Matchmaking with Hellebores

 


Whether you’re already addicted to growing hellebores or are considering them for the first time, you don’t want to miss:

Linden Hill’s 15th Annual Hellebore Festival on April 1 and 2 (10am to 4pm)

We’ll have a glorious abundance of blooming-size plants with wide selection of flower forms, colors, and markings, so you’re sure to find something special.


Match Making with Hellebores

When choosing beautiful new hellebores for your garden, don’t forget to think about companion plants too. Well-chosen partners can enhance the seasonal bloom show, complementing or contrasting with the hellebores’ flower colors.

 

Hybrid hellebore (Helleborus x hybridus) with Italian arum (Arum italicum ‘Pictum’) and ‘Chameleon’ euphorbia (Euphorbia dulcis)

Pairing hellebores with foliage companions is one easy and dependable way to go. Take advantage of perennial partners with evergreen leaves, such as heucheras and ‘Evergold’ sedge (Carex oshimensis), for color you can count on no matter what the weather does. Surrounding your hellebores with low-growing groundcovers, such as black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’), European wild ginger (Asarum europaeum), or moss serves a practical purpose too: They keep soil from splashing onto hellebore blooms during heavy spring rains.

Perennial companions that offer showy new growth, such as the bright yellow blades of golden wood millet (Milium effusum ‘Aureum’) or the pink-blushed leaves of a variegated creeping Jacob’s ladder (Polemonium reptans), also offer exciting possibilities for subtle or dramatic color combinations.

Hybrid hellebore (Helleborus x hybridus) with ‘Touch of Class’ creeping Jacob’s ladder (Polemonium reptans)

 

Hellebores bloom for such a long period that they can pair with a variety of flowering partners through their yearly show. To complement the first blooms of Christmas rose (Helleborus niger) and bearsfoot hellebore (H. foetidus), pair them with early risers such as snowdrops (Galanthus), winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis), and Crocus tommasinianus. By the time the earliest hybrid Lenten roses (H. x. hybridus) open, snowdrops are usually still in bloom, joined by reticulated iris (Iris reticulata), glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa) and hybrid crocuses.

Bearsfoot hellebore (Helleborus foetidus) with glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa luciliae) and Allegheny pachysandra (Pachysandra procumbens)

 

As the season progresses, so do the possible flowering partners for hellebores. Take advantage of other spring bulbs, such as squills (Scilla and Puschkinia), grape hyacinths (Muscari), checkered lily (Fritillaria meleagris), and early daffodils like ‘February Gold’ and ‘Tete-a-Tete’.

Hybrid hellebore (Helleborus x hybridus) with checkered lily (Fritillaria meleagris)

 

By mid-spring, options increase for flowering perennial companions that complement hellebores of all sorts. Consider primrose species and hybrids, for example, and epimediums too, for a wide range of colors. Brunnera (Brunnera macrophylla), forget-me-nots (Myosotis), lungworts (Pulmonaria), and early phlox (like Phlox divaricata and P. stolonifera) are beautiful for blues and whites; many of these offer pink options as well.

Hybrid hellebore (Helleborus x hybridus) with red epimedium (Epimedium x rubrum)

 

Don’t forget about pansies and violas, either. They come in a rainbow of hues—and black and white and bicolors, too—so you can experiment with interesting new combinations each spring.


We’ll have lots of these and other beautiful bloomers at our 15th Annual Hellebore Festival, so plan on joining us next weekend and stock up on some much-needed spring color.

Also happening on Saturday only will be Springfair. Located in the barn and featuring local vendors offering seasonal gifts and food treats.

Cap off your visit with a walk through our gardens, particularly the Metasequoia Allee , to get even more ideas for charming hellebore companions.


Linden Hill Gardens will now be open on Saturday and Sunday 10am till 4pm so visit us each weekend and see what is new and blooming!


 

2016 Ottsville Holiday Festival Participants

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Jerry Fritz is  pleased to be once again  hosting the very popular Ottsville Holiday Festival on December 3 & 4th in the stone barn at his retail nursery. Linden Hill Gardens is glad to provide a venue for these talented and hardworking artisans who take great pride in offering one-of-kind items you will not find anywhere else. Featuring all locally crafted seasonal gifts and treats from more than 25 talented artisans. Hours 10am-4pm.LeafSeparator Artisans Participating Include

Live Musical Entertainment will be provided by Linden Hill Garden’s favorite Troubadour

Thomas Johnston of Whitehouse Station NJ

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Bag it Beautiful – Designer tote, sling, and cloth bags made from fabric woven in the USA.


