This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In Germany the arrangement of bedding plants is very neat. At the numerous villas in the vicinity of Hamburg there are some very good ribbon and carpet beds to be seen, the style being light, and not so sharp, geometrically, as that of the English. In the gardens at Paris are some splendid ones, especially in the Jardin de Luxembourg, Jardin des Plantes, Jardin des Tuileries, Pare de Monceaux, Souare des Buttes Chaumont, and Champs Elysees,etc. In France there is in some places an excavation dug out, on which bottom the so-called carpet beds are arranged, in order to obtain a view of them from above, while in the parks of London the beds are often raised a few inches, in order to make them show distinct above the grass lawn, and both methods look well.
In designing, there is hardly any limit for variation, but it must always be kept in view to join one sort to another of greatest difference in color, the principles being about the same as in bouquet making. I beg leave to give a few illustrations, with description of arrangement, leaving it to your individual consideration.
The beds to lay three to five feet from the walks, should be quite flat, with sharp sloping edges or sides, on which should be planted Echeverias, Sempervivums, Sedums, etc. After the planting of the two first mentioned, a coat of clay and soil made up into a thick mortar to be given around the plants, to prevent the soil from being carried away from the roots, or the breaking of the edge, by the rain, or watering, will be found very beneficial.
1, Alternanthera amabile latifolia; 2, Alternanthera versicolor; 3, Pyrethrum parthenifolium aureum ; 4, Alternanthera amoena; 5 (the sides), Sempervivum calcara-tum.*
Ten feet in diameter, is an exception, intended to have an even slope from the center, which is supposed to lay one foot above the lawn. The center, 1, is Coleus Emperor Napoleon; 2, Santolina incana; 3, Pyrethrum parthenifolium; 4, Alternanthera versicolor; 5,Eche-veria secunda glauca; 6, Alternanthera paronychioides; 7 and 8, Mesembryanthemum cordi-folium variegatum; 9,Sempervivum Californicum.
Twenty-four feet long by eight wide.
1, Agave Americana folia, variegatum (single specimens in the center of all the circles); 2, Echeveria macrophylla; 3, Pachyphytum brac-teosum; 4, Sempervivnm ciliare; 5, Sedum glaucum; 6, S. acre elegans; 7, S. speotabile roseum ; 8, Leucophyton Brownii; 9, Pyrethrum parthenifolium aureum ; 10, Alternanthera paronychioides; 11, Leucophyton Brownii; 12, Achillea umbellata; 13,Hutehinsia alpina: 14, Mesembryanthemum cordifolium variegatum; the dots that will be noticed on the same border are single specimens of Echeveria metallica, and Sempervivum Donckelaeri, or anything similar will do ; 15, Alternanthera amoena ; and 16, Echeveria secunda.
*(The outer circle or border will always represent the sides.) The circles, in the center, a specimen of Sedum elegans pic-tum; around them Alternanthera magnifica, to Pyrethrum, Alternanthera versicolor, and Sedum acre.
Supposed to be ten feet in diameter. 1, Yucca filamentosa fol. var. Around the specimen to cover the ground, Sedum acre, then a circle of Aloes, and another of Pyre thrum; 2, Alternanthera paronychioides, bordered by Pyrethrum; 3, Leucophyton Brownii; 4, Alternanthera versicolor, bordered by Pyrethrum ; 5, Alternanthera amoena, also bordered by Pyrethrum; and 6, Sempervivum montanum. 1, are small specimens of Agave Americana variegata; 2, Echeveria sanguinea glauca; 3, Hutchinsia Alpina; 4, Mesembryanthemum.
Twenty-four feet long by eight wide, cordifolium variegatum; 5, Alternanthera versicolor; 6, Leucophyton Brownii; 7, Pyrethrum; 8, Ajuga reptans rubra; 9, Veronica Candida; 10, Alternanthera paronychioides; Echeveria pumila.
Of ten feet diameter. 1, a specimen of Yucca filamentosa; 2, Pyrethrum; 3, Oxalis tropreoloides; 4, Alternanthera mag-nifica; 5, Alternanthera spectabile; 6, Sedum acre; 7, Lobelia Crystal Palace; 8, Cuphea platycentra; 9, Cerastium tomentosum ; and 10, Sempervivum Californicum.