Carmen Johnston Gardens

Carmen Johnston Gardens

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Planting tips and tricks, DIY inspiration, recipes, floral design, entertaining ideas and more straight from the garden. Follow Carmen Johnston for practical advice and for great ways to incorporate your garden in your day-to-day life and home.


How to Keep Deer Out of Your Garden
Mar 31 • 7 min
We are always struggling with deer eating our plants and getting into our beds! I love deer, don’t get me wrong, I love watching them and they are so graceful, but they eat so many of the plants we care for! We struggle with keeping them away all year…
Hydrangea Railing or Window Box DIY
Mar 20 • 9 min
I am always on the hunt for really unique and interesting window boxes, container gardens, and containers! I came across this one that I wanted to share with you. Window boxes hold very special memories for me as I grew up having window boxes and I’ve…
Easter Table Scape: Centerpiece Florals and Inspiration
Mar 19 • 9 min
Easter is one of my favorite holidays and I want to share with you a few of my favorite things I love to incorporate in our Easter table scape. Below are some must haves for your tables cape! Now of course you won’t have each of these exact pieces, but…
Easter Planter DIY
Mar 10 • 10 min
We are so excited Spring is just around the corner and it is time to spice up our containers! For this project, I am using a number of plants from my local garden center and some forsythia branches from my yard! To accessorize I am using hanging hand…
How to Prepare Your Garden for Spring
Mar 3 • 5 min
As you are getting your gardens ready for Spring and Summer you also need to prepare your lawn, trees, and shrubs for a season of growth. If your yard has seen a lot of severe weather over the winter, it will really need this pre-spring pick me up! I’ve…
Rustic Farmhouse Planter DIY
Feb 26 • 16 min
If you have been part of the Carmen Johnston family for even a short time, you know I adore what I like to call “personality driven containers”. These are garden containers that embody parts of your personality, whether it’s your taste in design,…
Amazon Vegetable Garden
Feb 24 • 12 min
Are you wanting to plant a spring garden but just don’t have the time to build a garden or round up your supplies? Time to turn to your amazon account! Amazon is such a wonderful resource as you can order almost anything! We talk to people all the time…
What Fresh Flowers and Plants are Best to Buy
Feb 17 • 7 min
Do you want to know what to get your special someone for Valentines Day? Well, you know I’m going to go with plants or flowers! They are some of my favorite gift ideas! I want to share with you a few of my favorite flowers to give this holiday! If you are…
HGTV Dream Home Tour with Designer Brian Patrick Flynn
Feb 5 • 5 min
Recently, I was invited to Hilton Head, South Carolina for an incredible tour of one of cable TV’s biggest and most successful giveaways, the HGTV Dream Home! Every year HGTV chooses a location of one of America’s hottest areas to live and builds a dream…
Why You Should Hire an Interior Designer
Feb 4 • 11 min
We are here to bust some myths about interior designers! Why do you need one? When do you need one? How will they completely change your home build or renovation? We are going to answer all those questions and more with the interior designers for our new…
HGTV Dream Home Features Latest in Home Technology
Jan 29 • 4 min
As our world becomes more and more technologically centered, tech that we once seen as futuristic has now become a part of our everyday routine! Over 100 million Amazon Alexa devices have been sold on top of millions of Google devices that are present in…
The Latest in Home Design Technology
Jan 27 • 13 min
The design team at Couture House Interiors has been working so hard to put together the new interior floor plan for our home! Many designers or architects spend countless hours measuring every inch of a home in order to draft an “as built” floor plan so…
Easy Floral Arrangement DIY
Jan 23 • 13 min
Every year for the Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl the coach’s families are invited to Atlanta for a week of fun events and entertainment all over the city. This year we had the privilege of hosting the coach’s wives for a Christmas Eve event at the Governor’s…
Remodeling Our Home:Honoring It’s History
Jan 18 • 8 min
We got a chance to sit down with Mrs. Beatrice, the original owner of our new home! She had so many memories to share and neat things about the house that we wanted to share with you all! We knew that we wanted an older home and not a newer home, because…
How to Keep Your Houseplants Alive!
Jan 15 • 10 min
Ok, I have a confession to make…even as a landscape designer who works with thousands of plants a year, I still kill plants! Yup, even those of us with our hands in the dirt all week long still find a plant or two that end up dead. Sometimes there isn’t…
Indoor Container Garden: DIY
Jan 13 • 13 min
Find a great container garden, one with plenty of drainage, and that will accent both your plants and home well. Garden centers, home décor stores, and department stores are all great places to look, as well as online! Choose one with good drainage as…
My 5 Favorite Houseplants
Jan 1 • 7 min
I love love love my houseplants!! Houseplants are such an incredible way to “green up” your space any time of the year. There are so many different kinds of houseplants depending on your home, lighting, and temperature. I wanted to share five of my…
