Water the ground, not the plants

Posted by on May 5, 2015

Use an end-of-hose sprayer, drip irrigation, soaker hoses, or watering can – saturate the ground and leave the leaves dry. Improve potting soil mixes. Incorporate water-retaining polymers into the potting soil for your container gardens. They really make a difference.  

Classic Caladiums: add some variety to your life

Posted by on April 23, 2015


Ever since I learned how easy it was to plant masses of Classic Caladiums, it is now an annual event here at Helen’s Haven. Classic Caladiums is my go-to source for the best quality of caladium bulbs. Not only are the bulbs the best, they come from the science and selection of Dr. Robert (Bob) Hartman. Bob […]

#GARDENGIVEAWAY: Costa Farms EARTH DAY Celebration

Posted by on April 22, 2015


I had to good fortune of doing a media trip a while back to Costa Farms. Touring their facilities and reading this book was a eye opener. Intuitively I already knew, but I like it when science backs things up. Costa Farms is giving away a 5 plant pack for O2 for YOU  to celebrate Earth Day!   To […]

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. […]

#GARDENGIVEAWAY: AMES New Homeowner’s Collection

Posted by on April 19, 2015


This #GARDENGIVEAWAY IS CLOSED   This almost seems too good to be true. But it is! For this week’s #gardengiveaway, AMES Tools is offering a set of their tools, idea for someone new to gardening, just starting out–The complete New Homeowner Collection! It’s easy to enter a chance to win, just read on… The Homeowner […]

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 […]

Gardener’s Roll Call: Monday, April 13, 2015

Posted by on April 13, 2015

Sustainable Raleigh

The Day Beautiful and near 80ºF The Deed I was fortunate enough to travel this week on assignment for Troy-Bilt. It was my son’s spring break, so we made a little vaca out of it. He’s use to it, and very abiding. We visited Magnolia Plantation and Gardens! The forecast ahead shows no more frost […]

I’ve Been A Traveling Fool…

Posted by on April 12, 2015

Kathy Jentz taking photo

I’ve been a traveling fool. The book tour for Plants with Benefits doesn’t seem to want to end…but that’s a good thing. Friday at noon, I spoke to full house at the US Botanical Garden. It was such an honor. My sister-in-law Charmaine Yoest and my niece, Gibby Yoest were there to cheer me one. […]

Gardener’s Roll Call: Monday, April 6, 2015

Posted by on April 6, 2015

secret jelly

The Day Sunny, beautiful, around 70ºF. The Deeds It was a slow weekend in Helen’s Haven. Yesterday was Easter and I played bunny. That and chocolate are the only bunnies I like. Planted 3 Mahonia bealei to go with a third I already had. Picked-up 40 lb.  of paver sand to reposition the pavers edging the driveway. […]