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.
Fig. xIx, is, as it will be seen, seventeen circles of various sizes, constructed on a parallelogram thirty feet long, by six wide. The center of circle a; 1, Thujapsis dolabrata variegata; four specimens Araucaria excelsa; and four specimens Agave rotundifolia glauca, bordered by Cineraria maritima, and Pentstemon Colvillii: 5, Tradsscantia discolor vittata, bordored by Maranta zebrina, and Cen-taurea candidissima; c, Tillandsia zebrina, bordered by Geranium Bijou, and Lamium aureum purpureum; d, Fuchsia Tom Thumb, bordered by A lternanthera versicolor; e, Fuchsia Sunray, bordered by Alternanthera versicolor, f, Coleus Verse haffeltii,the whole space between the circles; 1, to be filled with Koniga folia variegata, to grow free and bloom; 2, Caprosma Baueriana; and 3, Nertera depressa.
A Roccocco bed, thirty-four feet in diameter, should, if convenient, be placed where a view of it could be had from above, such as a balcony or piazza, when the designs will show to greatest advantage. The surface should be a gentle slope from the center to the surrounding walk, (including the grass border), and may be decorated as follows: 1, a specimen of Amar-anthus salicifoliua, and around it six or eight plants of Abutilon maculatum niveum aureum, bordered by Coleus Verschaffeltii; Chamapeuce Cassaboni; Geranium Happy Thought; and the border inclosing the four spaces 2 and 3; Thymus aureus; 2, Alternanthera versicolor; 3, A. amabile magnifica; 4, Centaurea candidissima; 5, Pyrethrum Parthenium aureum; 6, Geranium Prince of Wales (or any golden tricolor); between them as undergrowth, Verbena celestial blue; and bordered by Althernanthera amoena; 7, Geranium Mysterious Night (or any silver tricolor between); Viola cornuta Blue King, bordered by Alternanthera spatulata; 8 and 9, Lobelia Erinus Crystal Palace compacta, bordered by Hyssopus officinalis; 10, specimens of Chamapeuce diacantha, bordered by Pyretbrum, and the rings that open on the outer side to be laid with broken bricks; 11, specimens of Mesembryanthemum crystailinum, bordered by Alternanthera paronychioides, and the open rings to be laid with coal-dust; 12, Cerastium tomentosum, bordered by Alternanthera amoena; 13, Oxalis tropaeoloides, bordered by Pyrethrum; 14, to be laid with silver-sand; 15, is a two feet wide grass border, and so forth in many different sets on the same principles.
At the planting of those intended to form figures or ribbon in the carpet, the plants should be put together as close as can be afforded, to fill as soon as possible, and should, in fact, do so at once.
Having got our carpet beds planted, let us be attentive to the trimming of the plants. All that are to be level should be so as a table, but it requires care at every pinch; that all stumps be hidden by the foliage, and every figure kept in its intended shape, not allowing the foliage of two adjoining kinds to intermix with each other, nor allowing any openings whatever.