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Creative Ways to Use Hostas in Your Yard and Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 15, 2018
Hostas are so incredibly tough and easy to grow, that they sometimes don’t get the respect they deserve. More than just problem solvers for shady areas where few other plants will survive, hostas offer gardeners an exciting palette of sizes, colors and textures. Here are some of the many creative ways to use hostas around your home and in
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Topics: Foliage Plants , How-To , Inspiration , Perennials , Shade Plants

How to Use Burgundy Flowers and Foliage

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 09, 2018
Burgundy is a color that’s both potent and sophisticated. It’s a good one to have in your garden design tool kit. From garnet to merlot, maroon to mahogany, these dark, purple-red hues can take your garden to a whole new level. Read on for some creative ways to put burgundy flowers and foliage to work in your yard and garden. Create Accents and
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Topics: Color Trends , Foliage Plants , Garden Design , How-To , Inspiration

Tropicanna: Wow Plants for Your Summer Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 18, 2018
If you want to add a big splash of color to your garden with a very small amount of effort, plant some cannas. Their bold foliage, impressive size and brilliant red, yellow and orange flowers always get noticed. Cannas look fantastic planted in perennial gardens and make a fabulous living hedge. They look equally amazing in containers. So if you’re ready to turn
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Topics: Foliage Plants , Inspiration , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Bulbs

12 Best Companion Plants for Hostas

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Aug 10, 2017
Hostas have no trouble holding their own in a shady garden. Yet there are many other shade loving perennials that make excellent companions. By adding their own contrasting colors, shapes, heights and textures, these plants accentuate the simple elegance of the hosta’s foliage. Plus, they add months of early season interest.
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Topics: Foliage Plants , Perennials , Shade Plants

Best Ground Covers for Shade

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 29, 2017
  Shade tolerant ground covers solve a multitude of landscaping problems. These plants thrive in cool, moist areas where lawns usually struggle. They hide uneven surfaces and are not fazed by steep, inaccessible slopes. Most are long-lived perennials that get more beautiful over time. Plus, they never need mowing!
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Topics: Foliage Plants , Perennials , Shade Plants

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

Landscaping Made Easy With Caladiums

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 09, 2017
My idea of a great summer weekend is spending 10 or 15 hours in the garden. But I know not everyone feels the same, and that includes Longfield Gardens co-owner Pete Langeveld. Pete has one of the nicest yards in his neighborhood, with neatly landscaped beds and tons of color all summer long. He loves gardening, but with a busy
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Topics: Foliage Plants , Garden Design , How-To , Shade Plants , Summer Bulbs

Fresh Ideas for Growing Cannas in Your Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 19, 2017
There is nothing subtle about cannas. With their big leaves, impressive height and vibrant, orchid-like flowers, these flashy extroverts love being the center of attention. Finding new and creative ways to use all that exuberant energy is exactly what makes them so fun to grow. Read on for some inspiration!
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Topics: Container Plants , Foliage Plants , Inspiration , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Bulbs

How to Use Ferns in Your Garden or Landscape

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 22, 2017
Walk through almost any natural area that is shady and moist, and you are bound to see ferns. They carpet the ground in woodlands and swampy areas, gather around springs and stream banks, cascade over rocky outcroppings and decorate old stone walls. Ferns are plentiful in the wild, yet it’s unusual to see them growing in a home landscape. That’s unfortunate, because these
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Topics: Foliage Plants , Garden Design , Shade Plants

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 6 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
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Topics: Container Gardening , Foliage Plants , 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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