Blissful Naturals – All natural, hand-crafted lip balms, lotions, and body butters.


Chestnut Hill Farm Gourmet Foods Jams,sauces, gingerbread houses, Christmas cookies, gift baskets.Freshly prepared, ready-to-eat soup, chili, sandwiches, pastries,pot pie, coffee, hot coco and water.


Earthy by Design – Handcrafted, rustic styled jewelry made with an earthy style and organic feel, inspired by the warm, rich, earthy colors found in nature.


Glass Goddesses – Handcrafted stained glass gift items including lotus flowers, dream catchers, feathers, trees, candle cups and much more.


Humdinger Alpacas – Handmade alpaca items, sweaters, gloves, toy mice (cats love them!) and machine made blankets, scarves and hats.


Jane Stoller Jewelry – Unique, one of a kind jewelry featuring organic gemstones, silver. leather and pearls.


joeyfivecents – Storied jewelry and accessories made from vintage imagery and findings, resin and epoxy clay.


Laurie’s Chocolates – Gourmet hand-crafted chocolate confections including toffee, truffles, barks, hot cocoa mixes and other seasonal treats.


Leslie Zavar – Bead weaving jewelry, knitting and leather work.


Linden Hill Gardens – Table top herb gardens and seasonal plants.


Lotus 8 – All-natural, vegan soaps and  body care.


Melissa Shulz Creative – Crystal Jewelry : Art based with inspirational sayings.


Mix Pix and Prose – Fine art photography


Nancy Ondra – Art from the Garden – Botanical castings, sun printing, eco printing and hand-dyed fabrics


Offbeat GourmetPremium all-natural condiments for grilling, preserves, savory spreads, finishing salts, rubs, candied jalapenos & red fresnos, pesto, hummus, bitters, preserved lemons, gift sets for cheese and BBQ smoker.


Paula Focazio Art & Design – Colorful handmade porcelain bowls and cups carved with intricate, henna-inspired designs.


Q’s Cookies – The very best handmade whole wheat cookies plus a delicious selection of gluten-free cookies – never any preservatives.


Reimaginary Friends LLC – Where yesterday’s memories become today’s keepsakes.


Remarle Natural Skin Care Chemical free skin care products for acne, eczema, psorasis, rosacea & normal skin.


Riverwick Candle Company – Hand poured palm wax container candles in seasonal scents.


Rocky Top Farm – Handspun, hand dyed yarn, recycled sweater mittens, hand knit items.


Sacred Rose Herb & Root – Ptisanes, Potions, Premonitions


Sarah Cornwell Jewelry – Handmade jewelry using freshwater pearls & semi-precious gemstones. Sterling silver & 14kt gold filled custom hand stamped jewelry.


Stonemill Rug Co.- 100% wool baskets with leather handles.


World Upcylce – Handmade quilts, skirts, scarves and bags made from Indian textiles.


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2016 Ottsville Fall Festival and Season Finale Oct 22

2016 Ottsville Fall Festival and Season Finale

October 22, 2016

Live Musical Entertainment provided by Thomas Johnston

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Jerry Fritz is  pleased to be hosting the Fall Festival on October 22nd in the stone barn at his retail nursery. Linden Hill Gardens is glad to provide a venue for these talented and hardworking artisans who take great pride in offering one-of-kind items you will not find anywhere else. Featuring all locally crafted seasonal gifts and treats from 20 talented artisans. Hours 10am-4pm.

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Attending the Fall Festival will be representatives from

The Lotus School of Liberal Arts

The mission of The Lotus School of Liberal Arts: To cultivate a high school community of compassionate, mindful, lifelong learners who are able to meet life’s challenges with the confidence and knowledge of how their efforts can help create a better world for themselves and others.

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Stop by and find out more about this innovative high school – located right here in Ottsville.
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 Artisans Participating Include

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Architectural Birdhouses – Handcrafted unique abodes for our feathered friends.


