This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The double flowering garland,Tabernasmontana, Tabernaemontana coronria fl. pl. is a very handsome evergreen stove shrub belonging to the natural order Apocynaceas. It is a stove shrub attaining a height of from two to five feet, with grey bark and opposite oblong lanceolate thin glossy deep green leaves, producing its sweet scented double white flowers in axillary peduncles, two to four flowers being clustered together. The flowers are very useful for cut flower work as they are of a pure white color, while the fragrance is delicate and delicious. It is a native of the East Indies, from whence it was introduced in 1770, but is now much less known than its merits entitle it to be, for if properly cultivated it will flower several times during the year. It thrives best in a compost of two-thirds turfy loam and one-third leaf mould well mixed; be very careful not to over-pot the plant, and see that the drainage is perfect at all times. It also requires an average temperature of 6o° during the winter, and also a light sunny situation. During the summer season it does best when planted out in a well enriched deep border, in a partially shaded situation, care being taken to keep it well supplied with water and free from insect pests.
When grown in the house it is unfortunately very subject to the attacks of many troublesome insect pests, such as scale, mealy bug and red spider; so that in order to keep these pests in subjection and the plants in a thriving condition, it should be frequently sponged with whale oil soap and water, and frequent syringings are also necessary to keep the plants in a healthy condition. Propagation is effected by cuttings of the ripened wood placed in sand in gentle heat. Unfortunately the plant is of very slow growth, and it will take several years before one can obtain a nice specimen, and on this account it will probably never be extensively cultivated; but I think that if our amateur cultivators will only give this plant fair treatment, they would not readily part with their specimens, even if they are small ones. Queens, N. V.