This section is from the book "The Gardener V2", 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.
By William Robinson. John Murray, Albermarle Street, London. Another volume of some 250 pages from the busy pen of Mr Robinson. He has long waged a furious war against the popular system of bedding-plants in flower-gardening; and while we think he has been too indiscriminate at times in doing so, we at the same time agree with him and many others that beauty of form has not been sufficiently studied in decorative gardens; and in this volume he has amplified and illustrated what many practical men have been successfully working out for some years. The first part of the work is devoted to the general principles of mingling plants with graceful foliage among and along with the gayer flowers; but the latter and greater part of it is taken up with practical notes, descriptive and cultural, on the many plants suitable for subtropical gardening, and is illustrated with numerous engravings of what may be considered representative plants. They cannot fail to be useful to those who are wishful to become acquainted with the numerous plants suitable for this style of gardening, and the various ways of arranging them. We do not, however, admire the sneering way in which the author speaks of Mr Gibson's labours at Batterseain this particular department of gardening.
Mr Gibson has done more by example to inculcate the best manner of subtropical decorations in a few years, than a mere writer on the subject is likely to do in a lifetime.