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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

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

Planting Your Vegetable Garden? Make Room for Flower Bulbs!

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 22, 2015
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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Topics: Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Blooming Bulbs , Summer Blooming Flowers

Elephant Ears: Late Summer Fireworks for 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 dramatic foliage
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Topics: Foliage Plants , Spring Planted Bulbs , 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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