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Midsummer Maintenance Tips for Perennial Gardens

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 12, 2017
Part of what makes public gardens like Sissinghurst, Kew or Longwood so impressive, is how well the plants are tended during the growing season. Keeping a perennial garden looking good from May to September is about more than good design and smart plant choices. It’s also about maintaining the plants so they always look their best.
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Topics: How-To , Perennials , Summer Blooming Flowers

5 Tips for a More Bee-Friendly Flower Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 15, 2017
Many years ago, I had a neighbor who was a beekeeper. We used to joke about him giving me a discount on honey, because I was sure his bees spent most of their time in my flower garden. I didn’t know how true that was until he moved away and the bees went with him!
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Topics: Habitat Gardens , How-To , Summer Blooming Flowers

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 Blooming Bulbs

Spring Garden Checklist for a Low Maintenance Flower Garden

Posted by Melinda Myers on May 03, 2017
Boost your garden’s beauty and reduce on-going maintenance with a bit of early season care. This spring garden checklist will help you focus on what matters most. Recently I met a horticulturist who practices “cocktail gardening.” She learned the technique from her professor in college.  He recommended investing time at the beginning of the garden
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Topics: How-To , Perennials , Summer Blooming Flowers

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

How to Force Hyacinth Bulbs for Indoor Flowers

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 28, 2016
Dutch hyacinths are among the world’s most fragrant flowers. These spring-blooming bulbs are a beautiful addition to any garden and they are also some of the best bulbs for “forcing”. Forcing is a technique that lets you bring plants into bloom weeks or even months before they would normally flower outdoors. Forcing hyacinth bulbs is easier than
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Fragrant Flowers , How-To , Spring Blooming Bulbs

How to Overwinter Dahlias

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 21, 2016
  Dahlias are heat loving plants that grow best with lots of sun, 80 to 90 degree temperatures and nice warm soil. Unlike most annuals and perennials, they are at their best in late summer and they keep right on blooming right through the fall. But as they say, all good things must come to an end,
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Topics: Dahlias , How-To

How to Protect Fall Bulbs From Chipmunks and Squirrels

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 14, 2016
For gardeners, fall is planting time for tulips, daffodils, alliums and other spring-blooming bulbs. While we’re busy planting our bulbs, chipmunks and squirrels are busy gathering nuts, berries and seeds for the winter ahead. If you’re a rodent working hard to fill up your food cache, the flower bulbs we’re planting are buried treasure: tasty, nutritious and easy
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , How-To , Spring Blooming Flowers

Know Your Lilies: Asiatics, Orientals, Trumpets and More!

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 21, 2016
It’s pretty easy to tell the difference between daylilies (hemerocallis) and true lillies (lilium). Daylilies have a dense root system, long, strappy foliage and clusters of flowers on wiry stems. True lilies grow from bulbs. They have a prominent, upright stalk that displays both foliage and flowers.  What gets tricky is trying to tell one true lily from
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Topics: How-To , Lilies

Best Practices for Watering Plants

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 14, 2016
Summer is vacation season, and if you’re leaving home for more than a few days, you’ll probably need to ask someone to water your garden and containers. When I’m away, my instructions for which plants need to be watered and how much and how often to water them, is usually at least two pages long. Even with that, I can come home to
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Topics: How-To

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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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