This section is from the book "The Florist And Garden Miscellany". Also see: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!.
Verbenas treated in the manner I will now attempt to describe make showy little masses, suitable for the sides of the tables or stands of show- rooms; so that this beautiful flower may be made to minister as much to the gaiety of an exhibition as Achimenes and similar plants. My mode of treatment is very simple, but it is none the worse for that.
I use seed-pans in preference to pots, measuring usually about eleven or twelve inches across, and about four deep. For the framework to train on, I get pieces of wire, of small size, so as to be as invisible as possible, and about twenty-two inches long, two for a pan; I then bend one of them, at equal distances (say three inches) from each end, in order to form legs. To the other I give four inches of leg at one end and two at the other; I then get pieces of tin about an inch long, and half that in width, fixed to the ends of the crossed wires to act as feet to rest on the rim of the pan; the two wires are fixed where they intersect each other in the middle; and a slight elevation being given to that part, the framework is complete. Upon this I place other pieces of wire, formed into circles - say, one, two, or three, as the case may be. A Verbena trained on this wire-frame forms a beautiful little miniature bed. It will be perceived that the legs are made of three different lengths, the two side ones being the same length back and front as two is to four; this brings the whole mass more into view.
It must be borne in mind that the legs require to be bent inwards, as the frame ought to project nearly two inches over the sides of the pan in every part.
This frame-work, I conceive, might be judiciously employed for a number of other plants, - Achimenes longiflora and patens, for instance, look beautiful so treated; and I have no doubt Torenia Asiatica in a pan not so wide as those I employ for Verbenas, would do admirably, as well as Tetratheca verticillata, and many other plants.