Saving Dahlias, Protecting Figs, Recycling Leaves

 Saving Dahlias, Protecting Figs

 Recycling Autumn Leaves

Save your dahlias!

A common question we are asked by visitors to our new cutting garden is

‘Do you save your dahlias?’

 The answer is ‘Yes, we certainly do!’

Here is the method we prefer to use at Linden Hill Gardens.

Dahlia after frsot

For dahlias, the opportune time to dig the plants up is after we have experienced several frosts. Wait until the leaves are black and the foliage has died back. Cut back the stems to about 3″ ( it is great to tie an id tag around the stem).


Jessica’s Tip: Use a digging fork to uproot the dahlias, so as not to slice the tubers.

Dahlia Tuber

Shake and rinse off the excess dirt from the tubers. You can either divide the clumps now, or wait until spring. Let the tubers dry in an area above freezing for 4-5 days. It is very important to make sure that the tubers are dry when going into storage.


Saving Dahlias in Crates and Peat


We have had great success with lining bulb crates with burlap and packing the tubers in peat moss. You can also use cardboard or wooden boxes.



Dahlia stacked

You will want to keep your stored dahlias in a dark place that will not freeze like a garage or basement, ideally between 40-50 degrees. Check them once a month if you feel or see they are shriveling, spray them with some water. From our experience, we did not find watering them to be necessary.

You can then plant your dahlias again in spring after the frost date has past.

 LeafSeparator Spanish Mission Fig Care

Overwintering Spanish Mission Figs

Another tender plant we overwinter here at Linden Hill is the fig. We are crazy about these edibles, and it is very simple to save the plants over winter. Like with the dahlia process, allow the figs to go through a few hard frosts and lose all of their leaves. Then put them into an indoor area that will not freeze. (We place them in the same barn room as the dahlias).

LeafSeparatorGardening Tip from Jessica:

Fallen leaves are great nutrition for your garden! Instead of putting them on the curb or burning them in the yard (gasp!), take advantage of the benefits they can provide to the garden. Optimally you should shred your leaves using a lawn mower with a bag attachment, as they will stay in place and decompose faster, but if you do not have a bag, simply use them as is. Pile the leaves in an out-of-the-way space, in an area unlikely to attract critters, and create a batch of nutrient-rich soil ready to add to your planting beds next year. Alternatively, use the leaves as a natural mulch for your vegetable garden or perennial beds.  I have many locust trees at home, and luckily the leaves are tiny enough that they do not need to be shredded and they compost extremely fast, so just letting them lay in the garden works perfectly. Please be advised however, we do not recommend using black walnut leaves! The natural toxins in the will damage or kill plants.

Good Luck! Please do not hesitant to bundle up and come in to see me at

Linden Hill Gardens anytime to ask questions or to see our process. –Jessica

We are open Wednesday through Sunday 10am – 4 pm

Save the Date for the Ottsville Holiday Festival December 6th & 7th 

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Enjoy a Glorious Spring – Plant Colorful Bulbs This Autumn

Enjoy a Glorious Spring – Plant Colorful Bulbs this Autumn

narcissusThis is the perfect time of year for planting bulbs – after the first few frosts, and before the ground freezes solid. A little work now will yield spectacular rewards next spring. Think of an area that you wish to enjoy fresh, splash of vibrant color. Perhaps you would like to have fragrant daffodils bobbing in the breeze along your walkway or popping up through still-dormant perennials. Bulbs make great companions for early flowering plants like hellebores and pulmonaria, or as a contrast against evergreens such as boxwoods. You can also plant bulbs directly in your lawn to eventually achieve a spectacular naturalized look.

Planting Tips

Each bulb group has a specific planting depth. Generally, for tulips and daffodils you should plant each bulb 5-6 inches deep. It is best to plant bulbs in rich, well-drained soil. All bulbs benefit from a top dressing of leaf or bark mulch. Thoroughly water your bulbs immediately after planting, saturating the soil.

Hint: Planting bulbs en mass, or clusters, produces the most dramatic impact.

Bulb Display 2014Linden Hill Gardens is proud to offer a selection of our favorites available for purchase in the Greeting Barn, including:

tulips2Tulip ‘Big Apricot’ - Giant, robust, long-lasting flowers with a gorgeous apricot tone. One of the largest Darwin Hybrid tulips available. Height 24 in.

Tulip ‘Blushing Lady’ - Large and classy pale yellow and rose with orange highlights on sturdy, long stems. Great for cutting for arrangements. Height 30 in.

Tulip ‘Gudoshnik’ -  “Artist” in Russian. Variegated blooms varying from creamy-salmon to a deep-red, with all colors in between. Height 24 in.

