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.
As the season of beautiful flowers - in the flower-garden at least - is drawing to a close, it is perhaps a good time to communicate anything new or interesting to the Gardener's Monthly, so that each may have the experience of many. In a visit recently paid to Carrollton - of Charles Carroll fame - the country-seat of Jno. Lee Carroll, present Governor of Maryland, the writer was very favorably impressed with the style of ornamentation in use at this place. A liberal use is made of flowering-shrubs, pseonia, etc, which commencing to flower in Spring carry the bloom till the bedding plants proper are in full vigor. I would here remark, however, that a freer use of choice evergreen shrubs would greatly add to the beauty of the place - a matter, doubtless, which the present gardener, Mr. Flit-ton, a man of great experience and superior knowledge in the profession, will attend to. But to the heading proper. The first pair of oval beds, looking from the porch, are Abutilon Thompsonii, kept in the centre at about eighteen inches, graduating to edge, edged with Achyranthus Gilsonii. Continuing on beyond some intervening beds, we come to two long, irregular beds, edged in front with Alter-nanthera paronychoides, clumped with Coleus of the finest varieties - grand in luxuriance and coloring - backed with fine plants of Plumbago capensis. with its profusion of light blue flowers, showing splendidly above the Coleus. Again, beyond these, at the extreme limits of the flower-garden, are two circular beds filled with Plumbago and Achyranthus, and edged with a double row of oak-leaved and scarlet Geraniums; looked at from the porch, they have the appearance of the most perfect bouquets; the graceful outline and perfect blending of colors is something remarkable.
This may not be a new idea to some, but it is novel to the writer; and I think the effect of Plumbago capensis, with its profusion of light blue delicate bloom amongst and above so much rich coloring must be seen to be appreciated. One other little matter of attraction consisted of two beds of scarlet Salvia, the plants about not over 18 inches in height, liberally covered with long spikes of intense scarlet flowers, so distinct in habit, and so superior to other beds of Salvia splendens, in the same garden, that I am induced to ask, is it an improvement? Perhaps Mr. F. will inform the readers of the Monthly, he not being at home on my visit.