This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The landscape gardener has in his mind a beautiful picture of the future, and he plants accordingly. The little scattered trees and bushes are put where they will work admirably fifty years hence. It is not surprising that proprietors are often dissatisfied with the best work of the landscape gardener. They cannot see as the landscape gardener sees. They want results now, and not merely to please their future grand-children. It is well enough to have these future thickets and groups outlined by a dozen or two of trees, but why not fill in thickly with commoner things so as to have results now? Thus thought the writer as he passed a pretty circle of evergreens on the level lawns fronting the office of Hoopes Bro. & Thomas, at Westchester, recently. A few score of dwarf evergreens made at once a handsome clump of green on a field of snow. The average planter would have had a half dozen plants scattered a dozen yards or so apart, because sometime in 1880 they would perhaps touch each other. "We pass continually these weak conclusions.
The little "clumps" near gate-ways will look like clumps some-day; but why not have them now? It is as easy to have the perfect body as these ugly skeletons lying around.
M. Andre, who visited Philadelphia during the Centennial, and has studied gardening all over the world, has just issued in French an admirable work on landscape gardening. He makes a point which those who have observed must often have reflected on, that a beautiful plan on paper is often ridiculous when carried out - from the different plane from which the lines are observed. We have seen some delightful grounds which would be thought horrid on a plan.