Posted by on February 6, 2016

Tame vines. If your vines have gotten out of hand, late winter is a good time to tame them. Cut back wisteria, Virginia creeper, ivy and Japanese honeysuckle.  

Garden Glossary

Posted by on March 21, 2013


A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z A Abiotic: A non-living organism. Acid: An acid or sour substance that has a pH below 7.0. Acidic soil: Acidic soil: The pH scale is logarithmic, from 0 to 14 […]

#Giveaway: Good Berry Bad Berry & Goji Plant from Nature Hills Nursery

Posted by on February 3, 2016

Nature Hills Goji Berry

  As you may have read in an earlier post, my newest book, Good Berry Bad Berry Who’s Toxic, Who’s Not and How to tell the difference is out!! I’m trilled to announce that my good friends over at Nature Hills Nursery is hosting a #Giveaway of my book PLUS a Good Berry plant, the Goji Berry! Click through here […]

February Garden Maintenance For the Southeast

Posted by on February 3, 2016

Helen Yoest fire garden

Before the gardening season kicks into full gear, evaluate your landscape with regard to sustainability. Are you doing all that you can to reduce water, pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer use? Are you  composting? Are you harvesting rainwater ? Are you planting the right plant in the right place? Do you mulch? Let this be the year you consider […] Dutch Wave Tour: Hermannshof

Posted by on February 2, 2016


There are quite a few of us naturalist gardeners who appreciate love enjoy revere a matrix style of garden design; and in my humble opinion, no one does that better than Piet Oudolf. There are others who have successfully spread his style, but when given the opportunity to visit the garden of Hummel and other gardens […]

February Inspiration

Posted by on February 1, 2016

Helen's Haven Plants With Benefits Gardening With Confidence® Helen Yoest

Lengthened daylight hours and shortened shadows are noticeable as February approaches. A winter-weary mood is elevated as light lifts the spirit. Holding onto the winter can bring great joy when we’re reminded, every season has its reason. February, cold and cruel to some, is hope to others. After all, February touches March, the month of […]

Good Berry: Lingonberry, Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Posted by on January 29, 2016


GOOD BERRY LINGONBERRY Vaccinium vitis-idaea Plant Type: Evergreen ground cover shrub. Berry: Bright to dark red globe-shaped berries, about ¼-½ inch round. Taste: Bitter-tasting; not as tart as fresh cranberries but tart. Uses: Raw, but most commonly used in jams, jellies, syrups, sauces, and fruit juice. Considered an essential accompaniment to many Swedish dishes. Contains […]

A New Perspective…

Posted by on January 28, 2016

Helen Styling

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been working with my friend, photographer Juli Leonard. Juli is documentary editorial photographer. Most of the photographers I work with in my business are style photographers, or at least that is the reason my editors hire them. Working with Juli has given me a new perspective. I have […]

Good Berry Bad Berry

Posted by on January 23, 2016

Myrica pennsylvanica - Bayberry - 3555-4

My new book is out….and the crowd roars…..   Ok, ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a little… has it for sale now, and it should be showing up at your local bookstores soon. If you don’t see it, ask. Maybe then they will order it. Here’s an excerpt: As a curious gardener and naturalist, I […]