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Kath LaLiberte

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Fresh Ideas for Growing Cannas in Your Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 19, 2017
There is nothing subtle about cannas. With their big leaves, impressive height and vibrant, orchid-like flowers, these flashy extroverts love being the center of attention. Finding new and creative ways to use all that exuberant energy is exactly what makes them so fun to grow. Read on for some inspiration!
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Topics: Container Plants , Foliage Plants , Inspiration , Spring Planted Bulbs

Growing Lily of the Valley: Tips and Tales

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 12, 2017
Lily of the valley has a long and fascinating history.  Over the centuries, these fragrant little blossoms have inspired stories, songs, poetry, festivals and folk traditions. When I was a child, singing rounds was a big thing and my favorite was always: White coral bells upon a slender stalk Lilies of the valley line my garden walk.
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Topics: Fragrant Flowers , Perennials

Attract Butterflies to Your Garden with Liatris

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 05, 2017
Would you like to see more butterflies fluttering through your garden this summer? Based on what we’ve seen in our New Jersey trial gardens, it’s very easy to do — just plant some liatris! Last summer we planted several hundred of these bulb-like corms to see how they would perform in perennial beds, containers and
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Topics: Habitat Gardens , Perennials , Summer Blooming Flowers

Give Your Garden a Lift with Clematis

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 29, 2017
Clematis and other flowering vines, play a special role in flower gardens. Since these plants grow up rather than out, they fill spaces that other plants can’t, and introduce a whole new dimension of color and texture. In Britain, most flower gardens include one or more clematis vines. Here in the U.S, they are far less common. I think that’s because many people aren’t
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Topics: Perennials

How to Use Ferns in Your Garden or Landscape

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 22, 2017
Walk through almost any natural area where there’s shade and some moisture, and you are bound to see ferns. They carpet the ground in woodlands and swampy areas, gather around springs and stream banks, cascade over rocky outcroppings and decorate old stone walls. Ferns are plentiful in the wild, yet it’s unusual to see them growing in a home landscape. That’s unfortunate, because
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Topics: Garden Design , Shade Plants

Eucomis: Pineapple Lilies for Your Patio

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 09, 2017
The first time I grew eucomis was three years ago. I had never seen seen the plant or the flowers, so I didn’t know what to expect. Plus, not all tropical plants grow well here in zone 4. But there was no need for worry. This exotic-looking South African bulb was a big success and it’s now one of my favorite summer
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Topics: Container Plants , Summer Blooming Bulbs

Bartzella: The YELLOW Peony

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 03, 2017
Thinking about adding a new peony to your garden this year? With so many gorgeous varieties to choose from, it can be hard to pick a favorite. Here’s how to make that decision easy: plant a yellow one! Most garden peonies have blossoms that are red, pink or white. To get yellow flowers, breeders needed to cross a standard herbaceous
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Topics: Big Blooms , Peonies , Perennials

Shake Up Your Garden With Elephant Ears

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 22, 2017
Want to add add some excitement and personality to your garden this summer? Plant elephant ears! These tropical plants can grow up to 7 feet tall, with leaves as long as your arm. Elephant ears have always been popular in Florida and other parts of the deep south, but these days they’re being grown nearly everywhere in the country
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Topics: Foliage Plants , Spring Planted Bulbs

Time to Jump Start Your Tuberous Begonias

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 16, 2017
For bold color in shady gardens, it’s hard to beat tuberous begonias. These lush, heat-loving plants have attractive foliage and big, rose-like flowers that bloom continuously from midsummer to frost. Planted in window boxes, hanging baskets, decorative urns or garden beds, tuberous begonias make it easy to dress up any outdoor living space. Imagine how great they’d look at
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Topics: Shade Plants , Summer Blooming Bulbs

New Dahlias and a Sneak Peek at This Year’s Cutting Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 10, 2017
January seemed to last forever. Thankfully it’s now in the rear view window and I can start thinking about what to plant in my cutting garden. As usual, 80% of it will be devoted to dahlias. So the only question is… which ones?
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Dahlias , Summer Blooming Flowers

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Kathleen LaLiberte has been writing about gardening for more than 30 years from her home in northern Vermont, where she tends a half acre of flowers, vegetables and fruit. She has been working with Longfield Gardens since 2011.