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Acidanthera: Fragrant Flowers for Late Summer

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Aug 24, 2017
Acidanthera is a lovely, summer-blooming bulb that deserves a place in every flower garden. Curiously, very few gardeners seem to know about it. Being burdened with an unappealing name doesn’t help. Just ask plants like chionodoxa, crocosmia and lisianthus! And to make matters worse, acidanthera goes by nearly a dozen other names, including gladiolus murielae, gladiolus callianthus,
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Summer Blooming Bulbs , Summer Blooming Flowers

Late Summer Flower Bulbs Hit Their Stride

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Aug 17, 2017
August is an exciting time in our trial garden. There’s something new to admire every single day. This month the stars of the show are summer bulbs, and in particular, cannas and dahlias. Here’s a quick peek at what we’re seeing.
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Topics: Dahlias , Summer Blooming Bulbs , Summer Blooming Flowers

Love Hummingbirds? Grow Some Crocosmia!

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 27, 2017
Hummingbirds have a weakness for red flowers. So even though it’s not MY favorite color, I always try to have a few red flowers in the garden —  just for the hummingbirds. Some years it’s salvias and hibiscus. Others it’s fuschias or geraniums. Always there’s  Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’.  Its flowers are redder than red and there’s just no way a hummingbird can
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Topics: Habitat Gardens , Perennials , Summer Blooming Flowers

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

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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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