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.
Mr. A. Thorpe, Washington, D. C, writes : "I send you specimens from pot plants of Coleus, Gen. Garfield and Garland. We raised last year five or six hundred seedlings from seed furnished us by Mr. Neidman, and propagated about twenty-five varieties we thought specially good. The three we now advertise were particularly fine as pot plants through last winter, leaves of Mrs. Geddes grown on to an eight inch pot, often from ten to twelve inches long, and eight to ten wide, which, together with its great substance of leaf and beautiful colors, make it a very desirable plant. As a bedder it is very fine, standing full sun and shows well in a mixed bed where individual beauty is the object. General Garfield is not quite so large in the leaf, but looks exceedingly rich among other foliage plants; it will be sure to make a mark as a bedder, as it shows magnificently at a distance, and is extra fine at a short distance. Garland makes a fine pot plant, coloring up splendidly and looks well bedded. We have six more seedling bedders which we propose to send out in February or March, that are better than anything yet sent out in their color.
[The great value of Coleus, now that they have become so numerous, is in their ability to make good colors for massing with other things in the open ground. Single leaves will not decide this. All we can say is, that the leaves were very beautiful indeed, and the varieties will probably prove among the most desirable. - Ed. G. M].
"T.W.," New Albany, Ind., says: "Enclosed please find a leaf of our new Coleus, which is a sport of the Kentish Fire. We have kept it all summer, and find it good in every respect. It has not gone back in any instance. Also find a leaf of our new seedling Begonia. Will be glad to have your opinion".
[The Coleus is very good. Its value for bedding will have to be decided by competition with others already known. Begonias of the Welto-niensis class sometimes come with spotted leaves like those sent. - Ed. G. M].