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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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Spring Container Garden : Green

Today I want to keep things simple…and green.

St Patrick’s Day is just a few short days away and it is never too early to go green.

Ingredients:

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1. Fittonia (Tall)

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2. Japanese Birds Nest (Thick)

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3. Ivy (Trailing)

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This is one of my favorite containers! I just love the natural look. And, believe me, it is all natural. This little baby has been sitting in the shade for some time now. Nature really is the greatest design.

Enjoy!

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Easter is only a month away, which can only mean one thing…

Quick and easy plant decor... hand painted eggs nestled with florals. by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Once again, it is time for me to show you how to decorate your topiaries for the holiday ahead. I have already shown you how to create a vibrant topiary for spring using nothing but citrus and a little imagination. I have also given you some tips for turning your topiary into a stunning display for Valentine’s Day with only a handful of nandina berries and a touch of whimsy. But today is all about Easter, which just so happens to be one of my favorite holidays. I love how everything is suddenly light and airy and pastel. I also don’t mind the fact that buying large amounts of candy is not only accepted but expected as well. More than anything, I am so very thankful for the true meaning that Easter holds and I look forward to the reminder every year.

Quick and easy plant decor... hand painted eggs nestled with florals. by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Have you ever purchased something because you just knew it was special, but then you didn’t really know what to do with it? That is the story behind these stunning, hand blown and hand painted eggs. I found them in Vienna, but had no idea what to use them for once I got them home. Today, they have found their purpose.

1. Layer your favorite eggs around the base of the topiary to create a skirt.

Quick and easy plant decor... hand painted eggs nestled with florals. by Carmen Johnston Gardens

2. Add fresh cut blooms, using different shapes and sizes to create depth. For long lasting color, place your blooms in water picks that you can find at your local craft store. These lenten roses look incredible, don’t they?

Quick and easy plant decor... hand painted eggs nestled with florals. by Carmen Johnston Gardens

3. If you have supplies left over, use them to adorn the base of the container as well.

Quick and easy plant decor... hand painted eggs nestled with florals. by Carmen Johnston Gardens

My husband found this empty bird’s nest in our yard. Such a sweet touch!

Easter Topiaries: Quick and easy plant decor... hand painted eggs nestled with florals. by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Now you have a lovely sideboard topiary for Easter day. Enjoy!

Quick and easy plant decor... hand painted eggs nestled with florals. by Carmen Johnston Gardens

 

Quick and Easy Plant Decor: The 5-Minute Centerpiece  6

I think you guys will also love this citrus topiary!

 

Photos: The Photography of Haley Sheffield

When sweet and sophisticated is the look you're going for...this is a great combo! #spring #flowers combo- queen mum agapanthus, white lantana, trailing rosemary by Carmen Johnston Gardens

I am about to demonstrate the power of three. Basically, the power of three is a budget-friendly way to still make an impact with your plants. Using three large containers, you can either hide an eye sore in your yard, or accentuate the area you want seen.

Last year, we used the power of three at the Southern Living idea house in Nashville. We were working with over 2,000 square feet and really needed something special to fill the space. This is the Southern Living idea house we’re talking about so everything had to be perfect!

When sweet and sophisticated is the look you're going for...this is a great combo! #spring #flowers combo- queen mum agapanthus, white lantana, trailing rosemary by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the “queen mum” agapanthus. She is tall and regal and full of blooms. The lavender petals are so soft and feminine as if painted with watercolors. She is also unbelievably easy to grow! Keep her in full sun and part shade.

When sweet and sophisticated is the look you're going for...this is a great combo! #spring #flowers combo- queen mum agapanthus, white lantana, trailing rosemary by Carmen Johnston Gardens

The white lantana is perfect for anyone with black thumbs. She does not need much water and is nearly impossible to kill. We used her and the white angelonia to really ground the queen mum. For a little extra texture, I added some rosemary.

When sweet and sophisticated is the look you're going for...this is a great combo! #spring #flowers combo- queen mum agapanthus, white lantana, trailing rosemary by Carmen Johnston Gardens

This color palette is classic Carmen. I just can’t resist paring white and green. So lush!

When sweet and sophisticated is the look you're going for...this is a great combo! #spring #flowers combo- queen mum agapanthus, white lantana, trailing rosemary by Carmen Johnston Gardens

BONUS: Does your porch get flooded with some afternoon sun? Try placing two containers on either side of the door.

When sweet and sophisticated is the look you're going for...this is a great combo! #spring #flowers combo- queen mum agapanthus, white lantana, trailing rosemary by Carmen Johnston Gardens

I stuff ‘n’ shoved these containers with queen mum, variegated ivy, and variegated solomon’s seal. How great are these square containers from the Ballard collection? You just can’t go wrong with slate grey.

