A couple of weeks ago I was gifted a fresh bundle of Sweet Annie, an herb also known as annual wormwood. The plant is a variety of Artemisia with fern-like foliage. Sweet Annie has long been used for making dried wreaths, arrangements, sachets and decades ago, simply for hanging to deter insects.
I happen to be very lucky to know a horticulturist who tends an herb garden for education and display in my hometown. When I work with her, I learn so much about plants, their history and usage. I watched as a fellow Master Gardener worked with some Sweet Annie in the garden fashioning it into a wreath. I decided to try it myself at home.
I chose to use a wire frame and gently misted the plant material to help it form into a circular wreath. I cut the lengths of plant material in 6-7 inch lengths and then wired them and laid them on top of each other. The garden wire is green and easily hides into the wreath. I continued around the frame until I admired the look of the design.
I have the wreath hanging on my garage door which greats me every day as I access my home. The fragrance of this plant is lovely and has stayed for quite a while after hanging.
Other ideas for combining Sweet Annie would be to add yarrow, dried herbs, such as: sage, tarragon, lavender, or even Chinese lanterns which also are prevalent this time of year.
So, here is another way to enjoy the garden after harvest.