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How to Plan for a More Colorful Flower Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 11, 2016
  Like most flowers gardens, yours probably looks its best in June. That’s peak bloom time for classics like peonies, bearded iris, Asiatic lilies, clematis, campanulas, baptisia and delphiniums. As summer progresses, we all struggle to maintain that same intensity of flower power. Continuous color is what we want! As you think about the
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Topics: Garden Design , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Summer Blooming Bulbs , Summer Blooming Flowers

Planting Tips for Naturalizing Daffodils

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 12, 2015
After months of harsh winter weather, I am desperate for flowers. And to my eyes, there’s nothing more satisfying than a meadow of daffodils: drifts of delicate blossoms, fluttering and dancing in the breeze, blooming in carefree abundance. Daffodils are the best bulbs for naturalizing. They grow almost anywhere, multiply readily, and the bulbs are
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Topics: Daffodils , Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers

Hurry Spring with Early-Blooming Bulbs

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 29, 2015
I don’t care what the calendar says. At my house it’s not spring until I can see a flower in bloom. That’s why I count on snowdrops, crocuses and chionodoxa to fill my year with more spring and less winter. Snowdrops are the first spring bulbs to bloom in my garden. In fact, I start looking for them while there’s still snow
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Topics: Crocus , Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers

Pick Your Favorite Alliums and Pin It to Win It!

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 16, 2015
If you haven’t already ordered your allium bulbs, now’s the time! Like tulips and daffodils, ornamental alliums are planted in the fall for flowers next spring and early summer. Which alliums are you planting this fall? Many people don’t realize that there are more than a dozen different types of ornamental alliums. Some, like Globemaster (shown
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Topics: Alliums , Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs

Want Bigger, Brighter Tulips? Plant Hybrids!

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 24, 2015
Hybrid tulips such as Rosy Delight, shown above in our trial gardens last spring, are outstanding performers and a great choice for any spring flower garden. What makes hybrid tulips so special? Hybrids are nature’s way of increasing genetic diversity and giving plants an extra measure of vigor. Nature creates hybrids when wind or insects move pollen
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers , 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

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

Top Performing Tulips? Plant These Timeless Favorites

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Aug 27, 2015
There are thousands of different tulips to choose from, so how do you know which ones will give you the best results?  Though each year brings a flurry of new tulip varieties, new isn’t always better. In fact, some of the world’s best performing and most beautiful tulip varieties have been around for generations. These
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers , Tulips

6 Tips for Planning a Beautiful Spring Bulb Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Aug 20, 2015
Fall is the time to plant spring-blooming bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, crocus and alliums. Before ordering your bulbs, here are a few tips to guarantee great results next spring. Pick a Color Theme Interior designers often work with a color palette – a selection of colors chosen to give a room or a home
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Garden Design , Inspiration , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers , Tulips

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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.