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I’m just going to say it…Today’s post rules!

Why is it so amazing? I’m glad you asked! One of my main goals for this blog is to make gardening accessible for everyone. I am passionate about making people passionate about gardening. Being surrounded by beautiful plants is such a blessing and I want everyone to experience that. How exactly does today’s post do that? Well, I am offering you 3 Ways to Bring Your Garden Inside for Effortless Entertaining. I like to call each of these glass gardens. (Be sure to read until the end for a very special surprise!)

3 Ways to Bring Your Garden Inside for Entertaining: Glass Gardens  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

For each of these glass gardens I am using clippings of Soft Caress Mahonia. We planted tons of it in our side yard to hide the hideous air conditioning units. I had no idea that I would fall in love with this foliage, but I did and now I can’t get enough.

3 Ways to Bring Your Garden Inside for Entertaining: Glass Gardens  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

This first glass garden could not be any easier! Simply fill a glass bowl with water and then submerge a few sprigs. Feel free to move them around until you are happy with the placement. Such an easy way to bring some green into your home when it is your time to host!

3 Ways to Bring Your Garden Inside for Entertaining: Glass Gardens  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

3 Ways to Bring Your Garden Inside for Entertaining: Glass Gardens  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

I really love this next glass garden because it turns your foliage into a work of art.

I purchased these glass frames from Homeart several years ago. You can use them to bring any corner of your home to life. Just place a few sprigs between the glass and then get ready to impress your guests.

3 Ways to Bring Your Garden Inside for Entertaining: Glass Gardens  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

This might be my favorite glass garden yet! Simply take the framed clippings that you have just created above and lay them flat for place settings or serving trays. They will add an element of elegance to any surface surrounded by guests.

3 Ways to Bring Your Garden Inside for Entertaining: Glass Gardens  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Side Note: I have recently kicked my coffee drinking habit and have switched over to tea. There is nothing like a hot cup of tea on a cold day. My favorite is chai tea with fresh ginger and honey. Mmm…So good!

3 Ways to Bring Your Garden Inside for Entertaining: Glass Gardens  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

3 Ways to Bring Your Garden Inside for Entertaining: Glass Gardens  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

The thing I love most about glass gardens (and what I hope you will appreciate too) is how quick and easy they are to create.

They can also be pretty amazing to look at…

3 Ways to Bring Your Garden Inside for Entertaining: Glass Gardens  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Images via Chihuly | Dallas Arboretum

A few years ago I visited the Dallas Arboretum. If you appreciate beauty at all, this botanical garden is a must see. What did I find there? The ultimate glass gardens, of course!

Have a great weekend! Oh, and before you go…

I just had to share one of my favs with you…giving away three glass frames.

I promise you will love them!

(Must be a resident of the United States and 18 or older to enter and win.)

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Spring Container Gardens: Floral arrangement featuring Japanese Bird Nest Fern, Begonia,and Ivy by Carmen Johnston Gardens

For today’s garden recipe it is all about the lines. What exactly does that mean? When a floral arrangement is balanced, it has good lines. Basically, the “lines” help define the shape of an arrangement.

Ingredients:
1. Japanese Bird Nest Fern (Tall)
2. Begonia (Thick)
3. Ivy (Trailing)

Spring Container Gardens: Floral arrangement featuring Japanese Bird Nest Fern, Begonia,and Ivy by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Don’t be afraid to combine extremely tall plants with smaller plants like begonia. Your garden is just that–yours! So don’t worry about breaking any rules. There are no rules, just endless possibilities to explore.

Spring Container Gardens: Floral arrangement featuring Japanese Bird Nest Fern, Begonia,and Ivy by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Can we talk about the radiant color of this begonia for a second? Wow! She looks incredibly lush.

Spring Container Gardens: Floral arrangement featuring Japanese Bird Nest Fern, Begonia,and Ivy by Carmen Johnston Gardens

I also can’t get over how well the ivy pulls everything together. It really creates a unified look.

Spring Container Gardens: Floral arrangement featuring Japanese Bird Nest Fern, Begonia,and Ivy by Carmen Johnston Gardens

The height of the Japanese Birds Nest paired with this short, oval container creates really good lines.

