ’Annabelle’, make sure the blooms have turned from cream white to lime green before drying. Otherwise they might loose their form.

Hydrangea ’Annabelle’

#3 Feather Reed Grass ”Karl Foerster”

This grass turns into the most beautiful feather-light form when dried. Just cut and put in a container, no water needed. It might last as long as the first two but in my opinion it’s still worth bringing inside and enjoying for a few weeks.

Feather Reed Grass ”Karl Foerster”

Dried flowers are perfect for the darkest corners of the home. They bring a feeling of nature in spots where house plants won’t grow.

Clethra alnifolia ’Hummingbird’ (Summersweet)

My Sweetsummer shrubs are in full bloom and the fragrance is amazing!

Clethra alnifolia ’Hummingbird’ (Summersweet), Hakonechloa macra (Japanese forest grass) and Astrantia major ’Alba’ (Great Masterwort)

I planted them close to the house so that I could walk pass them every time I go out into the garden and feel their scent.

Summersweet is a gorgeous shrub that blooms for 4-6 week mid summer until fall. It’s one of few shrubs that does really well in half to full shade, can tolerate wet soil and is loved by bees and butterflies. So if you have a shady and wet area this shrub will do the trick!

Summersweet blooms

Blooms open from bottom to top and attract bees and butterflies.

Clethra alnifolia ’Hummingbird’ (Summersweet), Heuchera ’Palace purple’, Hakonechloa macra (Japanese forest grass), Acer griseum (Paperbark Maple) and Astrantia major ’Alba’ (Great Masterwort)

Summersweet grows 2-4 feet (60-120cm) tall and 3-5 feet (90-150cm) wide. I planted them quite close to each other to create a small hedge that hides a messy potting table in the corner.

Make your garden appear bigger with big-sized raised beds

Large object make the space look bigger – small objects do the opposite
It might seem odd, but one big container, shrub or tree makes an area appear bigger while many smaller objects do the opposite, especially if spread out. Use large raised beds to make a small garden appear bigger.

Wooden big raised bed with Boxwood, Heuchera ’Obsidian’ and Creeping forget-me-not Omphalodes verna
Boxwoods being structure and create winter interest
Deschampsia cespitosa ’Goldschleier’ (tufted hair grass) contrasts the dark Heuchera ’Obsidian’. It’s a beautiful semi-green grass that can handle sun to part shade and grows 2-3 feet tall.
Mid spring bloomer Globeflower Trollius x cultorum ’Cheddar’ picks up the yellow color from the Tufted hair grass. Grows 25-27 in full sun – part shade.
Columbine Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ’Black Barlow’ picks up the dark colors of the Heuchera ’Obsidian’. Can handle sun – part sun, grows 28-30 in high and can self seed.
The Creeping forget-me-not Omphalodes verna, sometime called blue-eyed Mary is a lovely ground cover that comes up early in the with fresh green leaves and tiny blue flowers. It prefers part-shade but does ok in shade as well.

Visit to Peter Korn’s garden

peter korns trädgård
Beautiful lupins and ”the meadow” in the background

Stepping into Peter Korn’s garden is like stepping into a completely different part of the world. Peter has created a unique ecosystem of ordinary plants like lupins and irises mixed with anything but ordinary plants like cactus. To grow cacti in Sweden seemed like magic to me, so I was very excited to visit this place.

The garden is set on a hillside with a view to die for. The borders are made out of sand and gravel – which is how Peter has gotten exotic plants to grow in a cool climate. If you’re curious to know more, Peter has written a book on about the garden.

More Lupins combined with yellow Irises
View of the pond
More pretty lupins
Nature taking over
Cosy corner of the garden. Water lilies are in bloom.

Peter was nice enough to give me one of the cacti he has grown. He ensured me that it will survive the Swedish winter as long as it gets plenty of sun and stays planted in sand. I gave it a new home in the sunniest corner of my garden.