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Spring Container Gardens: Back to the Basics with the Three T's by Carmen Johnston Gardens

I hope you all had fun with the Succulent Sconce I shared yesterday. Today, it is back to the basics. And by basics, I mean The Three T’s of Container Gardens.

Ingredients:
1. Hydrangea (Tall)
2. Lenton Rose (Thick)
3. Rabbit Foot Fern (Trailing)

Spring Container Gardens: Back to the Basics with the Three T's by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Hydrangeas are impossible to resist! The beautiful creamy white dip dyed with blue–I fall for it every time! I have tons planted in my yard. It is a nice reminder that spring is on its way. (Tip: When planting hydrangeas from the grocery store be extremely careful when removing the pot. I usually keep the pot on for easy planting.)

Spring Container Gardens: Back to the Basics with the Three T's by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Spring Container Gardens: Back to the Basics with the Three T's by Carmen Johnston Gardens

I also want to introduce you all to the Rabbit Foot Fern today. This is a super easy fern to grow! If you are a product of the 80’s or 90’s, this plant will definitely remind you of those tacky keychains that we all use to love so much.

Spring Container Gardens: Back to the Basics with the Three T's by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Directions:
1. Add your tall plant first.
2. Then you should add your thick plant for texture.
3. Finally, add your trailing plant to complete the look.

Spring Container Gardens: Back to the Basics with the Three T's by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Maintenance:
1. Water once every three days
2. Keep next to a sunny window

Hydrangeas from a trip this past summer to Greenwich

Hydrangeas from a trip this past summer to Greenwich

Spring Container Gardens: Back to the Basics with the Three T's by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Hydrangeas for days

Spring Container Gardens: Back to the Basics with the Three T's by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Looking forward to seeing these babies this summer

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Go and rest up for the week ahead. I will meet you back here tomorrow for another garden recipe for spring!

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Alright, rule breakers–this one is for you! Have you ever heard of a succulent sconce? Me neither, so I decided to invent one. That is one amazing thing about breaking the rules–every now and then you create something completely new.

Here’s how it’s done…

28 Container Gardens for Spring by Carmen Johnston Gardens: Break the Rules with a Succulent Sconce

Ingredients:
1. Succulents
2. Sconce

28 Container Gardens for Spring by Carmen Johnston Gardens: Break the Rules with a Succulent Sconce

You can use whichever succulents you choose. Just make sure that they are small enough for your sconce. These beauties were left over from another project of mine.

28 Container Gardens for Spring by Carmen Johnston Gardens: Break the Rules with a Succulent Sconce

Directions:
1. Use petite terra cotta pots to house your succulents
2. Hot glue pots to your sconce
3. Use moss to hide glue.

28 Container Gardens for Spring by Carmen Johnston Gardens: Break the Rules with a Succulent Sconce

I purchased this sconce at Scott Antique Markets after falling in love with its dreamy shade of green.

28 Container Gardens for Spring by Carmen Johnston Gardens: Break the Rules with a Succulent Sconce

Maintenance:
1. Add two ice cubes every two weeks to each plant to hydrate your plants.
2. Keep next to a sunny window.

This is the perfect container garden for inside your home. Succulents do not need a lot of room or a lot of water to grow. Just place it next to a sunny window and they will be super happy.

Ok, everyone…I have a little confession to make…

I am a container hoarder. I prefer the word “collector” though. My potting shed is full of containers and I’m sure that my husband would be happy to see them all go.

28 Container Gardens for Spring by Carmen Johnston Gardens: Break the Rules with a Succulent Sconce

But look how happy they make me!

Shopping for new containers is one of my favorite things to do. It is also one of my favorite ways to break the rules. I call it, thinking outside the pot. There are so many containers out there that are just begging to be filled with flowers and it is our job to find them.

28 Container Gardens for Spring by Carmen Johnston Gardens: Break the Rules with a Succulent Sconce

What are some of your favorite “outside the pot” containers?

#BreakTheRules

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

Did you know that spring is only 28 days away? I could not be more excited, which is why I am counting down the days with 28 Container Gardens for Spring. Every day for the next 28 days I will be sharing with you all a new plant recipe for spring. They are both easy to assemble and easy on the eyes. Every plant I have chosen can be found at your local garden center/grocery store. Basically, there is no excuse for you to not join me in welcoming spring into your home.

Before we get started, here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind.

No. 1 – Choose containers with good drainage
No. 2 – Use good potting soil
No. 3 – Follow the recipe!

