Butterfly plants

Posted by on February 27, 2015

Some of my top picks for butterfly gardens are: phlox, anise hyssop, butterfly bush, butterfly weed, aster, purple coneflower, salvia, lantana, pentas, passionflower, Mexican sunflower, verbena-on-a-stick, zinnia,  Joe Pye weed, black-eyed Susans, fennel, and coreopsis.  

Garden Glossary

Posted by on March 21, 2013


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 with 7 being neutral. Soil with a pH level below 7 is acidic. The lower the pH, the more acidic it is. Acidic soil is also […]

#GARDENGIVEAWAY Corona Tools’ Rose Pruning Kit

Posted by on February 15, 2015

Corona Tools Rose Prunning Kit

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED My year to celebrate SEVEN years of Blogging and TEN years as a garden journalist continues. Corona Tools has supported me from the very beginning. I will be forever be grateful, and I’m happy to use their tools. When I’m in my garden beds, I reach for RED! @HelenYoest @CoronaTools Click […]

Northwest Flower and Garden Show: Plants With Benefits

Posted by on February 13, 2015

Glass Garden NW

Hello Seattle! This is my third time speaking at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle, WA. My first talk was on adding Garden Art; my second talk was on my book Gardening With Confidence. This week, I’m here talking about my new book, Plants With Benefits : An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac […]

Passalong Plants — Winter Aconite

Posted by on February 10, 2015

Aconite in Gardening With Confidence®

I have a little patch of  winter aconite… My little patch of aconite was begot from Amelia Lane’s garden that came from reading Bobby Ward’s book, A Contemplation Upon Flowers, that sparked botanical curiosity in Amelia along with her pals, Beth and Jayme who learned from a friend of a friend whose father was a […]

#GARDENGIVEAWAY — Longfield Amaryllis Bulbs

Posted by on February 8, 2015


Here we go…. Helping me to celebrate SEVEN years of blogging, Longfield Gardens is giving away SEVEN amaryllis bulbs. We’re not 100% sure of the color, but who cares? Let’s live a little! What we do know is that they are all healthy bulbs. We have plenty of winter left, let’s get bulbing! Longfield is known for exceptional […]

#GARDENGIVEAWAYS: Gardening With Confidence® is Celebrating 7 years blogging

Posted by on February 4, 2015


  I am humbled beyond belief…       After realizing that 2015 is the year that celebrates my SEVENTH year blogging, TENTH year as a garden journalists, and FOURTEEN years in business, I felt it was time to give back. I put a few simple feelers out to some of the business that have supported […]

February Garden Maintenance For the Southeast

Posted by on February 3, 2015

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 […]

Cymbidium Orchid

Posted by on February 2, 2015


Cymbidium Culture Orchid Cymbidium In a word, Cymbidiums are stunning. With a lushness to remind us of better gardening days ahead and a flower to makes the wait until spring worthwhile. Cymbidiums make the perfect plant. Inside, in the winter, Cymbidiums need moderate to bright light such as morning sun or bright, “dappled” afternoon shade […]