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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

Dinnerplate Dahlias: Tips for Success

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 26, 2018
Dahlias are impressive plants. The sheer volume of their flower production is remarkable. They also offer an incredible range of flower sizes, styles and colors — more than enough to hold your attention for a lifetime! Though every dahlia variety has its own special charm, the most extraordinary of all are dinnerplate dahlias. What Are Dinnerplate Dahlias? Dinnerplates are not part
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Dahlias , Summer Bulbs

How a Floral Designer Chooses Flowers for Her Cutting Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 21, 2018
After many years running a successful floral design studio, Alicia Schwede decided to take her business in a slightly different direction. She wanted to combine her work experience and creative talents, with her passion for teaching and flair for social media. Her website, FlirtyFleurs.com, is now a hub for other floral designers, specialty cut flower growers and anyone who loves cut flowers. When
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Dahlias , Summer Bulbs

Dahlias: Why You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jan 16, 2018
January and February are the peak selling season for dahlias. It’s still months before we start shipping tubers, but dahlia lovers are always eager to reserve their favorites. They know from experience that the only way to get the varieties you want, is to order them early.
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Dahlias , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Bulbs

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 , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Bulbs

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 , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Bulbs

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 , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Blooming Flowers , Summer Bulbs

A Midsummer Tour of Our Trial Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on
August is just a couple days away, and in our New Jersey trial garden the heat is definitely ON!  We are located in the eastern part of the state about 10 miles from the ocean and summertime temperatures are typically in the 90’s. This 3/4 acre garden, was (not very long ago) a scrub-covered empty lot behind our warehouse and offices. Eventually there will
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Topics: Lilies , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Blooming Bulbs , Summer Bulbs

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 , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Blooming Bulbs , Summer Blooming Flowers , Summer Bulbs

8 Tips for Growing Better Lilies

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 05, 2017
Lilies have an elegance few other flowers can rival. With such big, exotic-looking blossoms, it seems like they’d be tricky to grow. But they’re not! Here are eight tips for growing lilies that will help you succeed with these gorgeous summer-blooming flower bulbs.
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Lilies , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Blooming 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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