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.
Those who have traveled through the Alleghanies, and have noted how beautiful is this plant in its wild locations, must have sometimes wondered why such excellent material was seldom made to do tribute to the ornamentation of gardens. Though so old a plant, it appears to have been neglected in England, where they are ever alive to cultivate anything that may make a garden attractive. A recent Gardener's Chronical says:
"At a recent horticultural exhibition at Tiverton, a fine specimen of this vigorous and handsome perennial, with a grand head of bloom, lifted from the open ground, put into a pot, and made the central figure in a large group of plants furnished by Mr. Robert T. Veitch, nurseryman, Exeter, was a subject of wonderment among many of the Devonians. They thought it was something new because unaccustomed to see it. A neighbor who has great fondness for Spiraeas grows Aruncus, Filipendula, palmata, Ulmaria, venusta, and others in pots,giving them about two inches of drainage, and in summer stands them out-of-doors in capacious saucers holding about one inch depth of water. In this way they do remarkably well, and carry fine and luxuriant heads of bloom. They are watered in the usual way daily; but as the cultivator has to go from home for some twelve hours, the plants are treated as above, in order that they should not suffer for the want of water on the surface. The variegated form of S. Ulmaria is very fine and effective grown in pots in this way.