When sweet and sophisticated is the look you're going for...this is a great combo! #spring #flowers combo- queen mum agapanthus, white lantana, trailing rosemary by Carmen Johnston Gardens

I hope you are feeling inspired for spring. It will be here before you know it! I can officially count down the days on two hands.

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Calling all porches! This shade-loving mix is just for you!  Ingredients: White Queen Caladiums, Whopper Begonia, Variegated Creeping Fig  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Calling all porches! This shade-loving mix is just for you!

Ingredients:
1. White Queen Caladiums – She is positively majestic! Tall, slender, and incredibly easy to grow.
2. Whopper Begonia – She will put on the biggest, brightest show for you come summer time.
3. Variegated Creeping Fig – She will really soften the edges of this container garden.

PHOTO COURTESY OF SARA MONTY PHOTO & DESIGN

Calling all porches! This shade-loving mix is just for you!  Ingredients: White Queen Caladiums, Whopper Begonia, Variegated Creeping Fig  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Directions:
1. Fill your container with the best potting soil you can find. Stop just two inches below the rim.
2. Before planting, be sure to give your plants plenty to drink.
3. Start with your majesty, the white queen, and plant in the shape of a cross–a short, squatty cross, that is.

Calling all porches! This shade-loving mix is just for you!  Ingredients: White Queen Caladiums, Whopper Begonia, Variegated Creeping Fig  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

PHOTO COURTESY OF SARA MONTY PHOTO & DESIGN

4. Add the creeping fig next.

Calling all porches! This shade-loving mix is just for you!  Ingredients: White Queen Caladiums, Whopper Begonia, Variegated Creeping Fig  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

PHOTO COURTESY OF SARA MONTY PHOTO & DESIGN

5. Finish the cross shape by adding a whopper begonia on each side.

Calling all porches! This shade-loving mix is just for you!  Ingredients: White Queen Caladiums, Whopper Begonia, Variegated Creeping Fig  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

PHOTO COURTESY OF SARA MONTY PHOTO & DESIGN

6. Give your container a cool drink.
7. Be sure to fertilize your container once every 2 weeks with a water soluble fertilizer.

Calling all porches! This shade-loving mix is just for you!  Ingredients: White Queen Caladiums, Whopper Begonia, Variegated Creeping Fig  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

PHOTO COURTESY OF SARA MONTY PHOTO & DESIGN

 

Calling all porches! This shade-loving mix is just for you!  Ingredients: White Queen Caladiums, Whopper Begonia, Variegated Creeping Fig  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

PHOTO COURTESY OF SARA MONTY PHOTO & DESIGN

This luscious container garden will last through summer, which is crazy to think about considering the fact that I am still counting down the days until spring. Just 10 more days!

Calling all porches! This shade-loving mix is just for you!  Ingredients: White Queen Caladiums, Whopper Begonia, Variegated Creeping Fig  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

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Planting annuals in container gardening with Carmen Johnston Gardens

For today’s garden recipe, we are mixing things up a bit. In the South, our magic frost-free date is April 15th. This is the day that our area is suppose to be completely frost free. Basically what this means is that we have the green light to go ahead and start planting annuals. Annuals are plants that only stay alive for one season. Where I live, that season lasts from April to October.

IMAGE COURTESY OF SARA MONTY PHOTO & DESIGN

Ingredients:
2 Angelonia
1 Creeping Jenny
1 Petunia
1 Scaveloa
1 Rudebeckia

Planting an annual container garden with Carmen Johnston Gardens

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Directions:
1. Give each plant plenty to drink. Let them soak for 5 minutes in a bucket of water.
2. Remove the pots and use them to fill in the bottom of your container.

Planting an annual container garden with Carmen Johnston Gardens

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3. Add a good potting soil, filling your container to 2 inches below the rim.
4. Start with your Rudeneckia, planting it towards the back. Be sure to loosen the roots before planting.
5. Flank each side with Angelonia.
6. Place your Petunia front and center.
7. Fill in the corners with Scaveloa and Creeping Jenny.

Planting an annual container garden with Carmen Johnston Gardens

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Maintenance:
1. Place in full sun!
2. Snip any dead blooms.
3. Keep soil moist to touch.
4. Use water soluble fertilizer once every 2 weeks.

Planting an annual container garden with Carmen Johnston Gardens

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Remember, it is too early to plant these now! This is just a little teaser for the frost-free date to come.

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Pink!   A spring container garden by Carmen Johnston Gardens featuring  pink tulips, begonias, and the lemon button fern.

Pink. Pink. Pink!

I absolutely love the color pink, no matter what tint or shade. I love flipping through a magazine and seeing pink flowers pop right off the page. Today’s container garden…well, it’s obviously going to be a little pink.

