As I travel for work scouting and writing about gardens for books and magazines, I come across many great and useful tips and tricks I learn from gardeners. Not every detail of these great gardens make it in a story, so this column on my blog, Gardening With Confidence, is a place for me to showcase some of these great ideas.
Brienne Gluvna Arthur, along with her handy husband, David, are building a fabulous garden in Fuquay-Varina, NC. As Brie waits for the plants to fill in and serve as a privacy barrier between she and her neighbors, the garden needed something to not only block the view, but that was also be a pleasing backdrop for her plants, art, and a trellis for vines. David made these temporary screens to serve as a backdrop until her plants mature. Very clever, Brie and David!
They are movable and can be put in service wherever they are needed. But for now, they are doing a fine job to change the focal point of this side bed and give the eye a place to rest to focus in on the garden and not what lies beyond.
Helen Yoest is a curious gardener – curious about plants, soil, design, and how others use these to create their gardens at home. She is also curious about what plants do for us today in the here and now, but also about their history and lore. Plants have a colorful past. As an award winning freelance writer and garden stylist, Helen has traveled the world visiting public and private gardens so she can step into the dream that was once just an imagination. Her work has appeared in Country Gardens, Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, Carolina Gardener, and many others, including her work as the national gardening expert forAnswers.com.
Helen is also the author of Plants With Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, & Veggies in Your Garden (2014, St. Lynn’s Press) and Gardening with Confidence, 50 Ways to Add Style for Personal Creativity (2012, GWC Press). Helen curates garden art, serves on the board of the JC Raulston Arboretum, is past Regional Representative of the Garden Conservancy Open Days tour and opens her garden annually, and is an honorary member of Pi Alpha Xi, the national honor society for floriculture, landscape horticulture and ornamental horticulture. Helen lives in Raleigh, N.C., tending to her half-acre wildlife habitat, her husband, and their three beautiful children.