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Hello, Atlanta friends!

This Saturday I will be at The Home Depot in Midtown at 650 Ponce de Leon Avenue. Grab some containers and come get your hands dirty with me for some good old-fashioned gardening fun. As an added bonus, you will leave with a gorgeous spring container garden that will make all your neighbors super jealous.

See you there!

Happy Spring from The Home Depot

Flowers and fashion–what’s not to love? That’s exactly what artist Anna Kincaide offers in her latest series of paintings. We found Anna via Gallery Orange, a contemporary art gallery in New Orleans owned and curated by the fabulous Tracy Gielbert. When we saw ‘Dreaming with You’ it stopped us in our tracks!

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‘Dreaming with You’ by Anna Kincaide

Gorgeous, right? I am head over heels in love with the hydrangeas.

In her latest ‘Avant Garde’ series, Anna combines high fashion with vibrant flowers, and the result is nothing short of spectacular. She brilliantly captures the timeless, couture feel of the Cary Grant era, while also cropping out the subject’s face to enable viewers to better identify with each painting.

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‘Take Me to Paradise’ by Anna Kincaide

A lot of Anna’s works feature hydrangeas, which just happen to be my favorite flowers. I frequently plant limelight hydrangeas in both clients’ gardens and my own because they have beautiful green and white blooms, which is also a favorite color combination of mine. Limelights can handle the full intense sun–perfect for summer! Hydrangeas are also perennials, so when you cut them back in the fall they will come back bigger and even more beautiful in the spring.

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Hydrangeas in full bloom in my yard last summer.

Hydrangeas are also perfect to cut for flower arrangements inside of your home. With such big, beautiful blooms, you only need a few stems to make a big impact. Here is a simple arrangement in my sunroom right now.

A simple arrangement in my sunroom.

A simple arrangement in my sunroom.

Tip: Zip tie your blooms together to keep them standing nice and tall in the vase!

Like any great accessory, you can dress a hydrangea up or down. We recently worked with a bride who wanted a glamorous, Gatsby-esque wedding. An all-white color palette featuring hydrangeas was the perfect backdrop for the glitzy affair. Just add some crystals and you have an elegant look your guests will never forget.

Arrangements from the Flandry wedding

Arrangements from the wedding

Arrangements from the Flandry wedding

Arrangements from the wedding

Arrangements from the Flandry wedding

Arrangements from the wedding

If you are a lover of hydrangeas, or if you would like help choosing the perfect flowers for your special day, be in touch–we would love to help!

Wedding photos courtesy of: Eliza Morrill Photography

Summer is almost here! We’ve already started to feel the heat here in Georgia, and now is the perfect time to plant for summer. Here are my 6 go-to plants for color that will last all season long, even in the intense heat. These plants will thrive in both containers and landscapes; check out the video for more details on which plants to pair in containers.

  1. Dragon Wing® Begonia: This shady lady produces beautiful blooms and will grow 3’ x 3’. The pink and red varieties are my favorite. Shade | Annual
  2. Vinca: An oldie but a goodie, non-trailing variety grows about 2 feet tall, straight up. If planting in a container, these beauties can stand on their own. Full Sun | Annual
  3. Landmark™ Lantana: An aggressive grower, this plant will takeover in no time. This could be a single star in a container, but also great in landscaping because it grows so quickly. See other examples of how to use Lantana here. Full Sun | Perennial
  4. Rosemary: Perfect for the summer heat, doesn’t like wet feet! Add as texture to a container, or use as a border in your landscaping. Rosemary grows where strong women live, so we love it even more!
  5. Sunpatiens®: Just like the name suggests, these gals love the full sun. Another aggressive grower, these work best as a standalone in a container. You can also plant in a grouping for added color in the yard. Warning, she’s a heavy drinker – make sure she gets plenty of water! Full Sun | Annual
  6. Joseph’s Coat: You may put up your coats for the summer, but Joseph’s Coat is perfect for the high temperatures! I love the chartreuse green, which complements any other color! This plant grows wide, not tall, so perfect for layering with taller plants in containers and landscapes. Full Sun | Annual

Remember to always plant in good potting soil, even in your landscaping. Check out the video for more details, tips and tricks on how to plant successful summer color in your garden!

And proof that I love these plants in my own garden:

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My Dragon Wing® Begonias in full bloom last summer. “Turkey the Chicken” has quite the setup!

