Avoid pruning

Posted by on January 29, 2015

Avoid any heavy pruning jobs, as they will encourage growth that may be damaged during the winter.  

January Inspiration

Posted by on January 1, 2015

Gardening with Confidence® Winter Mixed Border

  The sun is low on most January days, but my hopes are high. When I walk the garden during the winter, I hope to find solace in nature. As I look around, the trees, void of leaves, show me structure and strength. They make me feel stronger with every step I take. Color from the […]

2015 New Year’s Day — My Annual I’m Gonnas

Posted by on January 1, 2015

Helen Yoest

I’m gonna write my third book. I’m honored to be writing another book for St. Lynn’s Press. Due out in January 2016. I can’t mention the subject yet…sorry. I’m gonna gather lists for a fourth book I hope to write in the future. I’m gonna take photos for a fifth book I hope to write […]

Plants With Benefits: Lavender Linen Spray

Posted by on December 28, 2014

Lavender spray Helen Yoest Gardening With Confidence® Plants With Benefits

  Freshen your bed linens each evening with lavender, a plant with benefits. It’s a scent loved by both men and women, we also know from reading my book, Plants with Benefits, lavender is an aphrodisiac. Click to Tweet! Excerpt from Plants with Benefits: In Tudor times, it was tradition to place lavender under the beds of […]

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 […]

The Garden of Denny and Georgina Werner

Posted by on December 19, 2014

Denny Werner's Gardem

With drifts of purple coneflower, spikes of orange Canna, and the spilling of yellow coreopsis morphing the straight edge of the border, a garden is formed. And not just any garden, but the garden of Dr. Dennis (Denny) Werner, plant breeder North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, NC. Since 1988, with the support of his […]

Here’s a gardening trick that works: number of lights and ornaments for your Christmas tree

Posted by on December 18, 2014

Christmas tree lights

As Gardening With Confidence begins our busy season decorating clients’ homes and offices for Christmas, we find we answer the same questions often: About how many lights and ornaments do I need for my tree? Here’s a gardening trick that works: 100 miniature lights per foot of tree 15 ornaments per foot of tree 10 […]