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12 Best Companion Plants for Hostas

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Aug 10, 2017
Hostas have no trouble holding their own in a shady garden. Yet there are many other shade loving perennials that make excellent companions. By adding their own contrasting colors, shapes, heights and textures, these plants accentuate the simple elegance of the hosta’s foliage. Plus, they add months of early season interest.
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Topics: Foliage Plants , Perennials , Shade Plants

Best Ground Covers for Shade

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 29, 2017
  Shade tolerant ground covers solve a multitude of landscaping problems. These plants thrive in cool, moist areas where lawns usually struggle. They hide uneven surfaces and are not fazed by steep, inaccessible slopes. Most are long-lived perennials that get more beautiful over time. Plus, they never need mowing!
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Topics: Foliage Plants , Perennials , Shade Plants

High Impact Container Gardens

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 24, 2017
If I were hiring a garden designer to plant the containers around my front door, I’d expect to get something pretty special.  Big, dramatic plants in unique and surprising combinations. Container gardens that get talked about and that look fabulous every single day from summer through fall.
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Topics: Container Gardening , Foliage Plants , Garden Design , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Bulbs

Landscaping Made Easy With Caladiums

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 09, 2017
My idea of a great summer weekend is spending 10 or 15 hours in the garden. But I know not everyone feels the same, and that includes Longfield Gardens co-owner Pete Langeveld. Pete has one of the nicest yards in his neighborhood, with neatly landscaped beds and tons of color all summer long. He loves gardening, but with a busy
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Topics: Foliage Plants , Garden Design , How-To , Shade Plants , Summer Bulbs

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 , Summer Bulbs

How to Use Ferns in Your Garden or Landscape

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 22, 2017
Walk through almost any natural area that is shady and moist, 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 these
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Topics: Foliage Plants , Garden Design , Shade Plants

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: Container Gardening , Foliage Plants , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Bulbs

What’s Your Favorite Hosta?

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 24, 2015
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
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Topics: Foliage Plants , Perennials , Shade Plants

7 Ways to Make Your Shade Garden Shine

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 17, 2015
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: Foliage Plants , Garden Design , Inspiration , Shade Plants

Elephant Ears: Late Summer Fireworks for Pots and Planters

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 10, 2015
  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
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Topics: Foliage Plants , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Blooming Bulbs

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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.

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