Organizing Your Holiday Decor: Tips, Tricks, and Products
Dec 30, 2019 • 14 min
I decorate lots of home for the holidays and I also tear down and store my client’s decorations for them. I’ve come up with some tried and true storage tips and tricks that will have you excited to make your trip to the attic or basement next year to find…
Quick and Easy Holiday Planter Topiary DIY
Dec 20, 2019 • 11 min
I love a quick and easy planter that doesn’t take too much time during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. This topiary can be assembled in 5 minutes and adds a festive touch indoors or outdoors. For all the materials for this DIY, click my Amazon…
The Symbolic Meaning of the Passion Flower: A Special DIY Holiday Gift
Dec 17, 2019 • 10 min
At my old home, I used to have a Passion Flower growing on my chicken coop and it’s blooms were like no other! In the spirit of the holidays I wanted to share with you the beautiful story of the meaning behind the Passion Flower and the powerful symbolism…
Christmas Centerpiece
Dec 17, 2019 • 9 min
I use Amaryllis to anchor this planter. Shake off the dirt and and place 2 Amaryllis in the “back” of the planter. I choose one tall amaryllis that’s in bloom and one that is shorter and about to bloom so that this container garden will always have great…
10 Minute Holiday Table Runner DIY
Dec 8, 2019 • 9 min
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Cyclamen Tips and Gift DIY
Dec 8, 2019 • 9 min
Cyclamen are my favorite indoor blooming plants for the cooler temperatures. With incredible upside-down blooms that last for around 8 weeks, cyclamen make a great holiday gift. Also, they thrive in colder weather so they look great in outdoor container…
10 Minute Holiday Planter DIY
Dec 1, 2019 • 11 min
Create a wow moment for front porch visitors this holiday! If you can take just 10 minutes, I’ll show you how to create a festive container garden that lasts well beyond the holidays and can be adapted to your style and local greenhouse finds. phenomenal…
Best Plants for Gift Giving
Nov 22, 2019 • 9 min
Looking for an easy teacher’s gift? Need a last-minute hostess gift? I’m sharing my 5 favorite plants to give as gifts as well as fun ways to dress them up for a personal and festive touch. Plants are always a welcome gift, especially if they are easy to…
Holiday Evergreen Wreath Tutorial
Nov 22, 2019 • 12 min
Recently I shared with you my easiest evergreen wreath, made using a faux wreath and clipped greens. Today, I want to show you how to elevate that wreath to use throughout the holiday season and into Christmas! Again, this is an easy DIY, taking only 10…
Easy Live Evergreen Wreath
Nov 15, 2019 • 12 min
How to make an easy life Evergreen Wreath for the Holidays? The trick is: It’s only “half alive”. Listen to how I do this quickly for mailboxes, fireplaces mantles, and wreaths. For all the materials and a step by step video, see here:…
10 Minute Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Nov 11, 2019 • 2 min
Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and with all the stress the holidays can bring, I want to share a quick 10-minute Thanksgiving Centerpiece that will elevate your dinner table to new heights. The centerpiece as a whole might look complicated but once…
Tips for Growing an Indoor Herb Garden
Nov 5, 2019 • 15 min
Lots of people ask me about herb gardens and I’m excited to share with you my tips and tricks for growing herbs. I love to use my herbs in the kitchen, in my tea, and in my hair as I’ll reveal in this post! To begin, I’d like to share my 10 Herb Garden…
What to Plant in Cooler Temperatures
Oct 28, 2019 • 5 min
I am so excited to share with you some of my favorite cool weather plants! My first pick is called free fall pansy. It may look kind of leggy to you, but I love to use in container gardens because it will spill over the edge and really soften the edges.…
My 6 Favorite Perennials to Plant in Fall
Oct 28, 2019 • 17 min
It. Is. Time! Time to plant your favorite perennials. Perennials are those plants that come back year after year, rather than annuals that have to be re-planted each year. Fall is the best time to plant so many garden favorites because the cold season…
How to Create a Natural and Beautifully Layered Fall Front Porch
Oct 23, 2019 • 7 min
I’m walking you through how-to create a beautiful fall front porch that will last through November. Layering wicker, copper, pumpkins, and LOTS of plants, I’m going to tell you how I create gorgeous fall entryways step by step. Plant Inspiration Crepe…
How to Make 3 Delicious Fall Cocktails: Cherry Mint Julep, Hot Toddy, and my Fall Sangria
Oct 23, 2019 • 11 min
Fall is here and so is our readiness for some fall cocktails! Herbs like sage, rosemary, and mint are perfect fall herbs to base your cocktails around. Use the liquor and wine you already have on hand and pair with seasonal fruits! Listen in as I show you…
FERNS: All You Need to Know About Caring for and Choosing Ferns for Fall Planting
Oct 20, 2019 • 17 min
I love love love ferns in all shapes and sizes and Lanie from Thunderwood Farms was the perfect person to share in my excitement for these beauties. Fall is the very best time to plant ferns because it gives the plants a chance to establish their roots…
Carmen Johnston Gardens
Jul 31, 2019 • 1 min
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