Ingredients:
1. Tulips (Tall)
2. Begonias (Thick)
3. Lemon Button Fern (Trailing)

Pink!   A spring container garden by Carmen Johnston Gardens featuring  pink tulips, begonias, and the lemon button fern.

Pink!   A spring container garden by Carmen Johnston Gardens featuring  pink tulips, begonias, and the lemon button fern.

Pink!   A spring container garden by Carmen Johnston Gardens featuring  pink tulips, begonias, and the lemon button fern.

Maintenance:
1. Place in indirect sunlight.
2. Keep soil moist to the touch.

(FYI: Watering tips coming soon!)

Pink!   A spring container garden by Carmen Johnston Gardens featuring  pink tulips, begonias, and the lemon button fern.

Photos: The Photography of Haley Sheffield

Last year, my husband and our friend James planted a ton of tulips in our yard. It is something I have always dreamed of and we decided to just go ahead and do it!

Pink!   A spring container garden by Carmen Johnston Gardens featuring  pink tulips, begonias, and the lemon button fern.

While they do look pretty in pictures, we were actually really disappointed because only half of them actually bloomed. Still, we love the ones that did bloom and we are happy to have given it our all.

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This is our house when spring is in full swing. Just another reason to look forward to the change in seasons ahead!

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Today I am breaking the rules on the blog and using more than three plants in this beautiful spring container garden by Carmen Johnston Gardens

It’s time to go big or go home! Today I am breaking the rules and using more than three plants. I have tried really hard during this series to only use a maximum of three, but I think you are going to forgive me as soon as you see the results. Alright, let’s start the stuff ‘n’ shove!

FYI: Stuff ‘n’ shove is a design rule that I live by. It means that you stuff your container full of flowers and foliage until there is absolutely no empty space left. Make sure that you fill in all the bare spots even if you have to shove!

Ingredients:
1. Hydrangea
2. Boston Fern
3. Maiden Hair Fern
4. Hyacinth
5. Begonia
6. Fittonia
7. Ivy
8. Tulips

Today I am breaking the rules on the blog and using more than three plants in this beautiful spring container garden by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Directions:
1. Do not fill completely with soil! Instead, fill half of the container with either pine cones, packing peanuts, or empty pots flipped upside down. This will eliminate any dead space.

Today I am breaking the rules on the blog and using more than three plants in this beautiful spring container garden by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Maintenance:
1. The tulips and the hyacinth will be the first to go. When they do, simply remove them and then replace them with extra greenery. The rest of the foliage should last for about 2 months.
2. Make sure that the soil is always moist to the touch.
3. Remove any brown foliage.
4. Keep in indirect sunlight.

Today I am breaking the rules on the blog and using more than three plants in this beautiful spring container garden by Carmen Johnston Gardens

This container garden will last about 3-6 weeks, which means you will able to use it to greet all of your Easter guests. That’s right–Easter is on its way! The countdown to spring continues and I keep getting more and more excited every day.

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Living on a prayer with the prayer plant!  This container garedn for spring is composed of the prayer plant, maiden hair fern and the autumn fern by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Today, we are livin’ on a prayer!

What could that possibly have to do with a container garden for spring? Well, one of the plants I am using today is called a prayer plant.

Ingredients:
1. Prayer Plant (Tall)
2. Maiden Hair Fern (Thick)
3. Autumn Fern (Trailing)

Living on a prayer with the prayer plant!  This container garedn for spring is composed of the prayer plant, maiden hair fern and the autumn fern by Carmen Johnston Gardens

This gorgeous plant gets its name because at night the leaves close slightly like two hands in prayer. In the morning, however, they burst wide open to greet the sun.

Living on a prayer with the prayer plant!  This container garedn for spring is composed of the prayer plant, maiden hair fern and the autumn fern by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Living on a prayer with the prayer plant!  This container garedn for spring is composed of the prayer plant, maiden hair fern and the autumn fern by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Maintenance:
1. This plant loves the sun!
2. She also loves humidity. Simply spray with a water bottle several times a week.
3. Keep the soil moist! In addition to misting your plants, you also have to give the root ball plenty to drink as well.

Living on a prayer with the prayer plant!  This container garedn for spring is composed of the prayer plant, maiden hair fern and the autumn fern by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Fun Fact: This past Christmas I got to meet Desmond Child at a Christmas party hosted by my fabulous friend Nancy who lives in Nashville. You may not know this, but Desmond Child is the one who wrote “Livin’ On A Prayer” for Bon Jovi.

Desmond Child

(Another) Fun Fact: This was the first cassette tape I ever bought.

Speaking of prayers, I am sending all my love to everyone enduring miserable weather right now. Spring is on its way! Hang in there!

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