Christmas wreaths on the front door are a tradition, but there are also wreaths that celebrate the arrival of warmer weather.
You can put up spring wreaths with an assortment of faux flowers and greenery even when chilly winds are still blowing. They stay looking great well into the heart of the season, more realistic than the stiff, plastic versions of decades past. Or you can find or make wreaths using real flowers, dried or foraged.
Pottery Barn has a spring wreath with faux white dogwood blossoms — one of the first trees to bloom in spring — nestled among wispy ferns. Another wreath features a soft, gray-green palette with faux silver sage and eucalyptus leaves.
Grandin Road's Haley wreath is a spirited mix of fluffy, white, faux-hydrangea puffballs, accented with lifelike greenery and vines. Here too, a striking 28-inch-wide wreath chock-full of pink or yellow faux tulips.
For a floral alternative, consider Birch Lane's wreath festooned with puffy white cotton balls. Or the artichoke wreath, with a mix of textural greens on a woven vine base. Realistic lemons add freshness, color and contrast to a leafy wreath at Lowes.
Wreaths are easy and fun to put together yourself if you're feeling crafty.
Grapevine or faux-moss-covered Styrofoam wreath frames can be found at most craft stores and many garden centers. If you've got an old picture frame or embroidery hoop lying around, you can repurpose it. Then just weave your array of polyester blooms and greenery through the vines, or attach with hot glue. Load up the backdrop with lots of flowers, or create a minimalist vignette with just a few artfully placed ones. The unadorned section can be left as is, or dressed with a covering of ribbon, burlap or other fabric to match your door.
Or wrap the wreath frame in an old knit sweater or scarf in pastel hues, add some oversize buttons, jeweled pins, shells or faux flowers; just make sure your hanging location is weatherproof.
Jen Hadfield of the crafting site Tater Tots and Jello has instructions for a simple, moss-covered wreath dressed with a handful of white fabric butterflies; the effect is elegant and charming.
You'll also find lots of clever wreath-craft ideas at Country Living.
Beyond the usual circle frame, you might consider a giant Styrofoam initial. Or make an initial or word out of chicken wire stuffed with floral foam and moss that can be embellished with blossoms, fruit or greens.
Watering cans and baskets can be repositories for both faux and real flowers; if you're using real plants, line the vessel with a sturdy zipper-top plastic bag and insert wet floral foam.
ProFlowers offers wreaths with a mix of preserved and dried flowers that can be kept for years: myrtle, larkspur, dried lemon leaves and hydrangea come together harmoniously to create a vintage vibe, while clusters of larkspur, fern, roses and other florals evoke a sunny country garden.
They've also got a living wreath formed of moss and uber-trendy succulent varietals; place it in a warm sunny location and it will be welcoming your front-door visitors right through summer.