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High Impact Container Gardens

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 24, 2017
If I were hiring a garden designer to plant the containers around my front door, I’d expect to get something pretty special.  Big, dramatic plants in unique and surprising combinations. Container gardens that get talked about and that look fabulous every single day from summer through fall.
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Topics: Container Gardening , Foliage Plants , Garden Design , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Bulbs

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: Container Gardening , How-To , Perennials , Summer Blooming Flowers , 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

Shake Up Your Garden With Elephant Ears

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 22, 2017
Want to add add some excitement and personality to your garden this summer? Plant elephant ears! These tropical plants can grow up to 7 feet tall, with leaves as long as your arm. Elephant ears have always been popular in Florida and other parts of the deep south, but these days they’re being grown nearly everywhere in the country
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Topics: Container Gardening , Foliage Plants , Spring Planted 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

Growing Muscari in Containers

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 04, 2016
Muscari are one of my favorite spring flowers. They aren’t as big and showy as tulips or daffodils, but they do: have heavenly blue flowers make ideal companions for every other type of bulb are reliably perennial smell good — like grape juice fade away quickly after they bloom are rarely bothered by deer or rodents
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Topics: Container Gardening , Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs

Growing Elephant Ears in Your Home and Garden

Posted by Longfield Gardens on Mar 11, 2013
WHAT ARE ELEPHANT EARS? The plants we know as elephant ears come from two tropical plant species: Alocasia and Colocasia.  Both are heat-loving foliage plants that grow from fist-sized tubers. In home gardens, elephant ear tubers are planted in the spring after the soil is warm and there’s no danger of frost. The tubers can be slow to get started, but once the soil
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Topics: Container Gardening , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer 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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