This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In the September number of the Gardner's Monthly, page 282, I notice TV. G's remarks on Ligustrums, and that he refers to Messrs. Parsons & Son's classification. On reference to the catalogue of Ornamental Trees of Parsons & Sons Co., for 1879, page 14, I notice that L. japonicum and L. ibota variegata are classed as half hardy plants, but are marked with a cross, the cross signifying that they may be wintered safely in the open ground by covering; and in Parsons & Sons' catalogue of New and Rare Plants for 1879, page 11, L. coriaceum, L. ibota and L. ibota variegata, are classed as half hardy plants.
Of the Ligustrums, I have only tried L. japonicum as a hardy plant, and while I have been successful in getting it to live during a moderate winter, by being well protected, still the result has been anything but satisfactory to me. The plants always came out in the Spring about half dead, and after the dead parts were cut off, the plants became so ill shaped that they had to be destroyed. I do not think that I shall try it as a half hardy plant again.
I do not understand Messrs. Parsons & Sons' classification of L. ibota and L. ibota variegata. but presume they are about as hardy as L. japonicum. Now Messrs. Parsons & Sons will confer a favor on many of your readers, if they will give through the Monthly, their method of covering the Ligustrums and how their condition is in the Spring.
I also notice in Parsons & Sons' catalogue that Acacia lopantha is described as a half hardy plant. Have you or any of your readers had any experience with it in this respect ?
Will some of the readers of the Monthly give their experience with the Belle de Chatenay Violet ? Is it the best white variety ?