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.
F. B., Baltimore, asks: "Would you recommend a Stephanotus for a back wall of a conservatory ? I see it recommended in a paragraph copied from an English paper. Will it do as well here as in English greenhouses? I have room for one good plant".
[The Stephanotus does not flower well till it has reached the top of its support, and has made some pendant branches, from which it flowers. It is a nice sweet thing, but hardly adapted to a back wall. In our country it is difficult to keep plants on back walls clear of insects. The Stephanotus is particularly sought for by the mealybug. We should prefer for your wall some Scarlet Geraniums or Heliotrope as they are more free from insects, and look gay all Winter. - Ed- G. M].