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It is that time of year again when front yards become the talk of the town. It is like a fashion show of flowers for everyone to see! Want to give your neighbor’s something pretty to look at? Here’s how…

1. Double or Nothing!

3 Tips for Instant Curb Appeal with Carmen Johnston Gardens

Use two pots–a 12″ and a 14″–and fill both with soil.

3 Tips for Instant Curb Appeal by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Then, position the smaller container towards the back of the larger container directly on top of the soil.

3 Tips for Instant Curb Appeal with Carmen Johnston Gardens

Stuff ‘n’ shove both containers with your favorite plants. For mine, I used petunias, lantana, and Angelonia.

2. For the Love of Layers!

3 Tips for Instant Curb Appeal with Carmen Johnston Gardens

Place your tall plants (Angelonia) towards the back, your texture plants (lantana) in the middle, and your trailing plants (petunias) towards the front. Add at least 2-4 inches of new soil and then top with mulch.

3. Make it Pop!

3 Tips for Instant Curb Appeal with Carmen Johnston Gardens

Grab your favorite basket and fill it with flowers. If possible, choose a basket that is flat on the back like ours. It makes it much easier to hang. Then line it with a trash bag, making a few holes for drainage. Finally, add a bright burst of blooms to complete the look.

3 Tips for Instant Curb Appeal wtih Carmen Johnston Gardens

(BONUS TIP: To help create rhythm throughout your yard, paint your pots the same color as your house.)

Your neighbor’s will not be able to take their eyes off of your gorgeous new yard. However, the reward is all yours. There is nothing better than pulling into your driveway at the end of the day and having happy flowers smiling up at you.

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!

Today is Good Friday, which means that this Sunday is Easter! It is almost time for that special day spent with family and friends. While a kid on Easter looks forward to scavenging the yard in hopes of finding that one special egg, an adult on Easter mostly just looks forward to sitting down and enjoying some food. The time spent around the table with loved ones is invaluable, which is why I want to show you how to set the stage for this year’s Easter dinner. And it only takes 10 minutes!

10 Minute Tablescape for Easter 1

Materials Needed:
4 ” Cabbage plants
Freshly picked daffodils
Tin buckets
Freshly clipped forsythia
Chocolate Easter bunnies

Directions:
1. Criss-cross bunches of daffodils on the table. The more the merrier!

10 Minute Tablescape for Easter 2

2. Place cabbage in tin buckets making sure that the soil is moist to the touch.

10 Minute Tablescape for Easter 3

3. Clip forsythia branches 10-14″ and stick each end in the soil to create a handle.

10 Minute Tablescape for Easter 4

4. Nestle the chocolate bunnies throughout their new home.

10 Minute Tablescape for Easter 5

10 Minute Tablescape for Easter 6

What a dreamy tablescape! I just love that Easter is so full of cheer and whimsy. Have a great weekend, everyone, and Happy (Almost) Easter!

Photos: The Photography of Haley Sheffield

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!

DIY Easter Decoration with Plants 7

Don’t miss out on our sweet Easter decor!

4 Plants for the Cold Days in Spring: Violas , Candytuft, Lamb's Ear, Creeping Jenny by Carmen Johnston Gardens

If you have kept up with my blog lately then you know that I can’t stop talking about spring. What can I say? I’m a sucker for this season! I am also aware, however, that Jack Frost might make an appearance very soon. Jack Frost is bad news here in the South. He is the reason that we have to wait until after April 15th to plant annuals for spring. But the show must go on, which is why I want to show you some plants that can survive his visit should he come.

1. Violas
2. Candytuft
3. Lamb’s Ear
4. Creeping Jenny

These four plants are extremely tough in the face of cold weather, but they will not be sittin’ pretty should it drop below 30 degrees.

For this container, I paired larger plant material with a shallow container. (Tip: This is the perfect time to start growing your container collection. Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, and Tuesday Morning all have fabulous containers at great prices.)

Step One/Step Two:
Give your plants plenty to drink and then add a 3 inch layer of potting soil to your container.

Step Three:
Violas first!

4 Plants for the Cold Days in Spring: Violas , Candytuft, Lamb's Ear, Creeping Jenny by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Step Four:
Add lamb’s ear (silver foliage) next.

4 Plants for the Cold Days in Spring: Violas , Candytuft, Lamb's Ear, Creeping Jenny by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Step Five:
Place candytuft (white blooms) towards the front.

4 Plants for the Cold Days in Spring: Violas , Candytuft, Lamb's Ear, Creeping Jenny by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Step Six:
Use creeping jenny (chartreuse foliage) to create texture.

4 Plants for the Cold Days in Spring: Violas , Candytuft, Lamb's Ear, Creeping Jenny by Carmen Johnston Gardens

This container loves the sun almost as much as me! That’s not even the best part! Both the lamb’s ear and the candytuft are perennials, which means that they will bloom again next year too. Just remember to water this container once every 2 weeks, keep soil moist to the touch, and you’re good as gold!

4 Plants for the Cold Days in Spring: Violas , Candytuft, Lamb's Ear, Creeping Jenny by Carmen Johnston Gardens

I am really hoping that Mr. Frost won’t be able to make it this year. But if he does, we’ll be ready!

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!

Missed one of the days of our 28 Days of Spring Container Gardens? Catch up here…

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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!

Missed one of the days of our 28 Days of Spring Container Gardens? Catch up here…

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Photos: The Photography of Haley Sheffield

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.

Missed one of the days of our 28 Days of Spring Container Gardens? Catch up here…

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Email: carmen@carmenjohnstongardens.com

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