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Elephant Ears: Late Summer Fireworks for Your Pots and Planters

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 10, 2015
  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
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Topics: Foliage Plants , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Blooming Bulbs

Eucomis: Why Grow Pineapple Lilies?

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 27, 2015
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
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Topics: Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Blooming Bulbs

How Big Will Your Flowers Bloom?

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Mar 13, 2015
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
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Topics: Big Blooms , Fireworks , Spring Blooming Flowers , Spring Planted Bulbs

New for 2015: Kaveri Oriental-Asiatic Lily

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jan 16, 2015
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
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Topics: Lilies , 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.