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Fresh Ideas for Growing Cannas in Your Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 19, 2017
There is nothing subtle about cannas. With their big leaves, impressive height and vibrant, orchid-like flowers, these flashy extroverts love being the center of attention. Finding new and creative ways to use all that exuberant energy is exactly what makes them so fun to grow. Read on for some inspiration!
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Topics: Container Plants , Foliage Plants , Inspiration , Spring Planted Bulbs

Shake Up Your Garden With Elephant Ears

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 22, 2017
Want to add add some excitement and personality to your garden this summer? Plant elephant ears! These tropical plants can grow up to 7 feet tall, with leaves as long as your arm. Elephant ears have always been popular in Florida and other parts of the deep south, but these days they’re being grown nearly everywhere in the country
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Topics: Foliage Plants , Spring Planted Bulbs

Midsummer Update from Our Trial Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 28, 2016
For Longfield Gardens, home is the Garden State: New Jersey. Our offices and warehouse are located in the eastern part of the state, less than 10 miles from the ocean. About 5 years ago, we put in a ¾ acre trial garden out back, so we could learn more about the plants that we sell. It’s still a work in
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Topics: Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Blooming Bulbs , Summer Blooming Flowers

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

Planting Tuberous Begonias: Which End Is Up?

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 25, 2016
Begonias were named the National Garden Bureau’s 2016 annual of the year. This family of heat-loving and mostly shade-loving plants, includes rex begonias, wax begonias, Begonia boliviensis (‘Bonfire’) and our favorite — tuberous begonias. A single begonia plant can produce an astonishing number of flowers. With tuberous begonias,
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Topics: Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Blooming Bulbs , Summer Blooming Flowers

Make Way for Lilies: How to Fit More Lily Bulbs in Your Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 18, 2016
I love lilies and every spring I somehow manage to find room for more of them. Since my flowerbeds are already packed with plants and my garden isn’t getting any bigger, I have had to get creative about where to put them. A few years ago, I started planting lilies in 1 and 2-gallon nursery pots. I got the idea from
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Lilies , Spring Planted Bulbs

New Cut Flowers for Your 2016 Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 04, 2016
Summer-blooming bulbs (like the dahlia Diva shown above) are some of the best flowers for cutting. They’re easy to grow, long-blooming and incredibly prolific. Tuck some of these bulbs into your garden this spring and by midsummer you’ll have your own supply of beautiful fresh flowers — free for the picking! For the coming season, we have expanded our
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Topics: Spring Planted Bulbs

Fragrant Lilies for Your Summer Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 31, 2015
Summer is filled with so many good smells: suntan lotion, burgers on the grill, rain at the end of a hot day, and my personal favorite… lilies! From mid-July to September, my home and garden are filled with the alluring and mysteriously complex fragrance of lilies. Every year I manage to make room for a few
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Fragrant Flowers , Lilies , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Blooming Bulbs , Summer Blooming Flowers

Dahlias from Bud to Bloom

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 17, 2015
  Sometimes flowers take you by surprise and seem to burst into bloom overnight. But more often, it’s a slower process that happens over days or even weeks. Watching and waiting is all part of the fun. Now that it’s midsummer, dahlias are hitting their stride and pumping out buds by the dozens. At first
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Topics: Dahlias , Inspiration , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Blooming Bulbs

Growing Dahlias: How and Why to Pinch Your Plants

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 10, 2015
To pinch or not to pinch? If that is your question, we say pinch! Though dahlias will grow just fine on their own, one little pinch will give you a stronger, bushier plant with more flowers. This holds true whether you are growing border dahlias, dinnerplates or decoratives. When to Do It. The best time
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Topics: Big Blooms , Cut Flowers , Dahlias , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Blooming Flowers

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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.