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My dear friend, Andrea Crawford of Couture House Interiors, created this incredible piece and I just had to share it with all of you. Such an inspiring idea! Seriously, I fall more in love with gardening every day! Just take a look at this fountain full of succulents and you will be smitten too.

Materials Needed:
Tiered fountain (Andrea found this one at Home Decorators)
Sand/soil mixture
Drill
Succulents

DIY Succulent Garden 1

Directions:
1. Give your plants plenty of breathing room by drilling holes for drainage. Air is just as important as water for helping your plants grow.
2. Mix one part potting soil with one part play yard sand to create the perfect environment for your succulents to live in.
3. Stuff ‘n’ Shove! Mix various colors and shapes throughout the fountain for a big, bold look!

DIY Succulent Garden in a fountain featured on Carmen Johnston Gardens

DIY Succulent Garden in a fountain featured on Carmen Johnston Gardens

4. If you want to take it to the next level, you can always add some sedum around the base of your fountain. You can never go wrong with chartreuse in spring!

DIY Succulent Garden in a fountain featured on Carmen Johnston Gardens

So simple, so chic! God has truly blessed me with such talented friends and I am beyond thankful for how they continue to inspire me. Thank you, Andrea, for your beautiful work.

DIY Succulent Garden 5

How to Rehab your Succulents with Carmen Johnston Gardens

I am a huge fan of succulents! It makes me so happy to see how popular they have become these past few years.

The succulents I am using today have been sitting in my sunroom for a while now. I water them maybe once every 3 weeks, but have neglected them other than that. Today, all that changes! I will be giving them my full attention as I show you How to Rehab Your Succulents.

Directions:
1. Choose a colorful container. Succulents are rich in texture and pair nicely with bright, bold containers. I found this strawberry jar at Marshall’s for $15.

How to Rehab your Succulents with Carmen Johnston Gardens

2. Fill your container with a mixture of rocks, sand, and potting soil. They need plenty of drainage.

How to Rehab your Succulents with Carmen Johnston Gardens

3. When choosing your succulents you want your selection to vary in color, texture, and height. I love a chartreuse colored succulent. It makes the entire container pop!

How to Rehab your Succulents with Carmen Johnston Gardens

4. Stuff ‘n’ shove! Nestle each succulent into its own little cubby hole.

How to Rehab your Succulents with Carmen Johnston Gardens

5. Plant your tallest succulents on top and your trailing succulents on the side.

How to Rehab your Succulents with Carmen Johnston Gardens

Maintenance:
1. They need to be placed in full sunlight! Always keep them out of the cold.
2. Water once every 2-3 weeks.

How to Rehab your Succulents with Carmen Johnston Gardens

I love all the fun succulent names–Agave, Seneccio Blue Fingers, Angelina Sedum–the list goes on and on! Don’t worry yourselves with remembering all the names, though. Just have fun playing with all the different textures and colors. There are certainly plenty to choose from!

Spring Container Gardens Succulent Sconce 6

I think you will also love this chandelier. So pretty!

Photos: The Photography of Haley Sheffield

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…

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Day Four

Day Five

Day Six

Day Seven

Day Eight

Day Nine

Day Ten

Day Eleven

Day Twelve

Day Thirteen

Day Fourteen

Day Fifteen

Day Sixteen

Day Seventeen

Day Eighteen

Day Nineteen

Day Twenty

Day Twenty One

Day Twenty Two

Day Twenty Three

Day Twenty Four

Day Twenty Five

Day Twenty Six

Day Twenty Seven

Day Twenty Eight

Photos: The Photography of Haley Sheffield