So, what is the recipe? I’m glad you asked! When putting together a container garden the only recipe that you will ever need is The Three T’s–Tall + Thick + Trailing. This is an easy way for you to establish balance and texture in your garden. However, for all you rule breakers out there, don’t feel like you have to follow this rule. During the next 28 days we will be sharing a few alternatives too.

Let’s get started with our very first garden recipe for spring!

28 days of Container Gardens for Spring with Carmen Johnston Gardens: Phalaenopsis Orchid, Fittonia, Lemon Button Fern

Ingredients:
1. Phalaenopsis Orchid (Tall)
2. Fittonia (Thick)
3. Lemon Button Fern (Trailing)

28 days of Container Gardens for Spring with Carmen Johnston Gardens: Phalaenopsis Orchid, Fittonia, Lemon Button Fern

28 days of Container Gardens for Spring with Carmen Johnston Gardens: Phalaenopsis Orchid, Fittonia, Lemon Button Fern

28 days of Container Gardens for Spring with Carmen Johnston Gardens: Phalaenopsis Orchid, Fittonia, Lemon Button Fern

Directions:
1. First, give your plants plenty to drink.
2. Then, start by adding your tall plant first.
3. Next, add your thick plant for more texture.
4. Finally, complete the look with your trailing plant.

28 days of Container Gardens for Spring with Carmen Johnston Gardens: Phalaenopsis Orchid, Fittonia, Lemon Button Fern

Maintenance:
1. Remember to water your orchid at least once a week. (Tip: A handful of ice cubes works great too!)
2. This container loves a sunny window!

This past summer I was able to visit the amazing garden center Terrain. It is incredible! The best part is that they will ship anything in the store directly to your home. I was like a kid in a candy store and all of the containers were just my taste.

28 days of Container Gardens for Spring with Carmen Johnston Gardens: Phalaenopsis Orchid, Fittonia, Lemon Button Fern

Terrain

28 days of Container Gardens for Spring with Carmen Johnston Gardens: Phalaenopsis Orchid, Fittonia, Lemon Button Fern

Terrain

28 days of Container Gardens for Spring with Carmen Johnston Gardens: Phalaenopsis Orchid, Fittonia, Lemon Button Fern

Terrain

The container for today’s garden recipe was one of my purchases from that trip. So worth it! It is perfectly petite and looks great for any occasion.

28 days of Container Gardens for Spring with Carmen Johnston Gardens: Phalaenopsis Orchid, Fittonia, Lemon Button Fern

As we countdown the days until spring, I would love to see what you all are creating. Please feel free to share your own garden recipes!

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

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Day Four

Day Five

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Photos: The Photography of Haley Sheffield

It is officially springtime and I could not be more pleased! If you follow me on Facebook, you already know that there are a lot of things that I am looking forward to this season—hosting patio parties and enjoying some delicious, fresh strawberries are just a few. What you might not know, though, is that the one thing I am most looking forward to this season is seeing the collaborative efforts of myself, Rebecca Reed from Southern Living, the Home Depot, and the Southern Living Plant Collection hitting the shelves in the form of our Ready to Impress container gardens, which are now available in the Home Depot gardens centers. That’s right, folks! This spring marks the beginning of a new journey for me and hopefully a new and improved way of decorating and entertaining for all of you. I am beside myself with excitement!

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To say that this experience is a dream come true would be an understatement. I have always been passionate about gardening, but it has also been a goal of mine from the beginning to find ways of helping others to enjoy plants in and around their home – green thumb or not. The Ready to Impress container gardens offer just that! Available in three different colors—brights, whites, and pastels—these container gardens can be purchased from Home Depot garden centers and then taken home and immediately put on display. Here are some gorgeous ways of displaying them below:

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RAISE-THE-BAR

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LINE-THE-STEPS

RELAX

FLANK-A-GATE

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I am beyond blessed to have the opportunity, not only to do what I love, but also to share my passion for planting with others. I look forward to visiting major cities this spring in order to promote the Ready to Impress container gardens and I am so thankful to the Home Depot and the Southern Living Plant Collection for their combined efforts in making it happen. This is going to be such a memorable season for me and I hope that the Ready to Impress container gardens will also make this season equally as memorable for all of you. Whether it be at your doorstep, every time you come and go, or in your backyard surrounded by family and friends. It is my hope that the Ready to Impress container gardens, not only make life easier for you, but also more enjoyable.

Here’s five quick and easy tips on how-to impress your guests with these colorful container gardens:

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