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.
Seeing your correspondent's note on Hydrangea cuttings reminds me of a little bit of my own experience. I had occasion to cut down a large pink Lagerstrcemia, and sawing off the larger branches, set them in the earth to be used as bean-poles. The Lima beans were planted all around the posts, shading the ground thoroughly. I was surprised to find the following spring that every pole was throwing up thrifty young shoots; they bloomed when two feet high, and suggested the thought that a hedge made of the different colors would be very pretty.
It may not be generally known that Rhyncos-permum jasminoides is hardy in this climate. I have one trained over the doorway, on the north side of the house, which has been out four winters, and has been, for several weeks, covered with its lovely white blossoms. It is an object of universal admiration.