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A Midsummer Tour of Our Trial Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 27, 2017
August is just a couple days away, and in our New Jersey trial garden the heat is definitely ON!  We are located in the eastern part of the state about 10 miles from the ocean and summertime temperatures are typically in the 90’s. This 3/4 acre garden, was (not very long ago) a scrub-covered empty lot behind our warehouse and offices. Eventually there will
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Topics: Lilies , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Blooming Bulbs , Summer Bulbs

How to Grow Dahlias in a Cutting Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 20, 2017
It’s midsummer and the dahlias are coming on strong. This year, my cutting garden is filled with 70 of these solar-powered flower-producing machines. Hopefully this is the peak of my dahlia obsession and I’ll be able to scale back next year. (Yeah, right?) These plants have already been pushing out blossoms for several weeks, and will continue blooming right through
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Dahlias , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Blooming Bulbs , Summer Blooming Flowers , Summer Bulbs

8 Tips for Growing Better Lilies

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 05, 2017
Lilies have an elegance few other flowers can rival. With such big, exotic-looking blossoms, it seems like they’d be tricky to grow. But they’re not! Here are eight tips for growing lilies that will help you succeed with these gorgeous summer-blooming flower bulbs.
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Lilies , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Blooming Bulbs , Summer Bulbs

Eucomis: Pineapple Lilies for Your Patio

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 09, 2017
The first time I grew eucomis was three years ago. I had never seen seen the plant or the flowers, so I didn’t know what to expect. Plus, not all tropical plants grow well here in zone 4. But there was no need for worry. This exotic-looking South African bulb was a big success and it’s now one of my favorite summer
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Topics: Container Gardening , Container Plants , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Blooming Bulbs , Summer Bulbs

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: Container Gardening , Shade Gardening , Shade Plants , Summer Blooming Bulbs , Summer 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

New Tulip Bulbs for Fall 2016

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 07, 2016
Tulip bulbs make it easy to paint a masterpiece with spring-blooming flowers. This year’s lineup of new varieties offers some unexpected color combinations and unusual flower styles that are sure to inspire your creativity.
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Topics: Spring Blooming Flowers , Summer Blooming Bulbs , Tulips

Planting Dahlias in Your Vegetable Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 12, 2016
One thing all dahlia lovers have in common is a shortage of growing space. No matter how big your garden is, there are always more must-have varieties than you have room for. Last spring, I filled up my cutting garden and perennial beds with plants I had started in my greenhouse and still had 6 or 8 extra dahlias. I could have given them
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Topics: Dahlias , Inspiration , Summer Blooming Bulbs

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

Making an Impact With Border Dahlias

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 31, 2016
The only way to really understand a plant is to grow it yourself. So in our business, we wind up growing a lot of plants. We have a large trial garden behind our offices where we test new varieties and monitor the performance of others. Most of us also have our own home gardens. The gardening and landscaping that we do
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Topics: Dahlias , Garden Design , Inspiration , 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.

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