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The South has been blessed by an early wave of warm weather and I am so excited to begin planting! If you really want to embrace this incredible spring we are having, I have the perfect plant combination planned just for you.

Materials Needed:
1. Large mandevilla

3 must have plants for Spring. Creeping Jenny, Mandevilla, Scaevola by Carmen Johnston Gardens

2. 4″ creeping jenny

3 must have plants for Spring. Creeping Jenny, Mandevilla, Scaevola by Carmen Johnston Gardens

3. 4″ blue fan scaevola

3 must have plants for Spring. Creeping Jenny, Mandevilla, Scaevola by Carmen Johnston Gardens

4. Large bag of potting soil
5. Container (18-24″ in diameter)

Directions:
1. Make sure that your container has good drainage. If necessary, drill holes in the bottom that are no smaller than a penny.
2. Fill your container with potting soil at least 2-3 inches below the rim.
3. Give your plants plenty to drink before planting.
4. Remove pots from each plant and then loosen the roots.
5. First, plant the mandevilla towards the back of the container. Then, place the scaevola on the right and the creeping jenny on the left.

3 must have plants for Spring. Creeping Jenny, Mandevilla, Scaevola by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Maintenance:
1. Keep in full sun.
2. Water every other day.
3. Use water soluble fertilizer for long-lasting blooms!
4. Keep the scaevola hydrated! She is not quite as forgiving as the other two. (However, you can always remove the scaevola. The creeping jenny will gladly move into her place.)
5. About half way through the summer, clip the creeping jenny and scaevola way back. This will enable new growth.

3 must have plants for Spring. Creeping Jenny, Mandevilla, Scaevola by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Easy, huh? Sometimes it is just that simple! What gardening projects have you started working on this spring? I would love to hear all about them in the comment section below.

Happy Monday! I hope the rest of your week is filled with sunshine!

Spring Container Garden

For more plants for Spring, be sure to check out our Spring Container Garden Series. So many great ideas!

This post could also be titled, Easter On My Mind. Seriously, I am so excited for this pastel party to begin. I just could not resist creating a container garden inspired by a traditional Easter egg.

Ingredients:
2 Sweet Broom (Yellow)
6 Candytuft (White)
4 Phlox (Purple)
Borrowed branches (I am not sure what the actual name of these branches are but I am saying “borrowed” because I might have snagged them from my neighbor’s yard.)

Directions:
1. Choose a statement container. My favorite way to make a statement in spring is with turquoise, of course!
2. Fill your container with potting soil, but make sure it has really good drainage.
3. Plant from tallest to shortest.

Easter Inspired Container Garden for Spring with Sweet Broom, Phlox, and Candytuft by Carmen Johnston Gardens

4. Add “borrowed” branches.

Easter Inspired Container Garden for Spring with Sweet Broom, Phlox, and Candytuft by Carmen Johnston Gardens

5. Repeat one color of your choice and place it in a smaller pot.

Easter Inspired Container Garden for Spring with Sweet Broom, Phlox, and Candytuft by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Maintenance:
1. Keep soil moist to touch.

Don’t the bright layers remind you of the stripes on a good ol’ fashioned Easter egg? So much fun!

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Don’t miss out on our sweet Easter decor!

Keeping this Spring Container Garden simple and green.Ingredients: 1. Maiden Hair Fern 2. Mother Fern 3. Fittonia 4. Ivy by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Can you believe it? Today is the final day of our countdown, which means…

Tomorrow is the first official day of spring! It also means that I will be sharing some very exciting news. Tomorrow’s post will also be full of color so we are going to keep it on the simple side today.

Ingredients:
1. Maiden Hair Fern
2. Mother Fern
3. Fittonia
4. Ivy

Directions:
1. Create texture by placing the tallest plants in the back.
2. Then gradually create layers by adding the shorter plants in the front.
2. Use fittonia and ivy to soften the edges.

Keeping this Spring Container Garden simple and green.Ingredients: 1. Maiden Hair Fern 2. Mother Fern 3. Fittonia 4. Ivy by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Maintenance:
1. Place in indirect sunlight.
2. Water at least once a week.

The variations of green in this container garden are absolutely beautiful. I love to keep her inside whenever we have guests. If you stay the night, this luscious lady will very likely be on your bedside.

Meet me back here tomorrow. I can’t wait to share my news!

Happy (Almost) Spring, everyone!

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A Spring container garden idea that calls for very little watering by Carmen Johnston Gardens

We are in the final countdown, everyone! Tomorrow I will share one final garden recipe for spring and then on Friday we can finally celebrate the change in seasons. Boy oh boy, do I have a surprise for you! What better way to celebrate the first day of spring than with some exciting news, huh? But for now, let’s get on with today’s post and another spring container garden.

Ever forget to water your plants? Maybe more often than you’d like to admit. Well, today’s spring container garden is just for you.

Ingredients:
1. Joey
2. Lemon Ball Sedum
3. Tricolor Sedum

Maintenance:
1. Keep in full sun. The hotter, the better!
2. Water once every 2-3 weeks.

