This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The plan of first training a Wistaria up a stake for a couple of years, and then taking away the stake and compelling it to be self-supporting, has been urged at various times during the past twenty years in the Gardener's Monthly, and some of the nurserymen about Philadelphia have acted on the plan, and some of the specimens are now in great beauty about the gardens there. We see that the idea has travelled to Europe now, and the Gardener's Chronicle thus speaks of it: 'One of the leading features in the floral arrangements at the opening of the premises of the general Horticultural Company (John Wills) Limited, at Warwick House, Regent Street, on Monday last, was some very fine specimens of Wistaria sinensis growing in tubs as standards, with large heads 5 to 6 feet in diameter, densely covered with heads of bloom of fine color. These plants were obtained from Rouen, and it is supposed they are from thirty-five to forty-five years of age at least, and were originally grown up from cuttings. As decorative agents in spacious conservatories at this season of the year they can scarcely be surpassed, and some of our English nurserymen would do well to attempt the culture of plants of this character.
So completely did they strike the popular taste that there was quite a competition to become purchasers of them, and large sums were offered by those anxious to possess them. The general public, unaccustomed to this fine Chinese climber, looked on with wonder at ' lilacs' of such unwonted size and beauty of color. Time is requh-ed to get good heads to such plants, but when obtained their beauty is above praise and their value great".