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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Vegetable gardens are prettier and a lot more fun when they contain flowers as well as vegetables. Tulips and dahlias are perfect for vegetable gardens. They fill a gap in spring and fall without competing for growing space.
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Gardeners are pushing container plantings to new heights. Both pots and plants keep getting bigger and more spectacular. Along with canna lilies, ornamental grasses and even bananas, one of the most popular plants for these outsize containers is elephant ears. With their enormous heart-shaped leaves, these gentle giants don’t need flowers to attract attention. The dramatic foliage
Last summer I grew eucomis for the first time. As you can see in the photo above, it was a big success. I discovered that pineapple lilies are incredibly easy to grow, really beautiful in person, and they bloom for almost a month. Pineapple lilies are native to southern Africa, where the weather is about as different as
When shopping online and in stores, it can be a challenge to feel confident that you are getting exactly what you want, especially when it comes to bloom size. To help you buy with confidence, we have put together this helpful infographic to explain flower sizes in terms of other everyday objects, along with the
s Every new gardening season brings a flurry of new plant varieties. Sometimes there’s a real gem in that list, and for 2015 that nugget of gold is Kaveri, an exciting new type of hybrid lily that’s destined for greatness. Kaveri is an inter-species hybrid — a cross between an Oriental lily and an Asiatic lily — and it will be
If deer are causing problems in your yard and garden, here are some ways to protect your plants. Home Remedies Natural repellents like dish soap, cayenne pepper, sour milk, garlic and rotten eggs are ingredients some gardeners use to repel deer (although the rotten egg smell might keep me out of the garden too!). These solutions are
The color experts at Pantone are recognized worldwide for their color matching system and their semi-annual fashion reports that predict the hot new colors for each season. As soon as these fashion reports are released, clothing and home goods designers scramble to produce their wares in these designated colors. For gardeners, Pantone’s seasonal color trends can be an excellent source
The first thing to know about calla lilies is they are not actually lilies. These sleek and sophisticated flowers are members of the plant species Zantedeschia, and are native to South Africa. Though distant in their origin, today they are one of the world’s most popular wedding flowers. In fact, when Longfield Gardens marketing director Jen Pfau was choosing flowers for her own
WHAT ARE ELEPHANT EARS? The plants we know as elephant ears come from two tropical plant species: Alocasia and Colocasia. Both are heat-loving foliage plants that grow from fist-sized tubers. In home gardens, elephant ear tubers are planted in the spring after the soil is warm and there’s no danger of frost. The tubers can be slow to get started, but once the soil
Terrariums are the latest trend in home décor, but did you know that you can use them to get a jump start on your garden? Terrariums can act as a countertop greenhouse for growing tuberous begonias. Spring is right around the corner, and this easy project is one you’ll be able to enjoy all summer long! STEP 1: PLANTING