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Joseph’s Coat and Sunpatiens® create a beautiful border in my backyard.

That’s right–we’re moving!

With everything that happened last year after Tommy’s heart attack, we have decided to make a fresh start. Finding a new home and leaving this one behind is definitely bittersweet because we really love our house. I am especially sad about saying goodbye to my dream garden. When we first moved in there was not much going on in the garden department, but over the years we have created something really beautiful that I am incredibly proud of. Gardening is all about the process, and there is nothing quite like watching a garden grow from one phase to the next, year after year. We also added a chicken coop, built a potting shed, and transformed the carport into an outdoor living area. I am really going to miss time spent in these special spaces.

DETAILS
Our lovely overlook home is located in Columbus, Georgia. It is a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath house at a total of 2,600 square feet. The above average landscape includes a front and rear garden and plenty of outdoor lighting. The yard is completely fenced-in, which is great for kids or pets. The yard also includes a chicken coop and potting shed–two of my favorites!

Downstairs:
There is plaster moulding and ceilings and hardwood floors. The living room has a wood-burning fireplace, plantation shutters, and built-ins. There is a nice large kitchen, completely updated with Kitchen-Aid appliances, new cabinets, and granite countertops. The breakfast counter in the kitchen opens into the dining room, which opens into the sunroom, a bright, open space with beautiful brick floors.

Upstairs:
The master bedroom had 3 closets and a sitting area with built-ins. The master bathroom has a double vanity, a large walk-in shower, and tile floors.

Living Room

Living Room

Kitchen

Kitchen

Dining Room

Dining Room

Sunroom

Sunroom

Spare Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Guest Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Master Bedroom and Bathroom

Master Bedroom and Bathroom

Patio

Patio

Backyard

Backyard

Chicken Coop

Chicken Coop

For more details, please email me at carmen@carmenjohnstongardens.com.

As much as we will miss this house, we are looking forward to finding a new one, and we are also excited for a new family to call this place home. After all, who wouldn’t want to live in a house that has been featured in Southern Living?

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A beautiful container that will flourish all summer!

Replanting our Easter centerpiece as an outdoor container for long-lasting summer color! Plus get all of my tips and tricks for the perfect container! #containergardening #spring #garden #flowers

Posted by Carmen Johnston Gardens on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

There is nothing quite like using live plants for a centerpiece. During Easter week, we created a live ‘n’ luscious centerpiece using Spanish Lavender, Creeping Jenny, Lemon Butter Ferns, and Kale. (Hint: ‘Like’ Carmen Johnston Gardens on Facebook for more live video tutorials!) Yesterday, we replanted that very same centerpiece into a few different containers. Amazing, right? Freshly cut flowers are beautiful, but they would have been dead weeks ago. You can enjoy this live centerpiece (and our live videos) all spring and summer!

Materials Needed:
– Medium to large container
– 1-2 bags of good potting soil
– Spanish Lavender
– Creeping Jenny
– Variegated Swedish Ivy (Optional)
– Lantana (Optional)

Directions:
– Fill your pot with soil about 2 or 3 inches below the rim. I like to use smaller plastic containers in the bottom of my pot to help with drainage and to keep your pot light. Packing peanuts or pinecones are great for this, but you can always just fill your pot completely with soil.
– Add your plants, arranging them in the shape of a triangle. I love to stuff ‘n’ shove my containers full of plants, but you could absolutely make a stunning container garden with Lavender and Creeping Jenny alone. For more tips and trips on plant placement, watch the video below!
– Lastly, be sure to water your container every 2-3 days.

 

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I know what you’re probably thinking–What about the ferns? Don’t worry, we’re not wasting a single thing! The Lemon Butter Ferns don’t enjoy the sun quite as much as the other plants do, however, they make really great indoor plants, and could also work on a covered porch.

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How lovely is this blue and white pot? Chinoiserie is a design after my own heart. It looks especially nice against the orange of the accent table.

Watch the video below for tips on how to water your outdoor containers.

Watering your containers the right way!

Quick tip for easy, mess-free watering of your containers!

Posted by Carmen Johnston Gardens on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

As you have probably noticed by now, we are currently excited about all things live–from centerpieces to the new video feature on Facebook. If you want to follow along, subscribe to our videos and receive notifications whenever we go live. We look forward to chatting with you about all things green and growing throughout this spectacular season!

Inquire About Your Next Event:

Email: carmen@carmenjohnstongardens.com

Phone: 762-822-7696