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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

Time to Jump Start Your Tuberous Begonias

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 16, 2017
For bold color in shady gardens, it’s hard to beat tuberous begonias. These lush, heat-loving plants have attractive foliage and big, rose-like flowers that bloom continuously from midsummer to frost. Planted in window boxes, hanging baskets, decorative urns or garden beds, tuberous begonias make it easy to dress up any outdoor living space. Imagine how great they’d look at
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Topics: Shade Plants , 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

What’s Your Favorite Hosta?

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 24, 2015
If you grow hostas, you probably have more than one variety in your garden. Mixing and matching foliage colors, leaf sizes and textures is part of what makes growing them so fun. There are more than a dozen different varieties of hostas in my shade garden and I definitely have some favorites. Which begs the
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Topics: Foliage Plants , Perennials , Shade Plants

7 Ways to Make Your Shade Garden Shine

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 17, 2015
If your yard is shadier than you’d like, you may feel a bit jealous of gardeners with lots of sun. But shade offers some unique design opportunities. Here are a few tips to help you turn those shady areas into places that are as beautiful and exciting as any sunny garden.
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Topics: Foliage Plants , Garden Design , Inspiration , Shade Plants

6 Tips for Growing Caladiums in Zones 5-7

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 23, 2015
If you live in the northern half of the U.S., you may think caladiums are only suitable for southern gardens. Not so! The photo above was taken in a zone 6 garden in New Jersey, and we have customers from Pennsylvania to Iowa getting the same great results.
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Topics: Foliage Plants , Shade Plants , Summer Blooming Bulbs

Why Landscape Designers Like Caladiums

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 25, 2015
If you want to know which plants provide the most color, for the longest time and with the least amount of effort, ask a professional landscape designer. Their livelihood depends on hard-working plants!
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Topics: Foliage Plants , Shade Plants , Summer Blooming Bulbs

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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.