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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

Best Garden Flowers to Attract Bees

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 17, 2016
Pollinators need our help and gardens can offer them a safe haven. Like other wildlife, bees have four basic needs: food, water, cover and a place to raise their young. Our gardens can provide all of these essentials, but offering food, in the form of flowers, may the most valuable contribution we can make. Honeybees, bumblebees and other
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Topics: Habitat Gardens

Plant Ornamental Allium Bulbs Now for Flowers Next Spring

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 03, 2015
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
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Topics: Alliums , Fall Planted Bulbs , Habitat Gardens , Inspiration , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers

Which Flowers Do Hummingbirds Like Best?

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 26, 2015
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: Habitat Gardens , Inspiration , Summer Blooming Flowers

Want More Bees in Your Garden? Plant More Flowers!

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 12, 2015
Next week is National Pollinator Week, so it’s a great time to think about making your garden more bee-friendly. What’s the single best thing you can do? Plant more flowers! The more pollen and nectar you offer, the more pollinators you’ll support. Bees are hungry from early spring…
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Topics: Garden Design , Habitat Gardens , Inspiration , 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.