Title: The English flower garden and home grounds : design and arrangement shown by existing examples of gardens in Great Britain and Ireland, followed by a description of the plants, shrubs and trees for the open-air garden and their culture
Year: 1906 (1900s)
Authors: Robinson, W. (William), 1838-1935
Subjects: Flower gardening Plants, Ornamental Cottage gardening Gardens
Publisher: London : J. Murray
Contributing Library: The LuEsther T Mertz Library, the New York Botanical Garden
Digitizing Sponsor: The LuEsther T Mertz Library, the New York Botanical Garden
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r ofscores of men with shears is to miserably waste both time and moneywhere there is so much of the country to be planted with beautifultrees. Where, as often in the French towns, there is much clipping,the waste of labour is as appalling as the result is hideous. The Maze is an inheritance from a past time, but not a preciousone, being one of the notions about gardening which arose whenpeople had very little idea of the dignity and infinite beauty of thegarden flora as we now know it. Some people may be wealthyenough to show us all the beauty of a garden and at the same timesuch ugly frivolities as this, but they must be few. The maze is notpretty as part of a home landscape or garden, and should be leftfor the most part to places of the public tea-garden kind. One of itsdrawbacks is the death and distortion of the evergreens that go toform its close lines, owing to the frequent clipping ; if clipping beneglected the end is still worse, and the whole thing is soon readyfor the fire.
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CHAPTER XXXI. AIR AND SHADE. The glorious sun of heaven, giver of life and joy to the earth,gives, too, the green fountains of life we call trees to shade her, andthis beautiful provision might often be borne in mind in thinking ofour often hard and bare gardens ! Air and shade, as we cannot,near houses in hot weather, enjoy the shade without free air, and shademay be often misused to cultivate mouldiness and keep the breezeaway from a house, though it is very easy to have air and shade in ahealthy way. To overshade the house itself with trees is always amistake, and sometimes a danger, though even against a house, by theuse of climbers, like Vines, pretty creeper-clad pergola, and by thewise use of rooms open to the air, creeper-shaded, flat spots on roofs,so often seen in Italy and France, it is easy to have welcome shadeeven forming part, as it were, of the house. VVe have the gain,too, of the grace and bloom of the climbers, from climbing TeaRoses to Wistaria, and we get rid of th
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