Side Note: My amazingly talented friend, Andrea of Couture House Interiors, built this beautiful bar cart/plant stand. Oh, if you only knew the story behind that, but I’ll save it for another day.

Meet you back here tomorrow for day 10 of our countdown to spring. Only 3 weeks left!

Fingers crossed for warmer weather soon!

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How to decorate with the Hanging Staghorn Fern by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Have you heard of the Hanging Staghorn Fern yet? I have seen these beauties everywhere lately! They are usually seen hanging from wooden planks, but I wanted to give you all a new way to hang these funky plants in your homes.

Ingredients:
1. Hanging Staghorn Fern
2. Moss

How to decorate with the Hanging Staghorn Fern by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Directions:
1. First, give this plant plenty of water to drink.
2. Hang your basket next.
3. Remove fern from pot and situate it in the base of your hanging basket.
4. Soak moss and then squeeze out any excess water before placing it in your basket and around your fern.

(Tip: When choosing a basket, pick something with wide, open holes. This will allow the fern to stay put and to grow.)

How to decorate with the Hanging Staghorn Fern by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Maintenance:
1. The Staghorn Fern is an air plant. This means that it needs air to help it grow.
2. The warmer it is, the more water it needs. Also, the opposite is true when it is cold.

How to decorate with the Hanging Staghorn Fern by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Hang in there! Spring is getting closer and closer every day.

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Sometimes it's the container that makes all of the difference. Love these little frogs!  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

We have reached the end of week one for our countdown to spring! Can you believe it? Time really does fly when you’re playing in dirt every day. Seriously, I have the best job. I hope you are enjoying yourself as much as me!

There is still more fun to be had , though! So, let’s get started with today’s garden recipe for spring.

Ingredients:
1. African Mask-Alocasia (Tall)
2. Syngonium-Nepthytis (Thick)
3. Lemon Button Fern (Trailing)

Sometimes it's the container that makes all of the difference. Love these little frogs!  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Sometimes it's the container that makes all of the difference. Love these little frogs!  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Sometimes it's the container that makes all of the difference. Love these little frogs!  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Such a rich color on the leaves of the Alocasia! It will definitely make a statement in whatever container you choose.

Sometimes it's the container that makes all of the difference. Love these little frogs!  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Its striking foliage looks right at home in this container, don’t you think? It was a gift that Tommy and I received on our wedding day. I remember thinking that it was a little unique at first, but it has definitely grown on me over the years. I just love the funky, little frogs!

Sometimes it's the container that makes all of the difference. Love these little frogs!  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Maintenance:
1. Keep within sight of a window, but avoid direct sunlight!
2. This plants loves humidity, which means she needs a lot of water to help beat the heat.

Sometimes it's the container that makes all of the difference. Love these little frogs!  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Warning:
This plant can be toxic! Keep away from children and pets.

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Spring Container Garden Ideas: Kangaroo Fern ... so pretty it can stand on its own!  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

I spy something pretty and green!

While some plants need companions to help them look their best, other plants can really stand on their own. Today’s plant is one of those plants. She is full and fun and fabulous!

Ingredients:
1. Kangaroo Fern

Spring Container Garden Ideas: Kangaroo Fern ... so pretty it can stand on its own!  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

The other day I walked into our den and smelled the most amazing smell. I had completely forgotten about the Kangaroo Fern sitting in the corner of the room. I had no idea that this plant gave off such a fresh and exciting smell. It is a subtle mix of cloves and citrus–So good!

Spring Container Garden Ideas: Kangaroo Fern ... so pretty it can stand on its own!  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

If you love spending time with your plants and giving them plenty to drink, this is the perfect plant for you. The Kangaroo Fern loves getting her feet wet!

Spring Container Garden Ideas: Kangaroo Fern ... so pretty it can stand on its own!  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Maintenance:
1. Place next to a sunny window or on the porch…once it warms up.

Avoid direct sunlight!

Spring Container Garden Ideas: Kangaroo Fern ... so pretty it can stand on its own!  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Fun Fact: The word “fern” comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “fearn” which means feather.

