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.
Your "Seasonable Hints" in January number as to the lack of variety in gardens and ornamental grounds are well timed, and they are suggestive of what may be accomplished towards a more cultivated taste in such matters.
There is scarcely a section of country where a good collection of native plants from the woods may not be found to help out the shrubbery. But then people don't know this generally, and it suits but few to go out and hunt for these things. They must of necessity depend in a great measure upon what dealers offer. On the other hand the nurseryman must, as a matter of prudence, confine his attention to what the purchasers want. He cannot risk the expense of any great variety of unmarketable goods. Between these two horns of the dilemma, many of our fine native plants are neglected. But there is fashion in gardening, as in everything else, and a growing interest in our native resources is already at work, and eventually demand and supply will adjust themselves.
I have at different times introduced many fine things from the woods, such as could be easily got, and they have been admired as novelties. I may mention among others, the following: The Calico bush, (Kalmia latifolia), the Flaming Azalea (A. calendulacea), the Sorrel Tree (Oxydendron arboreum), Clethra tomentosa, Robinia hispida, Yucca filamentosa, Pinus inops, Callicarpa Americana etc. Among climbers, our native Lonicera sempervirens, with its scarlet flowers, is quite attractive, and the smilax with evergreen leaves, gives a rich foliage through the winter.