Hartley Magazine

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

Chilean jasmine, not from Chile and not a jasmine

A frost free greenhouse that stays cool all summer is perfect for this exotically perfumed climber. Indeed this is excellent run along high wires in a shady greenhouse or conservatory as this will seldom get too hot and there will be enough light next to the glass. Mandevilla suaveolens is a tender deciduous climber from […]

Dudder grass? Maidenhair sounds better!

Happy in a cool greenhouse Maidenhair ferns, Adiantums, have the reputation of being easy to kill as a houseplant. They just do not like hot dry conditions. Indeed they’re most satisfied in a Wardian case, or even a bottle. Still a cool greenhouse is good and set in dappled shade amongst other plants they usefully […]

Great English Victorian Glasshouse

Way back when: A history of the English Glasshouse

Now a firm part of British culture, over the last few centuries, the great English Victorian Glasshouse has become an iconic feature in botanic gardens throughout the country. Often thought of as a cornerstone of gardening itself, the history of the English glasshouse takes its roots from far and wide. Early beginnings Although a far […]

Bespoke Botanical Cheese Hamper Competition

Enter for your chance to win a delicious & bespoke cheese hamper   Please note: this competition has now ended, but thank you to every one who entered, and congratulations to our winner – Alison Barker, of Walsall in the West Midlands.   Summer may feel like it’s on its way out, but here’s a […]