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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

The Perfect Pair: Daffodils and Hostas

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Nov 11, 2016
  Daffodils blooming means spring has arrived and warmer days are ahead! I love seeing their bright yellow, orange and white blossoms popping up all over my garden and landscape. Unfortunately, daffodil foliage that hangs around too long is not what I wanted to see in my garden, so I needed a solution!
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Topics: Daffodils , Fall Planted Bulbs , Foliage Plants , Garden Design , How-To , Inspiration , Perennials , Spring Blooming Bulbs

Bloom Time Chart for Allium Bulbs

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 22, 2016
If you’re one of the many gardeners who have fallen in love with alliums, our new bloom time chart could get you into some trouble. We have organized the 12 most popular alliums by height, flower size and bloom time, so it’s easy to see at a glance which types of alliums you have and which ones you
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Topics: Alliums , Garden Design

7 Design Tips for Shady Gardens

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 21, 2016
Some gardeners never spend a minute thinking about design. Others (like me) can spend a year finding the perfect spot for a rock. The person who created the garden shown above, definitely thought a lot about design. If you have a shady place in your yard, you can steal some great ideas from this little jewelbox of a garden.
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Topics: Garden Design , Inspiration , Shade Plants

Love Alliums? See How a Garden Designer Puts Them to Work

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 14, 2016
Alliums are a great way to add color and excitement to your early summer flower garden. These big-blooming perennials are incredibly easy to grow, yet many people are unsure about how to integrate them into a garden design. To get you inspired about growing alliums, we turned to Nick McCullough, an award-winning APLD-certified garden designer. Nick
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Topics: Alliums , Garden Design , Inspiration , Perennials

Making an Impact With Border Dahlias

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 31, 2016
The only way to really understand a plant is to grow it yourself. So in our business, we wind up growing a lot of plants. We have a large trial garden behind our offices where we test new varieties and monitor the performance of others. Most of us also have our own home gardens. The gardening and landscaping that we do
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Topics: Dahlias , Garden Design , Inspiration , Summer Blooming Bulbs

Bloom Time Chart for Spring and Summer Bulbs

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 24, 2016
Flower bulbs are an easy way to boost the amount of color in your yard and garden. By choosing bulbs that flower at different times during the growing season, you can be sure to always have something beautiful coming into bloom. Our new bloom time chart (shown below) lets you see at a glance when each type of flower bulb comes
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Topics: Garden Design , Inspiration , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Summer Blooming Bulbs

How to Plan for a More Colorful Flower Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 11, 2016
  Like most flowers gardens, yours probably looks its best in June. That’s peak bloom time for classics like peonies, bearded iris, Asiatic lilies, clematis, campanulas, baptisia and delphiniums. As summer progresses, we all struggle to maintain that same intensity of flower power. Continuous color is what we want! As you think about the
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Topics: Garden Design , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Summer Blooming Bulbs , Summer Blooming Flowers

Inspiration for Your Spring Garden: Tulips Go Casual

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 10, 2015
There’s no better place to see spring flower bulbs than Holland’s Keukenhof gardens, where you can feast your eyes on 80 acres of garden beds packed with tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, muscari, fritillaria and so much more. It’s hard to imagine, but Keukenhof is entirely replanted every fall with approximately 7 million bulbs. Some areas of
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Garden Design , Inspiration , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Summer Blooming Flowers , Tulips

6 Tips for Planning a Beautiful Spring Bulb Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Aug 20, 2015
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
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Garden Design , Inspiration , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers , Tulips

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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.