A Spring container garden idea that calls for very little watering by Carmen Johnston Gardens

One of the best things about spring is bringing it indoors! I love making container gardens to bring inside my home. This one makes a fantastic centerpiece!

See you back here tomorrow for one more garden recipe. Then, once again, on Friday for some pretty amazing news. Have a great rest of the week, everyone!

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Keeping It Green with a dash of purple: A spring container garden with Purple Passion, Irish Moss, Creeping Fig or Ficus, Moon Valley and Peperomia| Carmen Johnston Gardens

For today’s container garden we are keeping it green. Why? Happy St. Patrick’s Day, that’s why! Well, we are adding a few hints of purple, but I can never resist a bold pop of color. Last spring I was able to work with Caitlin Moran of GlitterGuide. We had a blast creating this centerpiece together and I think you will too.

Ingredients:
1. Purple Passion
2. Irish Moss (Center)
3. Creeping Fig or Ficus (Top Left)
4. Moon Valley (Top/Bottom)
5. Peperomia

Keeping It Green with a dash of purple: A spring container garden with Purple Passion, Irish Moss, Creeping Fig or Ficus, Moon Valley and Peperomia| Carmen Johnston Gardens

Plant either the ficus or the creeping fig in the center of your container.

Keeping It Green with a dash of purple: A spring container garden with Purple Passion, Irish Moss, Creeping Fig or Ficus, Moon Valley and Peperomia| Carmen Johnston Gardens

Don’t be afraid to handle the plants. They are tougher than they look.

Keeping It Green with a dash of purple: A spring container garden with Purple Passion, Irish Moss, Creeping Fig or Ficus, Moon Valley and Peperomia| Carmen Johnston Gardens

Keeping It Green with a dash of purple: A spring container garden with Purple Passion, Irish Moss, Creeping Fig or Ficus, Moon Valley and Peperomia| Carmen Johnston Gardens

Add some purple passion!

Keeping It Green with a dash of purple: A spring container garden with Purple Passion, Irish Moss, Creeping Fig or Ficus, Moon Valley and Peperomia| Carmen Johnston Gardens

Keeping It Green with a dash of purple: A spring container garden with Purple Passion, Irish Moss, Creeping Fig or Ficus, Moon Valley and Peperomia| Carmen Johnston Gardens

Keeping It Green with a dash of purple: A spring container garden with Purple Passion, Irish Moss, Creeping Fig or Ficus, Moon Valley and Peperomia| Carmen Johnston Gardens

Keeping It Green with a dash of purple: A spring container garden with Purple Passion, Irish Moss, Creeping Fig or Ficus, Moon Valley and Peperomia| Carmen Johnston Gardens

Keeping It Green with a dash of purple: A spring container garden with Purple Passion, Irish Moss, Creeping Fig or Ficus, Moon Valley and Peperomia| Carmen Johnston Gardens

How awesome is this warm weather? I am getting so anxious to plant. My husband keeps reminding me, Not until after April 15th! I never claimed to be patient. This gal is just ready to get her hands covered in dirt.

By the way, if you see me out and about today think twice before pinching because I keep my green thumb with me everywhere I go.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!

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This spring container garden is brought to you by the beautiful blooms in my neighbor's yard. The gorgeous jewel tone blooms are saucer magnolias and the white blooms are bradford pears by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Today I want to tell you my dirty, little secret. Have you ever heard of a five finger discount? Well, I use it almost everyday. It’s true, I do! Plants can be pretty pricey and this green thumb gal is not opposed to stealing some blooms…from Mother Nature, that is. There are so many free blooms out there, you just have to keep an eye out for them. Keep your clippers with you everywhere you go and you will be amazed by all the free greenery you can find in a single day.

Needless to say, today’s container garden is brought to you by the beautiful blooms in my neighbor’s yard. The gorgeous jewel tone blooms are saucer magnolias and the white blooms are bradford pears.

This spring container garden is brought to you by the beautiful blooms in my neighbor's yard. The gorgeous jewel tone blooms are saucer magnolias and the white blooms are bradford pears by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Would you look at that grass? So lush and so dreamy!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like spring!

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A spring container garden with a beautiful hint of pink! Contains Hydrangea, Japanese Birds Nest, Rabbit Foot Fern, Fittonia, & Ivy garden idea from Carmen Johnston Gardens

Once again, I am thinking pink. I just love the way this color works in the garden. Whether it is a soft, feminine tint, or a bold, bright shade, every container garden looks pretty in pink.

I am also in hydrangea heaven today. Seriously, I would fill every square inch of my yard with these beautiful blooms if I could. They are simply irresistible!

Ingredients:
1. Hydrangea
2. Japanese Birds Nest
3. Rabbit Foot Fern
4. Fittonia
5. Ivy

A spring container garden with a beautiful hint of pink! Contains Hydrangea, Japanese Birds Nest, Rabbit Foot Fern, Fittonia, & Ivy garden idea from Carmen Johnston Gardens

Directions:
1. Place the hydrangea in your container, but leave her in her pot.
2. For height, add the birds nest next.
3. Fill in the front with the fern.
4. Use both the fittonia and ivy to soften up the edges a bit.

