Category Archive: Garden Hacks

50 Ways to Garden With Confidence: Layers

Posted by on April 21, 2015

Denny Werner's Garden layers

CHAPTER 45 LAYERING THE LANDSCAPE Low to the ground or raised high, layers in your landscape give you the opportunity to add more plantings to your garden by taking advantage of each plane level. The idea of layering dates back to early 20th century gardens, which were tiered, like a church choir, for better viewing. […]

To color or not to color?

Posted by on April 17, 2015

When it comes to color, I’m not usually hesitant to add. But this one has me stymied. My wonderful next-door neighbors have a Ligustrum hedge they inherited from the previous owners. It’s nice privacy, and that is about all the good I can say about it. Two years ago, I took a hard look at my side […]

50 Ways to Garden With Confidence: Color!

Posted by on April 15, 2015

Butterfly House at Naples Botanical Garden

CHAPTER 18 ADDING COLOR TO YOUR GARDEN Color is what excites people most in a garden design—color in the flowers, the accents, and even in the furniture during the cold of winter. When visiting a garden with colors that blend, note what makes them work together. A refresher in color theory will make this easier […]


Posted by on April 5, 2015


THIS #GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED This week’s giveaway is from DeWit Tools. They are giving away their gift-set of 3 products: The forged lady’s Trowel The forged lady’s Fork The 3 tine Cultivator To enter a chance to win, this one is a little different and super easy. You need to either LIKE DeWit Tools Facebook page and post […]


Posted by on March 22, 2015


THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED – The winner was Modern Mia. I’ve filed this post under Garden Hacks, because adding Crown Bee, the gentle bee company,  products to your garden is the best tip and trick you can do for today and tomorrow and tomorrow’s tomorrow…. This isn’t just an awesome #GARDENGIVEAWAY. This is also helping to […]

Add a Bottle Tree

Posted by on January 13, 2015

bottle tree

Ever notice how some gardeners just seem to garden with ease, with not a care in the world? Their garden grows well – better than yours, in fact, despite all your efforts.  One question: Do you have a bottle tree? Bottle trees are the ultimate accent to gardening with confidence.  Think about it, a bottle […]

Christmas Tree Afterlife Will Delight Wildlife

Posted by on December 27, 2014

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After Christmas, when your tree has served a charming tradition, your tree can have an afterlife as protection for the wildlife. HANGING TWEET TREATS Here, at Helen’s Haven, we put our tree in the Mixed Border to go form hanging glitzy ornaments inside to tweet treats outside. Making Tweet Treats: Gather the kids, birdseed, cranberries, […]

Decoding Botanical Latin

Posted by on December 20, 2014


Botanical Latin for many home gardeners can seem overwhelming, and indeed at times the system seems to have overwhelmed the keepers of the flame. But if you break down each aspect of the Latin name–each string of words to describe the plant–the language makes sense even for us non-botanist. The botanical Latin that scientists use […]