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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 Plants , Summer Blooming 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: Shade Plants , Summer Blooming 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

Bloom Time Chart for Spring and Summer Bulbs

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 24, 2016
Flower bulbs are an easy way to boost the amount of color in your yard and garden. By choosing bulbs that flower at different times during the growing season, you can be sure to always have something beautiful coming into bloom. Our new bloom time chart (shown below) lets you see at a glance when each type of flower bulb comes
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Topics: Garden Design , Inspiration , Spring Blooming 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

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

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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.