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.
Room gardening has progressed probably faster than many other branches of gardening. It is not necessary to have the tender things that require skillful greenhouse treatment. There are numberless green tilings which require little heat and are not afraid of shade, that will grow well in windows, and in their rugged health, are far preferable to elegant invalids so often petted to so little purpose.
Many kinds of annuals also come well into play; amongst other things, Phlox Drummondii, Sweet Alyssum, Collinsia bicolor, Schizanthuses, Mignonette, and Nemophila are essential.
Where many flowers are desired for bouquets in winter, a good stock of such as flower easily should be provided, especially of white-flowering kinds, without a good sprinkling of which a bouquet has but a very common-place look. Deutzia gracilis and D. scabra, Philadelphuses, and Tamarix are very good hardy plants to pot for Winter flowering. The Iberis sempervirens is also a splendid white to force for its white flowers. Lopezia rosea is nearly indispensable for giving a light, airy gracefulness to a bouquet; Camellias and Azaleas cannot possibly be done without.
Bulbs for flowering in pots should be planted at once. Four or five-inch pots are suitable. One Hyacinth and about three Tulips are sufficient for each. After potting, plunge the pots over their rims in sand under the green house stage, letting them remain there until the pots have become well filled with roots, before bringing them on to the shelves to force.
There are but few tilings in the greenhouse that will require special treatment at this time. Camellias and Azaleas, as they cease to grow, will require less water; but it is now so well known that moisture is favorable to growth, and comparative dryness favorable to flowering, that we need do no more than refer to the fact.