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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 , Summer Blooming Flowers

Midsummer Maintenance Tips for Perennial Gardens

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 12, 2017
Part of what makes public gardens like Sissinghurst, Kew or Longwood so impressive, is how well the plants are tended during the growing season. Keeping a perennial garden looking good from May to September is about more than good design and smart plant choices. It’s also about maintaining the plants so they always look their best.
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Topics: How-To , Perennials , Summer Blooming Flowers

5 Tips for a More Bee-Friendly Flower Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 15, 2017
Many years ago, I had a neighbor who was a beekeeper. We used to joke about him giving me a discount on honey, because I was sure his bees spent most of their time in my flower garden. I didn’t know how true that was until he moved away and the bees went with him!
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Topics: Habitat Gardens , How-To , Summer Blooming Flowers

8 Tips for Growing Better Dahlias

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 07, 2017
Dahlia fever is running wild through the gardening world and there’s no sign of it stopping anytime soon.  If you have caught the dahlia bug, here are eight tips for growing bigger, better flowers this summer.
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Dahlias , Summer Blooming Flowers

Spring Garden Checklist for a Low Maintenance Flower Garden

Posted by Melinda Myers on May 03, 2017
Boost your garden’s beauty and reduce on-going maintenance with a bit of early season care. This spring garden checklist will help you focus on what matters most. Recently I met a horticulturist who practices “cocktail gardening.” She learned the technique from her professor in college.  He recommended investing time at the beginning of the garden
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Topics: How-To , Perennials , Summer Blooming Flowers

Attract Butterflies to Your Garden with Liatris

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 05, 2017
Would you like to see more butterflies fluttering through your garden this summer? Based on what we’ve seen in our New Jersey trial gardens, it’s very easy to do — just plant some liatris! Last summer we planted several hundred of these bulb-like corms to see how they would perform in perennial beds, containers and
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Topics: Habitat Gardens , Perennials , Summer Blooming Flowers

New Dahlias and a Sneak Peek at This Year’s Cutting Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 10, 2017
January seemed to last forever. Thankfully it’s now in the rear view window and I can now start thinking about what to plant in my cutting garden. As usual, 80% of it will be devoted to dahlias. So the only question is… which ones?
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Dahlias , Summer Blooming Flowers

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

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.

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