Blissful Naturals All natural, hand-crafted lip balm, lotions and body butters


Chestnut Hill Farm Gourmet Foods Jams, pickles, pies, candy apples, haunted gingerbread houses and mini pot pies. Freshly prepared, ready-to-eat soup, chili, sandwiches, pastries,brownies and hot apple cider.


Earthy by Design – Handcrafted, rustic styled jewelry made with an earthy style and organic feel, inspired by the warm, rich, earthy colors found in nature.


Glass Goddesses – Handcrafted stained glass gift items including lotus flowers, dream catchers, feathers, trees, candle cups and much more.


Hayefield – Nancy Ondra’s Botanical art, garden photo note cards, alpaca products and seeds.


Humdinger Alpacas – Handmade alpaca items, sweaters, gloves, toy mice (cats love them!) and machine made blankets, scarves and hats.


joeyfivecents – Storied jewelry and accessories made from vintage imagery and findings, resin and epoxy clay.


Laurie’s Chocolates – Hand-dipped fresh gourmet confections including toffee, truffles, barks, and  hot cocoa mixes.


Linden Hill Gardens – Table top herb gardens and seasonal plants.


Lotus 8  All-natural, vegan soaps and  body care.


Offbeat GourmetPremium all-natural condiments for grilling, preserves, savory spreads, finishing salts, rubs, candied jalapenos & red fresnos, pesto, hummus, bitters, preserved lemons, gift sets for cheese and BBQ smoker.


Paula Focazio Art & Design – Colorful porcelain pottery with free hand carved “henna” designs.


Photo Popping – Combining photography and sculpting with a patent pending method, giving the artwork a 3 dimension look.


Q’s Cookies  The very best handmade whole wheat cookies plus a delicious selection of gluten-free cookies – never any preservatives.


Reimaginary Friends – Where yesterday’s memories become today’s keepsakes.


Remarle Natural Skin Care Chemical free skin care products for acne, eczema, psorasis, rosacea & normal skin.


 Rocky Top Farm – Hand shorn sheep fleece is processed completely by hand and spun into one-of-a-kind yarn. Perfect for knitting, crocheting or weaving. Hand-knit woolen items and hides.


Sheila Sacks Designs – Handcrafted decadent soaps, vine-grown loofahs and wooden soap dishes.


Snugpups – Cosy and stylish custom dog coats designed to fit all dogs.


 

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Midsummer Magic at Linden Hill

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The Formal Garden at Linden Hill in mid-July

Don’t let the scorching weather we’ve been having stop you from enjoying your garden this summer. Early mornings and evenings are great times to do a bit of maintenance. If your catmints (Nepeta), hardy geraniums, and perennial salvias are sprawling, for instance, cut them back to within a few inches of the ground and give them a good soaking. They’ll quickly regrow into neat mounds of new leaves and maybe even more flowers for fall. That trick works well for freshening up post-bloom daylilies, too.

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These ‘Conca d’Or’ lilies are even taller than Jerry!

Want to add some wow factor to your July garden? Think big with some super-sized flowers and foliage. If you’ve been over to see the Formal Garden recently, you’ve probably noticed the towering lily stems rising above the other perennials. These big beauties are coming into bloom now, filling the whole area with fragrance. And look at the trunks on these ‘Conca d’Or’ plants—little wonder they’re sometimes known as “tree lilies.” If you’ve avoided growing lilies because you hate staking to keep them upright, you really need to give these glorious Orienpet Hybrids a try (and yes, we have them for sale)!

Jerry with Rheum australe

Rheum australe: no ordinary rhubarb!

Does your yard have a low spot that tends to stay damp even in summer? Instead of struggling to keep the weeds at bay, consider filling it with the bold foliage of Himalayan rhubarb (Rheum australe). This dramatic perennial grows in a broad clump of lush leaves, easily filling a space 4 to 6 feet across. This time of year, it also sends up towering spikes of starry, reddish purple flowers.

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We have large pots of Himalayan rhubarb ready to grace your garden.

Himalayan rhubarb is rarely available in nurseries—especially in large pots—but Jerry managed to find a few on one of his Vermont trips. We have one planted in the upper part of our new Rain Garden so you can see what it looks like in the landscape, and there are a couple available in the shade area next to the greeting barn. They’ll go quickly, so grab yours now!

Hydrangeas for Sale at LHG

Jerry’s a long-time hydrangea fan, so we always have plenty in stock.

