Spring is finally here! Today is the first official day and I could not be more excited about it. I am also beyond thrilled to announce that…

*drum roll*

My container gardens are on the cover of Southern Living for April. For this green thumb gal, that is a dream come true.

This is how my journey with Southern Living began six years ago…

When I heard that Rebecca Read, one of the Garden Editors for SL, was going to be speaking at a trade show I just knew that I had to go. After she spoke, she had over 300 fans swarming her with questions. My husband, Tommy, kept nudging me to the front of the line, but I was determined to be the last person she spoke with. I told her all about my passion for sharing my love of gardening with the next generation. Fast forward a few weeks when an email popped up in my inbox from, the one and only, Rebecca Reed. I was over the moon! I remember calling my dad to share the good news. It was an incredible experience that I will never forget.

Before I knew it, I was having my very first photo shoot with Southern Living. It was a birthday party/backyard makeover. I remember that it was a lot of hard work, but we had the most amazing team and it was worth every minute. Rebecca, who is so sweet, let me know that she couldn’t guarantee the shoot would make it into the magazine. At that point, I didn’t even care. The experience was priceless. You can imagine my surprise when I opened the issue a year later and saw all of our hard work coming to life on page.

I have had countless photo shoots with SL since then, and I am so thrilled our containers made the cover! I hope that you will share with me in my excitement and cannot wait to share some of the images from previous shoots with all of you.

A few shots below of behind the scenes action.

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1. ‘New Look’ Dusty Miller (silver foliage)
2. ‘Liberty Classic Yellow’ Snapdragons (bright, yellow blooms)
3. ‘Lemon Ball Sedum’ (spiky,chartreuse texture)
4. ‘Bouquet Rose Magic’ Dianthus (pink blooms in the center of the container)
5. ‘Tickled Pink’ Veronica (tall, spiky, pink blooms)
6. ‘Supertunia Vista Bubblegum’ Petunia (pink blooms)

By now you probably know that I love a turquoise container. I cannot wait to see this vibrant color spring right off the cover of the magazine.

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If you kept up with my countdown to spring then you already know about The Three T’s. However, for this container I wanted to do things a little differently. I simply placed the tallest in the back and the shortest in the front. Layer after layer after layer–such a good look! For more depth we added a layer of snapdragons on the outside of the pot. Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of this. We finished the look and added two smaller containers. So many layers! So much fun!

Shopping for the container garden that will grace the cover of Southern Living Magazine!

We were in such a rush, searching in all the garden centers to find the perfect blooms. If only you could have seen the Suburban filled to capacity with flowers. A big thanks to my dear friend Andrea for all of her help!

I am so thankful for this wonderful experience and will be floating on cloud nine for the rest of spring. I hope that you will all pick up a copy of the April issue of Southern Living (or download it on your tablet) to celebrate with me.

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Also, if you want to see some of the containers from previous shoots, meet me back here tomorrow for some images from my very first shoot with Southern Living.

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