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Simple Spring Container Garden with the beautiful upside down booms of Cyclamen by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Today’s container garden for spring is super simple. Simple, but effective.

Ingredients:
1. Cyclamen

Simple Spring Container Garden with the beautiful upside down booms of Cyclamen by Carmen Johnston Gardens

For my container garden I am showing you all the upside down blooms of cyclamen, but you can use whatever plant you choose. You just need 3 like plants and then we can get started.

Simple Spring Container Garden with the beautiful upside down booms of Cyclamen by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Maintenance:
1. Place in bright, indirect light

Simple Spring Container Garden with the beautiful upside down booms of Cyclamen by Carmen Johnston Gardens

This container was a birthday gift from my sweet mother in-law. The tall and narrow shape makes any plant look good.

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Overwhelm your senses with this aromatic container garden for Spring by Carmen Johnston Gardens.  Featuring Hyacinth,Fittonia and Lemon Button Fern

As our countdown continues, I get more and more excited for spring. I can almost smell it! If you want to overwhelm your own senses with the smell of spring today’s container garden is the perfect remedy for you.

Ingredients:
1. Hyacinth (Tall)
2. Fittonia (Thick)
3. Lemon Button Fern (Trailing)

Overwhelm your senses with this aromatic container garden for Spring by Carmen Johnston Gardens.  Featuring Hyacinth,Fittonia and Lemon Button Fern

Hyacinth has such a sweet aroma. I just can’t get enough! The roots are super dreamy too. (Tip: When buying hyacinth be sure the blooms are still tight and have not yet opened. This will ensure several weeks of bloom power.)

Overwhelm your senses with this aromatic container garden for Spring by Carmen Johnston Gardens.  Featuring Hyacinth,Fittonia and Lemon Button Fern

Overwhelm your senses with this aromatic container garden for Spring by Carmen Johnston Gardens.  Featuring Hyacinth,Fittonia and Lemon Button Fern

Directions:
1. Combine all three plants and fill your home with the scents of spring

Overwhelm your senses with this aromatic container garden for Spring by Carmen Johnston Gardens.  Featuring Hyacinth,Fittonia and Lemon Button Fern

Maintenance:
1. After you are done with this container garden plant the hyacinth in your yard for repeat blooms year after year. Dig a hole 6 inches deep and plant root side down.

Overwhelm your senses with this aromatic container garden for Spring by Carmen Johnston Gardens.  Featuring Hyacinth,Fittonia and Lemon Button Fern

If you have a lot of patience (unlike me), this Egg-Shaped Hyacinth Topiary by Martha Stewart could be a fun garden project for you this Easter.

Overwhelm your senses with this aromatic container garden for Spring by Carmen Johnston Gardens.  Featuring Hyacinth,Fittonia and Lemon Button Fern

Have a great week, everyone!

I hope your days are filled with all the happiness that the scents of spring bring.

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You have probably noticed by now that I really like to use unusual containers for my gardens. Don’t get me wrong, I like a nice terra cotta pot every now and then but I also like to mix it up. I have had this particular container for years! It is so simple, yet so special. Seriously, it can make anything look good. However, today’s plant doesn’t need any help looking good.

Soil to Centerpiece: Bringing Blooms Indoors with Carmen Johnston Gardens

Hellebores, or Lenten Roses, are perennials, which means that they come back every year. I just had to show them off while they are still in bloom. With the help of my bubble vase, these Lenten Roses make the perfect centerpiece.

Soil to Centerpiece: Bringing Blooms Indoors with Carmen Johnston Gardens

Soil to Centerpiece: Bringing Blooms Indoors with Carmen Johnston Gardens

Don’t be afraid to let the roots show either! I have really grown to love the raw look of a plant’s roots.

Soil to Centerpiece: Bringing Blooms Indoors with Carmen Johnston Gardens

Tips:
1. When you are done with your centerpiece, plant your roses in a shady area.
2. Make sure that the soil drains well. She does not like wet feet!

Soil to Centerpiece: Bringing Blooms Indoors with Carmen Johnston Gardens

Visit Gardening Know How for more information on how to care for this soil to centerpiece plant.

