This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
I note with pleasure reference to this most interesting family by your correspondent (page 245), and it has often occurred to me that its several members have been too little known and appreciated by lovers of flowers.
In addition to the species mentioned by her, I would call attention to two or three others equally beautiful, and perfectly hardy in the same latitude (Virginia).
First, I find a variety of a variegata, described by Wood as nivea, pure white, blooms in the early summer, exceedingly beautiful, and worthy a place in your " Wild Flowers of America.' Then later in the season .comes A. amplexicau-lis, distinct in color and style of growth from the former, but about the same height, two feet. Both of these are indigenous to seaboard Virginia.
A third, far surpassing these, is the delicate A. perennis (A. parvifolia), not wild, but cultivated in borders here, a perfect little gem, half shrubby, a good grower, perpetual bloomer, perfectly hardy and covered the whole season with a succession of dainty clusters of pearly white flowers; both flowers and foliage so light and fairy-like, one would not imagine it belonged to the usually clumsy milk-weed family. When given sufficient space it branches freely, and the bushy shrub is soon covered at the extremity of each shoot with the delicate white clusters. It readily grows from cuttings.
The old A. curassavica, a native of Florida, is also seen in gardens. It is not hardy with us nor of as compact growth as A. tuberosa, but more brilliant. In leaf and growth it much resembles the oleander, and is worthy more general cultivation.
When opportunity offers, I wish to say a word about two other valuable plants for summer blooming in this section, Plumbago capensis and Jasminum grandiflora.