This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Tasteful combinations of flowers and foliage that harmonize not only in color, but in form, are our chief aim in this work. Avoid mixtures of gaudy colors: if scarlet is the chief color, use no yellow shades, but rather choose white fur contrast. For example. just now the bold scarlet flowers of Val-lota are plentiful, so also are the lovely white flowers of Anemone Honorine Jobert; try them together, using the Vallota blooms singly for a, groundwork, out of which springs the white Anemone, also single, yet with the flowers gracefully clustering This is a charming mixture for a dinner-table, and serves to illustrate my meaning both in its application to form and color. In so treating a Marsh stand lately the Vallota flowers in the bottom saucer had a bold fringe of Fern fronds, a few small sprays of Maidenhair Fern rose among the mingled white and scarlet flowers, and around the glass stem was twined a spray of Selaginella caesia with the lovely bluish metallic hue, well developed partly bidden by tufts of half-opened Anemones, dried Quaking Grass, and a couple of leaves of Geranium pratense which clustered around the base. The same flowers were repeated in the tops with the addition of bold clusters of scarlet-flowered Begonia fuchsioides.
Had this stand been for a daylight decoration some spikes of single blue branching Larkspur might have been used with excellent effect. But blue never answers for lamp light, and is never used because it looks Mack, just as yellow becomes an unsightly shade of white under artificial light, and is. therefore, always avoided for dinner-table work. - Journal of Horticulture.