This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The novelty Abutilon Firefly, of which I gave a description in the August Monthly, has grown from a tiny plant of four inches to a height of twenty-six inches, two stalks with several collateral branches, and these are full of buds, forty clearly developed, and evidences of others so apparent that I may safely expect at least fifty. I can but look with great interest at the flowering of a plant which is a cross between an Abutilon and a Hibiscus.
When we feel especially pleased with any new plant, i. e., new to us, we want to tell others about it, so that they may add it sometime to their collection. Three months ago I had sent me from Washington a tiny Torenia Fournieri superbens. It is now only about four inches in height, has half a dozen branches, and for two months has bloomed profusely. It is constantly full of buds and flowers, sky blue, with rich, dark, purplish-blue spots on edge of petals, orange spots on one, and yellow throat. It is admirable either for a pot plant or open border. T. Asiatica is similar, flower darker, and the plant has more of a slender and spreading habit - not so free a bloomer. They grow readily from seed and bloom the first year.
My Bouvardia Humboldtii is now in the fullness of its beauty. Height, three feet; a mass of stalks and branches full of buds, and exquisitely pure white, fragrant flowers; borne in trusses; their tubers are three inches in length; continues in bloom a long time. It is quite rare. I have no trouble in keeping it in the cellar during the winter. The great novelty, double white Bouvardia, Alfred Neuner, is lovely, with its three rows of waxy petals, resembling a miniature tuberose.
A fine new plant, with rich and varied tints, is quite a valuable addition to my ornamental foliage plants. Like most of the Washington collection, it has a hard name, Phyllanthus rosea pictum. No two leaves show the same tints. Some are bright crimson, some are dark green, some cream color, tinged with a delicate blush; others have a bronzy hue, shaded with crimson; some are dark green, with blotches and spots of rose white; others are tri-colored.
Philodendron Lindeniannm has leaves of a delicate, satiny green, shaded with metallic olive color on the upper surface. The under part is plate green, ornamented with bands of maroon. On the young leaves these dark bands penetrate through to the upper surface, giving the coloring a very striking effect.
A deciduous shrub proves to be a very attractive one - Dimorphanthus Mandchuricus. Its multiplied leaves grow to a yard in length and about as much in breadth, and are very handsome. When mine came packed in a box with many other plants it had two leaves about three inches in length; they now measure twenty-three and twenty in breadth, with others from ten to fifteen. It is a native of Mandchuria and therefore perfectly hardy.