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Amaryllis: A Simple Gift

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Dec 09, 2016
The halls are decked, the weather is turning colder and it’s that time of the year when we all scramble for holiday gifts for everyone on our list. In addition to all the other preparations leading up to the holidays, gifting can be stressful if you let it! Fortunately, I found a way to give a thoughtful, unique and beautiful gift
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Topics: Amaryllis , Gardening with Kids , Indoor Bulbs , Inspiration

Decorate Your Entryway for the Holidays

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 18, 2016
With Thanksgiving less than a week away, now is the perfect time to get your entryway freshened up for the holiday season. Say goodbye to those faded mums, sad pumpkins and yellowing ornamental cabbages. Bring on the evergreen boughs, red berries and twinkling lights!
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Topics: Home Decor , Inspiration

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

Planting Dahlias in Your Vegetable Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 12, 2016
One thing all dahlia lovers have in common is a shortage of growing space. No matter how big your garden is, there are always more must-have varieties than you have room for. Last spring, I filled up my cutting garden and perennial beds with plants I had started in my greenhouse and still had 6 or 8 extra dahlias. I could have given them
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Topics: Dahlias , Inspiration , Summer Blooming Bulbs

How to Keep Container Plants Looking Their Best

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 28, 2016
Spring is here and gardeners everywhere are busy stuffing plants into pots. It’s one of my favorite rites of spring. I love selecting the plants, composing the designs and seeing instant results. At this time of year, garden centers are packed with so many beautiful, well-grown plants that it’s relatively easy to compose a great-looking container. The
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Topics: Inspiration , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Blooming Bulbs

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

Facebook Fans Say Mental Health Is Top Reason for Gardening

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 10, 2016
For people who don’t garden, it can be hard to understand what’s so appealing about playing with plants. To be honest, I occasionally ask myself the same question. Yet every spring I can hardly wait to get back out there and do it all over again.
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Topics: Inspiration

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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.