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Mixing it up a bit with a plant that requires sun and one that requires shade!  A spring container garden by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Today I made a huge gardening faux pas–I combined a plant that belongs in the sun with a plant that belongs in the shade. The result? Worth it!

Ingredients:
1. Crocodile Fern (Tall)
2. Ruffled Fern (Thick)
3. Mezoo Trailing Red (Trailing)

Mixing it up a bit with a plant that requires sun and one that requires shade!  A spring container garden by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Mixing it up a bit with a plant that requires sun and one that requires shade!  A spring container garden by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Mixing it up a bit with a plant that requires sun and one that requires shade!  A spring container garden by Carmen Johnston Gardens

The mezoo loves basking in the sun, while the fern loves hanging out in the shade. I just couldn’t resist putting them together, though.

Mixing it up a bit with a plant that requires sun and one that requires shade!  A spring container garden by Carmen Johnston Gardens

I know what you might be thinking, Will this container garden even last? Yes! As long as you keep it in a bright, sunny room and are careful not to water it too much these plants will do just fine.

However, you should separate the plants as soon as the frost-free date comes to pass. You can keep your ferns inside or you can plant them in the shade. Take your mezoo outside and into the sun! Watch what happens as she soaks up the rays–tiny, red blooms will start gracing her face.

Mixing it up a bit with a plant that requires sun and one that requires shade!  A spring container garden by Carmen Johnston Gardens

See you tomorrow for another garden recipe for spring!

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Create a tall container garden for spring with the Foxtail Fern,  Japanese Birds Nest, and. Ivy  with Carmen Johnston Gardens

Welcome back!

What’s on the menu for today? Boy, do I have a tall order for you!

Ingredients:
1. Foxtail Fern (Tall)
2. Japanese Birds Nest (Thick)
3. Ivy (Trailing)

Create a tall container garden for spring with the Foxtail Fern,  Japanese Birds Nest, and. Ivy  with Carmen Johnston Gardens

Create a tall container garden for spring with the Foxtail Fern,  Japanese Birds Nest, and. Ivy  with Carmen Johnston Gardens

Create a tall container garden for spring with the Foxtail Fern,  Japanese Birds Nest, and. Ivy  with Carmen Johnston Gardens

Sometimes you’ve just got to let your container do the work for you…

Create a tall container garden for spring with the Foxtail Fern,  Japanese Birds Nest, and. Ivy  with Carmen Johnston Gardens

Today’s container really steals the show. Tall, slender containers are always great for instant impact!

Create a tall container garden for spring with the Foxtail Fern,  Japanese Birds Nest, and. Ivy  with Carmen Johnston Gardens

Who all is eager for spring? This girl is!

I am sending warm wishes to everyone who is trapped inside because of snow. I seriously hope that things start warming up for all of us soon.

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Azaleas add the perfect amount of color to any room and this simple spring container garden by Carmen Johnston Gardens is just beautiful!

Ever walk into a grocery store and feel the bright, bold faces of azaleas staring up at you? You are just innocently shopping for groceries and there they are, shamelessly tempting you to take them home. This happens to me more often than I would like to admit.

Ingredients:
1. Maiden Hair Fern (Tall)
2. Azalea (Thick)
3. Ivy (Trailing)

Azaleas add the perfect amount of color to any room and this simple spring container garden by Carmen Johnston Gardens is just beautiful!

Azaleas add the perfect amount of color to any room and this simple spring container garden by Carmen Johnston Gardens is just beautiful!

Azaleas add the perfect amount of color to any room and this simple spring container garden by Carmen Johnston Gardens is just beautiful!

Azaleas can add an irresistible punch of color to any room. During a dreary week like this a punch of color is just what the garden expert ordered. In other words…

Life is short. Buy the azaleas!

Azaleas add the perfect amount of color to any room and this simple spring container garden by Carmen Johnston Gardens is just beautiful!

I’m sure by now you have noticed that this container looks a little emptier than usual. Normally, I like to fill my containers to capacity with beautiful blooms. However, I wanted to show you that sometimes less can be more. In this case, less flowers means more money in your pocket. I wanted to keep each of these container gardens affordable for you. You can get plenty of blooms without spending a ton of bucks. Plus, as I said before, the azaleas pack a lot of punch!

Azaleas add the perfect amount of color to any room and this simple spring container garden by Carmen Johnston Gardens is just beautiful!

So, what do you do with your azaleas after they are done blooming? Don’t plant them in your yard just yet! Wait for warmer weather and then you can transfer them to your yard. Personally, I have not had much luck with this, but you can check out Guide to House Plants for some incredibly helpful care tips.

Remember: Life is short. Buy the azaleas!

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Container Gardens for Spring:  Elevate a ruffle fern for height with Carmen Johnston Gardens

I have been in a rule-breaking mood all week, and today’s container garden is no exception.

Ingredients:
1. Ruffle Fern

Container Gardens for Spring:  Elevate a ruffle fern for height with Carmen Johnston Gardens

Directions:
1. Remove the original pot and then place it upside down in your container. This is a great way to elevate your plant when it is too short.
2. Next, place the root ball in a large ziploc bag.
3. Nestle the ziploc bag into the container so that no one can see it.

Container Gardens for Spring:  Elevate a ruffle fern for height with Carmen Johnston Gardens

Maintenance:
1. Add 1/2 cup of water to the ziploc bag once a week.
2. Place in indirect sunlight.

(Tip: Do not place your plant next to a vent. Unless, of course, you like crispy plants!)

Container Gardens for Spring:  Elevate a ruffle fern for height with Carmen Johnston Gardens

I love this container. It was another wedding gift we received. Such a classic look, don’t you think?

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Make sure you get some rest! I have a lot more garden recipes for you to try in the week ahead.

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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.

Catch up on the other posts in our Container Gardening for Spring series…

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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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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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