Why Landscape Designers Like Caladiums

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 25, 2015 10:10:00 AM

If you want to know which plants provide the most color, for the longest time and with the least amount of effort, ask a professional landscape designer. Their livelihood depends on hard-working plants!

Read More

Topics: summer blooming bulbs

Why is Stargazer the World's Most Popular Lily?

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 20, 2015 10:15:00 AM

I have a weakness for lilies. There's no other flower with such extravagant, exotic-looking, exquisitely formed and sweetly perfumed flowers. Though I have dozens of them in my garden, it's never enough. 

I am not alone in my affection for lilies. They're the 4th most popular cut flower in the world, right behind roses, chrysanthemums and tulips. But most people, whether they live in Kalamazoo, Paris or Tokyo, only have eyes for one very particular variety of lily: Stargazer. They ask for them by name and they'll take no substitutes.

How much does Stargazer dominate the lily market? Holland produces more than 10 million Stargazer bulbs every year!


Most lily bulbs -- 98% of them -- are grown for cut flowers. These bulbs are forced in greenhouses and then cut, packed and shipped to market. No lily has ever been better at being a cut flower than Stargazer. Here's why:

Read More

Topics: summer-blooming flowers, summer blooming bulbs, Lilies

What Is Your Color Personality?

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Feb 16, 2015 1:25:00 PM

What does your favorite color say about you? Your garden is an extension of your home and choosing flower colors that are right for you can create the look you desire. If you like color and spring-planted, summer-blooming bulbs, you are going to love this! 

Garden Color Personality

Read More

Topics: home decor, Color Trends, summer blooming bulbs

Falling In Love With Dinnerplate Dahlias

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 11, 2015 10:15:00 AM

Cafe Au Lait is the pale peach one in the photo above.

Sometimes all it takes is one look. The dahlia Café Au Lait caught my eye in a bouquet last fall at Seattle’s Pike Place Market. It was combined with pink and peach zinnias, hydrangeas and lavender asters.

Though I usually gravitate toward bolder colors, that romantic bouquet won me over and Cafe Au Lait will definitely be in my garden this summer. Over the years I’ve grown many other types of dahlias, but never any in the dinnerplate family, which has some of the biggest blossoms in the plant world, typically measuring 8 or even 10" across. (Check out the various flower types in our slide show Dahlias: 8 Great Looks.)


Read More

Topics: summer blooming bulbs

Ready To Grow Big Blooming Dahlias?

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Feb 10, 2015 12:00:00 PM

If you are looking for the WOW factor in your summer garden, look no further than big blooming dahlias! Your neighbors will walk by your home a little slower to get a better look, visitors will be amazed and you will be impressed! 
Are you ready to grow a 'flower firework show' in your garden this summer? The infographic below will show you the size of our biggest bloomers so that you can choose the right dahlia for your garden. 
Read More

Topics: fireworks, summer blooming bulbs, Dahlias, Big Blooms

"Gardening Makes the Best Snow Days"

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Feb 6, 2015 12:00:00 PM

If you live in an area where winter has been ‘exciting,’ you are no stranger to snow storms. If you’re a parent of school-aged children, you are also familiar with what snow days can do to your previously well-planned day.

As a full-time work at home parent, a snow day for me means my children have ice cream for breakfast, wear pjs until the afternoon, play in the snow, build forts, and watch tv all day. My boys are almost teenagers and they are happy doing their own thing with their friends. My youngest is only 8 and she is definitely a ‘Little Mommy.’ Nothing brings out my inner control freak faster than when I hear the words “Mommy can I help?” Those four words mean I have to tame the Type A and let her help me because 1) she needs to learn to be a self sufficient adult someday and 2) I always learn something amazing from her point of view. This latest project was no different.

Read More

Topics: Indoor Bulbs, amaryllis

Wow Plants for Your Summer Garden: Tropicanna Canna Lilies

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

Read More

Topics: summer blooming bulbs

What to Do with Amaryllis Bulbs After They Bloom

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jan 23, 2015 10:10:00 AM

I'm a plant lover and it's hard for me to throw out a plant -- especially a houseplant. I tend to keep them around for years. Like the Christmas cactus in my office that my son brought home from first grade...back in 1994. But I feel differently about amaryllis.

Storing amaryllis bulbs from one year to the next is a bother and you can't always count on getting flowers. With a freshly-purchased amaryllis bulb, I know I'll get great results every time. So I treat amaryllis like I do fresh flowers. Once a bulb has finished blooming, I simply throw it out.

Read More

Topics: amaryllis

New for 2015: Kaveri Oriental-Asiatic Lily

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jan 16, 2015 10:10:00 AM


It takes a lot of patience to be a plant breeder. Bringing a new variety to market often involves decades of trial and error. And if you're trying to produce a hybrid that combines two entirely different species, the challenge is much greater.

In the lily world, plant breeders have introduced a number of inter-species hybrids that have met with great success. Large and sweetly fragrant OT lilies, such as Purple Prince and Yelloween, were created by crossing Oriental lilies with Trumpet lilies. Richly colored LA hybrids such as Fangio and Yellow Diamond combine the best features of Longiflorum and Asiatic lilies.

Read More

Topics: summer-blooming flowers

"When Will My Amaryllis Bulbs Bloom?"

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jan 9, 2015 12:10:00 PM

If you've ever grown more than one amaryllis bulb at a time, you may have wondered why some bulbs sprout more quickly than others. There's always a bit of mystery as to how fast a plant will grow and when it will bloom, but with amaryllis, much of this depends on where the bulb was grown, when you plant it and which variety you choose.

Bulb Origin

Read More

Topics: Indoor Bulbs, amaryllis