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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dvantage in our country. Looking round the London parks we see much waste in trying toget effects of form from Palms and various tender plants, strewn in alldirections in Hyde Park, often dotted about without good judgment,and marring the foreground of scenes that might be pretty. Wherethis is done there is rarely any attempt to get effects of fine formfrom hardy trees, shrubs, and plants, which is a much simpler andeasier process than building costly glasshouses to get them. For our gardens, the first thing is to look for plants that arehappy in our climate, and to accustom ourselves to the idea thatform may be as beautiful from hardy as from tender things. Manytropical plants, which we see in houses cut down close and keptsmall, would, if freely grown in the open air in their own country, beno more striking in leaf than the hardy Plane or Aliantus. Manyplants that are quite hardy give fine effects, such as the Aralias,herbaceous and shrubby. Aristolochia among climbers ; Arundo, Q 2
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Pampas Grass in a Sussex garden (Chichester). BEAUTY OF FORM IN THE FLOWER GARDEN. hardy and very pretty beside water ; Astilbes, rough herbaceousplants which can be put anywhere almost; the hardy Bamboos ofJapan and India, which are increasing in number, and are verydistinct and charming, and often rapid growers in genial parts ofthe country, especially near the sea. A considerable number willprobably be found hardy everywhere. The large leaved evergreenBarberries are beautiful in peat soils, and, grouped in picturesquewaySj effective for their noble leaves as well as flowers. The Plume Poppy (Bocconia) is handsome for its foliage andflowers, even in ordinary soil. A great number of the larger hardyCompositae (Helianthus Silphium, Senecio, Telekia, Rudbeckia) arefine in leaf, as are some of the Cotton Thistles and plants of that family.The common Artichoke of our gardens and its allies are fine in formof leaf and flower, but apt to be cut off in hard winters in some soils.The Giant F
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