FYI: This is an indoor planter–until April 15th, that is, when you are free to take her outside. She will need to be in the shade, though, which makes her perfect for the porch. I am currently keeping her in my bathroom. It gives her just enough light and, in return, she brightens the place up too.

A spring container garden with a beautiful hint of pink! Contains Hydrangea, Japanese Birds Nest, Rabbit Foot Fern, Fittonia, & Ivy garden idea from Carmen Johnston Gardens

Spring may still be a few days away, but the pollen came early. It is everywhere! The signs of spring keep coming and this gal is not complaining one bit. Bring it on, spring. Bring it on!

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This spring container garden is all about the shove and stuff! Add some daffodils and forsynthia, and hyacinth to a pot for a colorful impact with Carmen Johnston Gardens

Spring is near and it is time to take the party outside–the plant party, that is. However, today we are not planting. Today’s container garden is the ultimate stuff ‘n’ shove. If you are anything like me, hosting a party means running around like a crazy person in order to prepare for your guests. It is important to make your guests feel welcome, to show them how special they are to you. Today’s container garden is a reflection of that. It will ensure that all of your guests feel special as soon as they set foot inside or outside your home.

Materials:
1. Gallon bucket
2. 30-50 clipped forsythia branches 2-4 ft tall
3. 25-30 picked daffodils
4. 3 pots of hyancith
5. Container that is large enough for the bucket to fit inside

(Tip: Let the bucket of branches sit in a steamy bathroom, but don’t let the water touch the branches. The goal is to let the steam work its magic.)

Directions:
1. Fill half of the bucket with water and then add the branches.
2. Place the bucket inside your container.
3. Remove the pots from the hyancith and then stuff ‘n’ shove the bulbs into the bucket.
4. Lastly, arrange your daffodils. There is no need to place the daffodils in the water. However, if you are putting your container together the day before your guests arrive do place the stems in water tubes.

This spring container garden is all about the shove and stuff! Add some daffodils and forsynthia, and hyacinth to a pot for a colorful impact with Carmen Johnston Gardens

Easy peasey lemon squeezey!

You are now ready to greet your guests for spring. Happy Saturday, everyone! Enjoy time spent with family and friends.

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Create your very own pot of gold for spring with daffodils! by Carmen Johnston Gardens

How awesome has the weather been lately? Other than a few grey clouds, it is really starting to warm up. Warmer weather means outdoor parties, Easter egg hunts, and endless hours of soaking up the sun. This container is super quick and easy, but it screams spring!

First things first, you are going to need a super fun container for spring.

Ingredients:
1. Daffodils

Create your very own pot of gold for spring with daffodils! by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Tip: Place a bucket full of water in the bottom of the container to keep your blooms fresh.

Create your very own pot of gold for spring with daffodils! by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Let the stuff ‘n’ shove begin…

Create your very own pot of gold for spring with daffodils! by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Create your very own pot of gold for spring with daffodils! by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Just like that and you have your very own pot of gold for St. Patrick’s Day.

Create your very own pot of gold for spring with daffodils! by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Happy (almost) spring, everyone! Get out there and enjoy the sun!

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Has it been 21 days already? The countdown to spring has really flown by. I can say that now but only because the weather is finally starting to feel like…well…spring.

I know that at the beginning of this series I promised you 28 container gardens for spring. However, today I want to take a little detour.

Did you know that today is National Plant a Flower Day? Cool, huh? Such an awesome day calls for an equally awesome celebration, which reminds me of one of the coolest planting parties I have ever attended…

Spark children's passion for gardening with a Mustache you to come plant garden themed birthday party by Carmen Johnston Gardens

I am super passionate about teaching kids how to plant. I love to see their little faces light up when they realize that, Wow! Gardening is fun! Last year, my friends Jamie and Melissa asked me to help with their daughter’s birthday party. Katie, the birthday girl, had very specific ideas about the kind of party she wanted to have. She could not have picked two more unrelated themes–gardening and mustaches. Thus, the ‘I Mustache You to Come & Plant’ Party was born.

Spark children's passion for gardening with a Mustache you to come plant garden themed birthday party by Carmen Johnston Gardens

We created a planting station complete with soil, pots, and plants galore. There were geraniums (red), creeping jenny (chartreuse), and bacopa (white). Each kid had their own placemat where they could work on their plants. Of course, their favorite part was playing with the worms.

Spark children's passion for gardening with a Mustache you to come plant garden themed birthday party by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Everyone, meet James. He is my next door neighbor and he had so much fun at Katie’s party that he had us come and host a similar party at his school. What a sweetheart!

Spark children's passion for gardening with a Mustache you to come plant garden themed birthday party by Carmen Johnston Gardens

This is something that can really be fun for the whole family. It is also a great way to get your kids interested in learning about plants. If you are looking for a new activity for your kids this spring, a planting party is definitely worth a try.

Spark children's passion for gardening with a Mustache you to come plant garden themed birthday party by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Happy National Plant a Flower Day, everyone! Now go and get some dirt under your nails. It is good for the soul.

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