You won’t want to miss our Container Gardens for Spring series. 28 days of beautiful ideas and tutorials just for you!

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Spring Container Gardens: Back to the Basics with the Three T's by Carmen Johnston Gardens

I hope you all had fun with the Succulent Sconce I shared yesterday. Today, it is back to the basics. And by basics, I mean The Three T’s of Container Gardens.

Ingredients:
1. Hydrangea (Tall)
2. Lenton Rose (Thick)
3. Rabbit Foot Fern (Trailing)

Spring Container Gardens: Back to the Basics with the Three T's by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Hydrangeas are impossible to resist! The beautiful creamy white dip dyed with blue–I fall for it every time! I have tons planted in my yard. It is a nice reminder that spring is on its way. (Tip: When planting hydrangeas from the grocery store be extremely careful when removing the pot. I usually keep the pot on for easy planting.)

Spring Container Gardens: Back to the Basics with the Three T's by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Spring Container Gardens: Back to the Basics with the Three T's by Carmen Johnston Gardens

I also want to introduce you all to the Rabbit Foot Fern today. This is a super easy fern to grow! If you are a product of the 80’s or 90’s, this plant will definitely remind you of those tacky keychains that we all use to love so much.

Spring Container Gardens: Back to the Basics with the Three T's by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Directions:
1. Add your tall plant first.
2. Then you should add your thick plant for texture.
3. Finally, add your trailing plant to complete the look.

Spring Container Gardens: Back to the Basics with the Three T's by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Maintenance:
1. Water once every three days
2. Keep next to a sunny window

Hydrangeas from a trip this past summer to Greenwich

Hydrangeas from a trip this past summer to Greenwich

Spring Container Gardens: Back to the Basics with the Three T's by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Hydrangeas for days

Spring Container Gardens: Back to the Basics with the Three T's by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Looking forward to seeing these babies this summer

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Go and rest up for the week ahead. I will meet you back here tomorrow for another garden recipe for spring!

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Alright, rule breakers–this one is for you! Have you ever heard of a succulent sconce? Me neither, so I decided to invent one. That is one amazing thing about breaking the rules–every now and then you create something completely new.

Here’s how it’s done…

28 Container Gardens for Spring by Carmen Johnston Gardens: Break the Rules with a Succulent Sconce

Ingredients:
1. Succulents
2. Sconce

28 Container Gardens for Spring by Carmen Johnston Gardens: Break the Rules with a Succulent Sconce

You can use whichever succulents you choose. Just make sure that they are small enough for your sconce. These beauties were left over from another project of mine.

28 Container Gardens for Spring by Carmen Johnston Gardens: Break the Rules with a Succulent Sconce

Directions:
1. Use petite terra cotta pots to house your succulents
2. Hot glue pots to your sconce
3. Use moss to hide glue.

28 Container Gardens for Spring by Carmen Johnston Gardens: Break the Rules with a Succulent Sconce

I purchased this sconce at Scott Antique Markets after falling in love with its dreamy shade of green.

28 Container Gardens for Spring by Carmen Johnston Gardens: Break the Rules with a Succulent Sconce

Maintenance:
1. Add two ice cubes every two weeks to each plant to hydrate your plants.
2. Keep next to a sunny window.

This is the perfect container garden for inside your home. Succulents do not need a lot of room or a lot of water to grow. Just place it next to a sunny window and they will be super happy.

Ok, everyone…I have a little confession to make…

I am a container hoarder. I prefer the word “collector” though. My potting shed is full of containers and I’m sure that my husband would be happy to see them all go.

28 Container Gardens for Spring by Carmen Johnston Gardens: Break the Rules with a Succulent Sconce

But look how happy they make me!

Shopping for new containers is one of my favorite things to do. It is also one of my favorite ways to break the rules. I call it, thinking outside the pot. There are so many containers out there that are just begging to be filled with flowers and it is our job to find them.

28 Container Gardens for Spring by Carmen Johnston Gardens: Break the Rules with a Succulent Sconce

What are some of your favorite “outside the pot” containers?

#BreakTheRules

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