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.
This gentleman, well known by his former connection with Central Park, and one of the most intelligent gardeners in America, has just concluded a series of admirable articles in the Pen and Plow on " Floral Decorations." In regard to the form of flowerbeds he gives this good advice:
"We will now ask an important question. Which is the best and most advisable form of flower beds for all kinds of gardens? This question could be easily answered if fashion, human desires and caprice, could always be ruled or governed by good taste. In compliance with good taste, the oval form for flower beds seems to have been adopted, but it will be wrong to use this form as a rule. When used too freely and too frequently its sameness defeats the object in view; for there are also other good forms. In gardens laid out in geometrical style, the form of the flower beds should correspond with the style of the garden itself, as well as harmonize with the buildings, and other structures, such as bridges, terraces, fountains, statues, etc. For parterres a composition of Arabesques, or a large circular form of rosettes, with its divisions, allowing a variety of single groups as a display of flowers, may be used with the greatest success. In small gardens, only a few beds of a simple shape are to be recommended, as ovals, circlets, reniform, or trifolium-shaped beds."