Hartley Magazine

All the latest news, hints, tips and advice from our experts

Nerine and Camellia ‘still have a lot to offer late fall’

Gardens are clearly starting to fade to prepare for winter at this time, but there are still a few plants that are enjoying something of a last hurrah. Nerine and Camellia are just two of these. Nerine is native to South Africa – and it is the name of the genus that includes about 30 […]

Beyond a Rain Barrel – One Oregon homeowner solves her watering problems

Weather patterns that swing between drought and deluge are becoming more common over much of the U.S. So what’s a home gardener to do? You might think about capturing some of what here in the Pacific Northwest we call “liquid sunshine.” This month we check out one Oregon homeowners’ system that combines practicality with a […]

Plants ‘need protecting in the winter’

With winter around the corner – and the harsh climate conditions that it typically brings with it – gardeners will need to start giving some serious thought to preparing for their plants. Whatever lies in store, protecting plants is important so as to ensure that they emerge unscathed and ready for the spring. Celebrated landscape […]

Take advantage of fall color in the garden

While the fall may mean that there is slightly less planting to do around the garden for green-fingered enthusiasts, that does not leave nothing to do at the colder time of the year. The season is not without charms of its own – and professional garden and landscape designer Dan Pearson has claimed that now […]

Gardeners ‘should plan ahead for next year’

There is a great deal of work for green-fingered enthusiasts to be getting on with throughout the fall, particularly now the summer has firmly given way to the colder conditions of the end of the year. However, the importance of planning ahead for next year's gardening activities should not be understated. Mark Diacono, who runs […]

Bulbs ‘should be planted now for spring blooms’

Planning ahead is one of the major considerations to take into account when gardening throughout the winter. Many plants need to be placed in the soil now so they can develop throughout the colder season and bloom next spring. Professional garden and landscape designer Dan Pearson has claimed that now is the time to plant […]

Shaded areas ‘should be used carefully’

An expert has suggested that gardening enthusiasts make careful use of the opportunities presented to them by shaded spots. Stephen Lacey, garden writer, lecturer, broadcaster and a plantsman with a particular interest in planting design, claimed that this can be a particular issue at this time of year. Indeed, as the summer weather is retreating […]

Farwest’s Best Plants for Next Year – start your wish list now

In most parts of the country, autumn signals the end of the gardening season. Tender plants are stored in greenhousesand garages. Borders get a winter mulch. Even in warmer climates, it’s time for a break. But wait—there’s more. Here are five award-winning plants that I saw introduced in the recent New Varieties Showcase at Portland Oregon’s […]