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.
Salisburia has not taken its proper place in decorative art. Mr. Parsons in Harpers' gave a first appeal to its value as a vine - more properly as a plant, to cover a house, in most respects superior to any deciduous climber; or rather, with a little help, an adornment for the outside of a house. Fifty years ago I began its treatment as a runner and carried it around a space of some two hundred feet in a circle, the ends meeting at the original point. Since then I have trained a tree to the height of a large cottage in my garden, at Germantown, with side branches running on the wall to the entrance. It attracts more attention from its novelty of appearance than anything I ever planted.
The Sophora Japonica pendula as a creeper has no rival. The difficulty seems to be to get them grafted sufficiently high, as that makes them dear and costly to transport; but no collection should be without a specimen of this curiously contorted small tree.
The Weeping Beech is not sufficiently patronized. Nothing in my grounds is more interesting, while the Parsons' tree at Flushing is simply grand and surprising. In selecting a specimen to plant, see that it is furnished on every side.
The Yucca as a hedge is wonderfully attractive. Get, if you can, the scarcer gloriosa, etc.; but filamentosa, etc, will do for July blooming. The gloriosa blooms in the fall.
The, Clematis as I write is in full bloom, and beautiful are almost all the sorts. A learned friend, however, objects to the race because of their short continuance of bloom, and is he not right?
The Hydrangea paniculata and other new varieties, the writer still believes are the best late introductions for the garden, especially for the country cottage and farm house. The bloom comes just when it is wanted, while other bloom is gone.