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.
The English people never seem to tire of new Crotons. They are among the gayest of their hothouse plants. In our country there is the additional advantage that they thrive admirably in the open air during the summer season. No one has yet thought to have beds of the different varieties, as we have of coleus, but such a bed would be charming if judiciously arranged. We give with this one of the newest, an introduction of Messrs. J. Veitch & Sons, of Chelsea, near London. It is thus described: A very fine and distinct broad-leaved variety of dense habit and with recurved foliage far superior to the well-known Croton Volutus. The midribs and veins, which are crimson bordered with yellow, are much sunk, giving the upper surface of the leaves a ridged and waved appearance. The variegation is well-marked and the contrast of the different tints to the deep olive green ground color is very pleasing.