Plant Ornamental Allium Bulbs Now for Flowers Next Spring

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 3, 2015 10:15:00 AM

Alliums may be the easiest plants you’ll ever grow. The only tricky thing about them is remembering that they need to be planted in the fall, at the same time as tulips and daffodils. If you haven't already ordered allium bulbs, do it now so you won't run the risk of forgetting to get them into the ground.

Did you know there are more than a dozen different types of ornamental alliums? Some are short and some are tall, some have flowers the size of an egg and others are as big as a cataloupe. They also have different bloom times, so if you plant several different varieties, you can have alliums in bloom from April through June.

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Topics: alliums

Top Performing Tulips? Plant These Timeless Favorites

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Aug 27, 2015 10:15:00 AM

There are thousands of different tulips to choose from, so how do you know which ones will give you the best results? 

Though each year brings a flurry of new tulip varieties, new isn't always better. In fact, some of the world's best performing and most beautiful tulip varieties have been around for generations. These tried and true performers have proven themselves to be strong growers and excellent bloomers that can weather a wide range of climates and growing conditions.

Here are 10 classic varieties to plant this fall and enjoy next next spring.


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6 Tips for Planning a Beautiful Spring Bulb Garden

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

Fall is the time to plant spring-blooming bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, crocus and alliums. Before ordering your bulbs, here are a few tips to guarantee great results next spring.

Pick a Color Theme

Interior designers often work with a color palette – a selection of colors chosen to give a room or a home a particular look, mood or style. This technique is equally effective in gardens and landscapes.

One option is to choose a single color scheme. The effect is simple and always has a big impact. You can also build your design around a pair of colors such as pink and white, red and yellow or orange and purple. Another approach is to use the color wheel and choose a harmony of several related colors, such as pink, lavender, burgundy and purple or cream, yellow, orange and red.


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Topics: Spring Blooming Bulbs

Are You Ready to Enjoy an AMAZING Bulb Garden Next Spring?

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Aug 12, 2015 11:33:00 AM

Fall is for planting and our new Around the House Inspiration Book is filled with creative planting ideas for every location around your home! It's available now as a free download -- and here's a peek at what you'll find inside: 

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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs, Spring Blooming Flowers, Tulips, daffodils, narcissus, muscari, alliums, Inspiration

How to Make a Hand-Tied Flower Arrangement in 5 Easy Steps

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Aug 7, 2015 10:30:00 AM

One of the best things about having a flower garden is being able to share the riches. Everyone loves getting flowers, and it's extra special when they come from your own garden.

Hand-tied arrangements like the one above are an easy and impressive way to share your homegrown flowers. They're perfect for hostess gifts and birthday parties, and so nice to send home with guests. It only takes 5 or 10 minutes to make one, and I'll show you just how easy it is. 


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Topics: summer-blooming flowers

Fragrant Lilies for Your Summer Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 31, 2015 10:15:00 AM

Summer is filled with so many good smells: suntan lotion, burgers on the grill, rain at the end of a hot day, and my personal favorite... lilies!

From mid-July to September, my home and garden are filled with the alluring and mysteriously complex fragrance of lilies. Every year I manage to make room for a few more bulbs, especially the fragrant ones: trumpets, Orientals and Oriental-trumpets. To make the lily season last as long as possible, simply plant some of each type, so they bloom in succession. 


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Topics: Lilies

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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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