This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
We have several times called attention to the great beauty of the large-leaved herbaceous plants, when set out as specimens on the lawn or worked in with shrubs or trees, even in massing. The common garden rhubarb is rather coarse as an ornamental plant, though striking when in full flower ; but there are some species not used as esculents, that have greater elements of beauty. Haage& Schmidt, of Erfurt, have introduced two that are particularly beautiful, and of which we give illustrations here. One, Rheum officinale, has an additional interest in this, that it is the species from which the medicinal rhubarb root is prepared. The Rheum ribes is so called probably from the resemblance of its panicle of fruit to bunches of currants or Ribes, is partioularly ornamental by reason of its leaves as well as flowers and fruit. The old Acanthus of the poets is another very pretty leaf plant for single specimens on lawns.