Daffodil ‘Delibes’ - Yellow flowers with a large orange cup. Reliable and easy to naturalize. Height 16 in. Also Critter Resistant

Daffodil ‘Cheerfulness’ - Plant this along paths or by the front door. White,  very fragrant blooms. A beautiful heirloom. Height 15 in. Critter Resistant

Daffodil ‘Mt. Hood’ - Most widely-grown of the all white trumpet daffodils. Height 16 in. Critter Resistant


Tete a tete


Daffodil ‘Tete-a-tete’- Short, cute and early. Height 6 in. Critter Resistant

Daffodil ‘Ice Follies’ - Big, white flowers with a wide light yellow cup that turns white as flowers mature. Super-robust and easy to naturalize. Height 20 in. Critter Resistant



Scilla siberica

Scilla siberica

Scilla siberica - Plant with ‘Tete-a-tete’ daffodils. A low-growing pop of true blue! Critter Resistant.

Crocus tommasinianus - Very early and naturalizes readily. Flowers are small purple cups.




Allium cristophii – Large globes of metallic purple flowers. Excellent for use in arrangements. Height 18 in. Critter Resistant.


Spring in Greenhouse

Linden Hill Gardens is Open

Wednesday Through Sunday 10am – 4pm.  

Stop in this weekend and have Jessica assist you in selecting the perfect bulbs for your garden. Remember, there is still plenty of time to get planting and come spring you will be happy you did!

November Gardening Tips

 November Gardening Tips


1389Water Well

Remember to continue to water, especially new plantings before the ground freezes, up until Thanksgiving. This important measure helps ensure that your plants have the moisture that they need going into dormancy.

Go Low

To avoid mice and vole damage over the winter, cut your perennials back as low as possible to the ground. Do not leave any dense foliage as it will encourage nesting and eating.

Record Favorites
This time of year, while cleaning up in the beds, it is great to make a note of the best annuals to grow for next year. Think of those easy, awesome performers that really wowed throughout the season. Our top show stoppers were cardoons (Check out these giants that grew from 4″ to 4′!), Tithonia (Mexican sunflower) and Dahlias!



Sat and Sun December 6th & 7th


The Ottsville Holiday Festival in the Barn

1396Get in the spirit of the season and choose from unique handmade gifts for your friends and family. Stop in and enjoy fine food, friendly and talented vendors offering incredible wares, along with a great atmosphere. You’ll find jewelry, florals, botanical items and seasonal plants, wool goods, woolen baskets, jams and sauces, cakes, award winning cookies, upcycled textiles, quilts, bags, scarves, all natural soaps and candles, chocolates, homemade pickles, all natural cosmetics, photography and stationary, gingerbread houses, and hot, prepared food.

 We are open Wednesday through Sunday

10 am to 4 pm

1393Fall Color on Hydrangea ‘Endless Summer’

Retail Nursery Position Available

Assistant Retail Manager

Job Location: Ottsville, PA (Bucks County) 18942 USA
Job Type: Full Time
Compensation: Negotiable
Job Description:

Linden Hill Gardens is seeking an Assistant Retail Manager to help with all operations at the farm and nursery. Linden Hill Gardens is a horticultural destination featuring display gardens, rare and unusual plants, special events and a retail nursery.  We are the recipient of the Best of Philly Magazine award in 2013.   It is also the home of Jerry Fritz Garden Design, Inc., which celebrates 25 years of installing and maintaining fine residential gardens.  For more information, please visit our website at

 Job Duties:
Retail- helping customers, plant sales and merchandising, plant care, unloading deliveries, etc. Gardening, maintaining and planting in display gardens. Assisting Jerry Fritz Garden Design, pulling, preparing and caring for plants for installations & jobs

Job Requirements:

  • Professional experience in customer service and retail fields
  • Professional experience working in a retail nursery with knowledge of plant material and horticultural practices
  • Work schedule is Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday
  • Physically fit and able to work in all weather conditions. Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must have excellent people skills, time-management and organizational skills
  • Must have an eye for detail and design
  • Must have 5-7 years retail garden center experience

 To Apply: Email resume with 3 references to


Here is a gallery featuring several of our favorite orange-flowering plants for 2014…

Pyracantha 'Mohave'

Pyracantha ‘Mohave’

Zinnia 'Orange Profusion'

Zinnia ‘Orange Profusion’



Helenium 'Mardi Gras'

Helenium ‘Mardi Gras’

Dahlia 'Sun Explosion'

Dahlia ‘Sun Explosion’

Crocosmia 'Bright Eyes'

Crocosmia ‘Bright Eyes’