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.
Containing descriptions, native countries, etc, of a selection of the best species in cultivation, with cultural details, etc, based on the French work of Messrs Decaisne & Naudin, including the original woodcuts by Rivereux and Le-blanc. By W. B. Helmsley, formerly assistant at the Herbarium of the Royal Gardens, Kew. Longmans, Green, & Co. A work extending to 645 pages, 554 of which is devoted to the first part of its contents - viz., a botanical description, etc, of hardy trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants, arranged according to the natural system, and the remainder of the volume is devoted to practical gardening. The latter part of the work we need scarcely say is very compendious, and is a branch for which the author's training has evidently not fitted him so thoroughly as for the work undertaken in the first part of the volume. It will be easily conceived, from the title of the volume, that the author has had a very extensive range from which to make a selection most suitable for popular culture; and although the volume is a large one, we do not think that he has erred on the side of being too comprehensive; in fact we consider the selection is not so extensive in its range as is desirable.
Each genera and species is briefly but comprehensively described botanically, and the origin of the generic name is in most cases explained - an interesting feature in such a work. It is illustrated by hundreds of well-executed woodcuts. Altogether this is a work that we commend to all who are desirous of becoming acquainted with a selection of hardy plants. We hope the author will carry out his intention of doing for tender plants what he has here done so well for hardy ones.