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Are we talking about summer plants already? Spring has just started, but time will surely fly! Summer is such a fun time to experiment with colors. For today’s container garden, the colors will both soothe and excite. I am using a vibrant green paired with a calming combination of lavender and white.

3 Must-Have Plants for Summer with Carmen Johnston Gardens

I like to use these containers to frame our outdoor living area. I have had them since the very beginning of my business and–fingers crossed–I hope they will last forever! We have two but our outdoor space is a hot mess right now so I am only sharing photos of one. I will definitely share more photos later, though.

Well, its not getting any cooler out there! Here are some tips for planting summer blooms.

1. Buy Mandevilla on a trellis. The added height makes a huge difference and it is fun to watch her climb! We used a couple of screws and some wire to create an archway over our carport. I can’t wait to see her fill it out.

3 Must-Have Plants for Summer with Carmen Johnston Gardens

2. Use Creeping Jenny to brighten your container. The chartreuse color of this plant has made her a fast favorite of mine. She is like that one friend that looks great in absolutely anything. Nothing can dull her shine!

3 Must-Have Plants for Summer with Carmen Johnston Gardens

3. Plant Sunpatiens to complete the look. She needs a lot of water, but if you keep her hydrated she will strut her stuff all summer long. I love how the white really pops when paired with these dynamic colors.

3 Must-Have Plants for Summer with Carmen Johnston Gardens

(BONUS TIP: I love hanging plants! They are a great way to add instant color. Cuban Oregano is perfect for this. Add a little Blue Fan Scaveloa and you have completed the look.)

3 Must-Have Plants for Summer with Carmen Johnston Gardens

3 Must-Have Plants for Summer with Carmen Johnston Gardens

Maintenance:
1. Use water soluble fertilizer every 2 weeks.
2. Keep soil moist to the touch.

3 Must-Have Plants for Summer with Carmen Johnston Gardens

I can’t wait to show you more photos once these containers are in full bloom! I would also love to hear about some of your plant progress in the comment section below. Have a good rest of the day!

As they say, all good things must come to an end, and summer will be over before you know it. With just a few weeks left for summer fun, it’s time to take out that to-do list you made at the beginning of the summer and start making some marks. If you don’t have a to-list of your own, try a few items on mine. I’ve already crossed these off. Tag—you’re it!

1. MAKE YOUR OWN SUMMER COCKTAIL
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2. WEAR FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR
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3. PACK YOUR BAGS AND HIT THE ROAD
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4. START AN HERB GARDEN AND MAKE YOUR OWN BEAUTY PRODUCTS
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5. HOST AN OUTDOOR DINNER PARTY FOR FRIENDS
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6. EXPERIMENT WITH INFUSED WATER RECIPES
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Best of luck!

I have been so blessed in my business, but one of my favorite things about getting to do what I do is meeting all of the fun individuals along the way. Today I am especially thankful for Amy Norton who I met last summer at the Southern Living Idea House. I was beyond excited when Amy asked for my help in sharing 5 simple steps for hosting an alfresco dinner party on Style Blue Print today. If you aren’t familiar with alfresco dining or Style Blue Print, I suggest you head over there now and get acquainted with both.

Here is a sneak peak!

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Amy, thanks again for having me as your guest today! It has been an absolute pleasure. Happy summer dining, everyone! Make the most of this wonderful weather while it lasts.

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