What's Your Favorite Hosta?

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 24, 2015 10:15:00 AM

If you grow hostas, you probably have more than one variety in your garden. Mixing and matching foliage colors, leaf sizes and textures is part of what makes growing them so fun.

There are more than a dozen different varieties of hostas in my shade garden and I definitely have some favorites. Which begs the question...what qualities should you look for when choosing a hosta?


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Topics: shade plants

Dahlias from Bud to Bloom

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 17, 2015 10:15:00 AM


Sometimes flowers take you by surprise and seem to burst into bloom overnight. But more often, it's a slower process that happens over days or even weeks. Watching and waiting is all part of the fun.

Now that it's midsummer, dahlias are hitting their stride and pumping out buds by the dozens. At first they're small and pale green. Gradually they get larger and begin to show a little color. Eventually the first petals break out...and soon the flower is there in all its glory. Hello dahlias!

How are your dahlias blooming this summer? We'd love to hear about your favorites. You can add a comment below or leave a review for the variety on our website. Thanks!

Pictured: Border dahlia 'Melody Swing'

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Topics: summer blooming bulbs

Growing Dahlias: How and Why to Pinch Your Plants

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 10, 2015 10:30:00 AM

To pinch or not to pinch? If that is your question, we say pinch! Though dahlias will grow just fine on their own, one little pinch will give you a stronger, bushier plant with more flowers. This holds true whether you are growing border dahlias, dinnerplates or decoratives.

When to Do It. The best time to pinch a dahlia is when it's between 12" and 16" tall and has at least 4 sets of leaves on the center stalk. At this point the plant is growing rapidly and will quickly recover from being pinched. 

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Which Flowers Do Hummingbirds Like Best?

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 26, 2015 10:15:00 AM

Hummingbirds are fun to watch and easy to attract. Though their diet typically includes more insects than nectar, they spend a lot of time visiting flowers. Planting the types flowers they prefer, is the best way to encourage frequent visits.

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Topics: summer-blooming flowers

5 Tips for Long-Lasting Flower Bouquets

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 19, 2015 10:15:00 AM

I love making bouquets from the flowers in my garden and wish I did it more often. Cutting flowers forces me to slow down and admire what's in bloom. With clippers in hand I’m suddenly no longer in a hurry and have time to look around and think about colors and textures and how various flowers will complement each other.

Once I'm back in the house, there’s the pleasure of selecting just the right vase and then arranging the flowers so they’ll look their very best. 

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Topics: summer-blooming flowers

Want More Bees in Your Garden? Plant More Flowers!

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 12, 2015 6:43:00 AM

Next week is National Pollinator Week, so it’s a great time to think about making your garden more bee-friendly. What's the single best thing you can do? Plant more flowers! The more pollen and nectar you offer, the more pollinators you'll support. Bees are hungry from early spring...


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Topics: Garden Design

How to Stretch the Peony Season

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 5, 2015 10:15:00 AM

Late Season Peony Sarah Bernhardt

Peonies are one of America's best-loved perennials. They're also one of the easiest to grow! They can be planted almost anywhere, aren’t troubled by deer or insect pests, and will bloom for generations without a bit of attention.

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Topics: summer-blooming flowers

6 Reasons Your Flower Garden Needs Ornamental Alliums

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 29, 2015 10:15:00 AM

Tulip season may be drawing to a close, but I can always count on alliums to grab the baton and lead my garden right into summer. Here are a few of the many reasons I’m a big fan of ornamental alliums:


1.  Bloom time. Most alliums flower during that inbetween time when it’s no longer spring and not quite summer. Allium Purple Sensation is one of the earliest to bloom. The bulbs are inexpensive, so it’s easy to plant lots and enjoy a great show.

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Topics: alliums

Planting Your Vegetable Garden? Make Room for Flower Bulbs!

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 22, 2015 10:15:00 AM

Vegetable gardens are prettier and a lot more fun when they contain flowers as well as vegetables. Tulips and dahlias are perfect for vegetable gardens. They fill a gap in spring and fall without competing for growing space.


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Topics: Spring Planted Bulbs

Spring-Blooming Bulbs: We Want Your Reviews!

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 15, 2015 10:15:00 AM

Darwin Hybrid Mix

Before this beautiful spring weather becomes a distant memory, would you please take a few moments to tell us how your bulbs performed in your garden this spring?

If you planted tulips, daffodils, alliums or any other spring-blooming bulbs from Longfield Gardens, please visit our website and add a review. Your feedback is very important to us...and to other gardeners! 

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Topics: Spring Blooming Bulbs