This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
This is a great acquisition, being of a dwarfer growth than many of the older sorts. The leaves are from 12 to 15 inches long, about 4 inches wide, dark bronzy colour. When set in silver or gold vases it is very effective.
This is a stronger grower than the preceding, the leaves being more erect - near 2 feet long, and 8 inches broad. When young, the leaves are a bronze colour, changing as they get older to a darker shade. It is a first-rate variety.
Very dwarf, but stiff and robust in habit. The leaves about 18 inches long, 3 inches broad, of a dark-bronzy hue, with a metallic gloss over it. This in candle-light is one of the most effective of them all for table decoration. Being dwarf and compact, it can be grown in quantity in little space. It should be in every collection.
This, although not new, deserves a place where variety is wanted. When fully exposed to the sun, and a little aged, there is a stripe of creamy-white the entire length of the leaf, getting a rosy tint at the edge.