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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

How to Plant an Indoor Amaryllis Garden

Posted by Longfield Gardens on Dec 17, 2015
As a longtime gardener, I love to push the limits to see how creative I can be. While shopping at one of my favorite garden centers, Molbak’s in Woodinville, WA, several ideas for growing amaryllis bulbs came to mind that I haven’t seen others illustrate. One of them being – why hasn’t anyone tried planting amaryllis
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Topics: Amaryllis , Home Decor , Indoor Bulbs , Inspiration

Amaryllis and Paperwhites: Inspiration Is Everywhere!

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Dec 11, 2015
Amaryllis and paperwhites may be some of the easiest bulbs to grow. They are the perfect gift that keeps on giving long after the Christmas trees and holiday decor come down. Amaryllis have big, bright blooms that are spectacular during the dreary days of winter when we are all sick of seeing gray. If you plant a few
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Topics: Amaryllis , Home Decor , Indoor Bulbs , Inspiration , Paperwhites , Scilla maderiensis

The Flowerhouse – A Blooming Showcase of Past, Present and Future

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Nov 04, 2015
  It was a signature Michigan autumn evening: crisp, cool and a little windy. The chill in the air didn’t deter the big crowd that gathered to celebrate the 10th and final Field to Vase Dinner and celebration of the Flowerhouse in Hamtramck.
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Topics: Dahlias , Inspiration , Peonies , Tulips

Field to Vase Event Celebrates Locally-Grown Cut Flowers

Posted by Longfield Gardens on Sep 30, 2015
Recently, Longfield Gardens sponsored an event that is very dear to us – supporting American grown cut flowers. The Field to Vase Dinner was held in Mt. Vernon, Washington, about an hour and a half north of Seattle. As I drove to Jello Mold Farm, I couldn’t wait to see the beautiful fields of dahlias, zinnias and other
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Topics: Color Trends , Cut Flowers , Inspiration , Tulips

Color-Changing Tulips: New Varieties for Fall 2015

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 17, 2015
Holland’s flower bulb breeders are always working on something new. One development we’ve been watching closely is a range of new tulip varieties with built-in color variations. In some cases these tulips change color over time and in others, a single variety produces flowers in several different colors. This year, we are excited to be
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Topics: Color Trends , Fall Planted Bulbs , Inspiration , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers , Tulips

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. For eight weeks every year,  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 fathom, but Keukenhof is completely replanted every fall with approximately 7 million flower
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Garden Design , Inspiration , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Tulips


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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