For pure flower power, it’s hard to beat hydrangeas. Take a walk through the gardens at Linden Hill to admire them in a variety of settings—and don’t miss the crisp white blossoms of ‘Tardiva’ showing off now in the Island Bed next to the parking lot. We have a variety of top-notch selections available for sale, too, including the classic ‘Limelight peegee hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata) and lacy blue ‘Blue Bird’ mountain hydrangea (H. serrata).

Hydrangea Little Lime at LHG

Have you been over to see the new bed that Jerry planted outside of the office? It’s packed with lots of his favorites.

Don’t think you have room for a full-sized shrub? Check out pink-tinged ‘Little Quick Fire’ or bright white ‘Little Lime’ peegee hydrangeas: Both reach just 3 to 5 feet tall—about a third of the size of the species. Jerry couldn’t resist adding a bunch of ‘Little Lime’ to the bed in front of the office this spring, but we still have some nice-sized containers available.

Buddleia x weyeriana at LHG

Aren’t the soft sherbet colors of ‘Bicolor’ butterfly bush simply lovely?

Another colorful shrub that works well in summer borders is butterfly bush (Buddleia). We have a number of cultivars for sale, in a range of colors and sizes to suit any sunny site. If you enjoy making beautiful plant partnerships, you have to give ‘Bicolor’ butterfly bush (Buddleia x weyeriana) a try. This hybrid has purple buds that open to peachy pink to raspberry pink florets with orange centers, providing plenty of opportunities for creating outstanding color echoes, as in the combination shown above with ‘Bicolor’ butterfly bush, ‘Blue Paradise’ summer phlox (Phlox paniculata), and Mellow Yellow spirea (Spiraea thunbergii ‘Ogon’).

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The Formal Garden at Linden Hill in mid-July

The gardens at Linden Hill are looking fantastic right now, and the nursery is filled with lots of beautiful plants for sale, so be sure to come over for a visit. And if you’ve ever wished you could get hands-on in our beds and borders, now’s your chance: We have opportunities available for garden helpers. Call the office at 610-847-1300 or stop in for details. While you’re here, don’t forget to take a walk down to the pond, because the lotuses are amazing right now. We look forward to seeing you!

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Look at the size of these lotuses!

David Benner Moss & WIldflower Tour Schedule Just Released

Sign up early to ensure a space on one of David Benner’s popular home garden tours

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See our good friend, Dave on Saturday, April 9th at Linden Hill Gardens where he will be answering your gardening questions and also offering his own plants for sale (cash or check only please).

Moss & Wildflower Garden Tour 

Spring 2016 Tour – 42nd Year

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 This special two acre natural landscape in New Hope, PA will again be open for personal guided tours from April 20th through May 17th by appointment only.

Dave Benner’s Moss and Wildflower Garden has through the years become renowned for its explosion of colors, texture, and vivid green carpet of moss.

Below are the dates and times schedules for the garden tours:

April 20 – Wednesday – 9:30, 1:00 and 3:00

April 21 – Thursday 11:00 and 2:00

April 23 – Saturday 10:00

April 24 – Sunday 2:00 and 3:00

April 27 – Wednesday 10:30, 1:00 and 2:30

April 29 – Friday 10:00, 1:00 and 3:00

April 30 – Saturday 9:30, 1:00, 3:00

May 1 – Sunday 2:00, 3:00

May 4 – Wednesday 10:30, 1:00, 3:00

May 6 – Friday 10:00, 2:00, 4:00

May 7 – Saturday 10:00, 2:00, 4:00

May 9 – Monday 10:00, 2:00

May 12 – Thursday 10:00, 2:00, 4:00

May 14 – Saturday 9:00, 11:00, 1:00, 3:00

May 15 – Sunday 1:00, 3:00

May 17 – Tuesday 10:00, 2:00, 4:00

Tours last one hour and are limited to 12 people.  There is a $10 fee per person.  Please No Pets or Young Children.  Please wear flat shoes or sneakers (no high heels).  Please carpool as parking is limited.  To ensure availability please make your reservation as soon as possible.

To schedule a tour or for more information, please call 215.862.5388 or send an email to bigdavebigsue@hotmail.com.  Please include your mailing address & phone number.     Thank you –   Dave E. Benner