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.
Hyde Park is situated in the northern portion of the city and contains about fourteen acres. The trees are young and do not afford sufficient shade at present from the sweltering heat of the summer sun. A beautiful fountain of marble is erected in the centre of the grounds, and an extremely large basin surrounds it. Nymphaens are growing near the edges, the admiration of those familiar with them and a source of wonder to those who "can't see how leaves and flowers can grow on the top of water without roots".
At the bottom of a deep depression on one side of the park is a pond, and here is centred all the floral beauties of the place. Many grasses are growing, and conspicuous among them are the Gynerium argenteum and Erianthus Ra-vennae. The variegation of Arunda donax burns out badly in summer.
There is a perfect wilderness of roses. Many old varieties and some of the newer kinds are to be seen. Louis Philippe, Agrippina, Souvenir d'un ami, Malmaison, Duchess of Edinburgh and many others, vie with each other in the bounty of their bloom, but the queen of them all is that beautiful chaste rose "La France".
A bed composed of Plumbago capensis and Torenia Fourneiri superbum in bloom, attracted my attention by the exquisite blending of the colors. The lavender blue of the Plumbago intermingling with the brilliant darker blue of the Torenia is something worth remembering. Probably the shape of the flowers had also something to do with the illusion. Most growers are familiar with the little stove-house gem Torenia Asiatica, and its wonderful way of blooming with generous culture under glass. Just such a gem is Torenia Fourneiri in the open ground. Plumbago Larpentae used as an edging or border to a bed of Coleus, showed what a useful plant this is when placed in good company.
Manettia cordifolia an old greenhouse favorite, planted in the open ground and growing over rude trellises, was a mass of flowers early in July, a month or six weeks earlier than it generally blooms under pot culture. Another old favorite, Erythrina crista galli, rarely seen in gardens now, was brilliant with its queer shaped flowers. There is a large greenhouse in the park where the plants are kept over winter, and this may in a measure account for the mass of flowers to be seen here during the summer months.