This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
I have been much interested in looking over our friend Hoopes' selection of ornamental trees, etc. Although I regard his selection as a very good one, and his opinion and experience as of the first importance, yet I think a few more additions might be safely made.
I would add to his list of twelve deciduous trees of large size as very choice, Weir's cut. leaved Maple, very beautiful; laciniata or eagle's claw; and gold-leaved Maple, both very fine, and also purpurea. To his twelve medium sized trees I would add Betula laciniata pendula, and Alnus imperialis laciniatus pendula, both good and distinct; Glyptostrobus sinensis pendula, perfectly hardy here and nothing more beautiful, Kilmar-noch Weeping Willow - grafted high - and Salis-buria variegata, which is much more charming than the common variety. I would add to his twelve small sized deciduous trees, Exochorda grandiflora and a variety of Althaeas, blooming as they do so late in the season; and by all means Hydrangea paniculata grandiflora, if thought large enough to come into this class. For twelve conifers of large and medium size, let me put first, Picea Parsonsiana as the most beautiful and faultless of all. My largest specimen is eleven feet high, and has proven hardier than the famed Nordmanniana, which is frequently browned and has even had its leader killed by severe weather. I fully endorse all Mr. Parsons says of its beauty and am glad to find Prof. Sargent speaks of it in high terms. Pinus excelsa all should have for its great beauty.
Abies Canadensis macrophylla, I should judge, will never make more than a moderate sized tree; it is much more beautiful than the common variety, having leave of a dark green, and it is more hardy. It is one of the very best and should be better known.
When we come to small sized evergreens we must not forget Juniperus glauca, from Japan, beautiful and hardy, also J. glauca Americana, and J. viridis pendula. The J. drupacea aurea does very well with me, but I fail to see how it differs from J. Japonica. I have three distinct kinds of variegated forms, all entirely hardy.
Biota semper-aurea is with me the very best of its class - it has stood out for four years. It is of spherical form and of the brightest yellow color, and is more beautiful than elegantissima, and holds its color better in winter than any other. You could pass it every day for months, and see some new beauty in it every time. Louis Van Houtte, of Ghent, speaks in the highest terms of this little gem. Buxus latifolia, B. glauca, B. aurea variegata and longifolia should be in every collection. So should Cephalotaxus Fortuni, which is the only thing of the Yew family thai has succeeded here. Picea Numidica and P. cili-cica are two comparatively new Firs, and should they prove hardy, will stand in the front rank, particularly the former. I have great hopes of this, and of P. amabilis. We all have our pets, and these are mine.