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7 Ways to Make Your Shady Garden Shine

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

 

If your yard is shadier than you'd like, you may feel a bit jealous of gardeners with lots of sun. But shade offers some unique design opportunities. Here are a few tips to help you turn those shady areas into places that are as beautiful and exciting as any sunny garden.

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Topics: Garden Design

Elephant Ears: Late Summer Fireworks for Your Pots and Planters

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 10, 2015 10:10:00 AM

 

Gardeners are pushing container plantings to new heights. Both pots and plants keep getting bigger and more spectacular. Along with canna lilies, ornamental grasses and even bananas, one of the most popular plants for these outsize containers is elephant ears.

With their enormous heart-shaped leaves, these gentle giants don't need flowers to attract attention. The dramatic foliage and impressive height create an instant focal point. They're also fun to watch, because the slightest breeze sets the leaves in motion, shivering side to side or swaying to and fro.

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Topics: summer blooming bulbs

5 Ways to Make Your Garden More Butterfly-Friendly

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 3, 2015 10:08:00 AM

 

It’s fun to see a butterfly passing through your garden – but more fun when they stay for a while. If you want your yard to be a popular hangout, you can take a number of easy steps to make it more welcoming.

1. Grow Their Favorite Flowers

Butterflies may look like they’re flying around randomly, but they're actually on a mission to find their next meal. Adults live on flower nectar and need to eat constantly. Growing many different types of flowers will ensure your garden always has something in bloom. Keep in mind that butterflies like to dine in the sun and they prefer flowers with a flat top (such as zinnias or coneflowers) or flowers that grow in clusters (like lilacs or phlox). Click here for a list of some favorites. 

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Topics: Garden Design

Eucomis: Why Grow Pineapple Lilies?

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

Last summer I grew eucomis for the first time. As you can see in the photo above, it was a big success. I discovered that pineapple lilies are incredibly easy to grow, really beautiful in person, and they bloom for almost a month.

Pineapple lilies are native to southern Africa, where the weather is about as different as you can get from my zone 4 garden. So I was surprised to discover how well they grew. If you garden where summers are hot and humid, you can expect even better results. 

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Topics: summer blooming bulbs

6 Tips for Growing Caladiums in Zones 5-7

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 23, 2015 9:20:00 AM

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If you live in the northern half of the U.S., you may think caladiums are only suitable for southern gardens. Not so! The photo above was taken in a zone 6 garden in New Jersey, and we have customers from Pennsylvania to Iowa getting the same great results.

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Topics: summer blooming bulbs

How Big Will Your Flowers Bloom?

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Mar 13, 2015 12:47:19 PM

When shopping online and in stores, it can be a challenge to feel confident that you are getting exactly what you want, especially when it comes to bloom size. To help you buy with confidence, we have put together this helpful infographic to explain flower sizes in terms of other everyday objects, along with the diameter of the bloom in inches and, of course, inspirational photos that tell the story of the size.  

If your goal is to grow the biggest flowers on the block, or even if you just want to coordinate sizes with your existing garden plants and shrubs, this infographic willl help sort it all out.

Start planning now and download our Bloom Size Infographic today!

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Topics: Spring Blooming Flowers, fireworks, Big Blooms, Spring Planted Bulbs

Favorite Flowers for a Fragrant Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 13, 2015 10:10:00 AM

I like having my flower garden smell as good as it looks. So during the summer, I surround myself with as many wonderful fragrances as possible.

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Topics: summer-blooming flowers

Why Snow is Good for Spring Bulbs

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

Crocus Pickwick on a chilly, early spring morning.

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Topics: Spring Blooming Flowers

Garden Inspiration: Border Dahlias Around Our Homes

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Mar 10, 2015 11:54:23 AM

At Longfield Gardens, we are more than just a bulb company. We are also husbands, wives, parents, grandparents and gardeners. When planting season starts, we don't have professional landscapers planting at our homes...we only have our shovels, bulbs and a plan! When our gardens come into bloom we enjoy the results and of course take many photographs.

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Topics: fireworks, summer blooming bulbs, Dahlias

How to Extend the Peony Season

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 6, 2015 10:10:00 AM

There’s so much to love about peonies. The flowers are big and fragrant, and they come in beautiful colors. The plants are sturdy, attractive and live for generations. You don’t need to worry about diseases or pests (including deer). And the blossoms are gorgeous in bouquets.

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Topics: summer-blooming flowers