This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
With beautiful Italian gardens, a very picturesque lake and fountains, lawn, garden, and fruit houses, there is nothing left forgotten or untried in landscape decoration here. In a small portion of the ground is a little series of flower gardens surrounded by a fine hedge. Within the space, two very fine flower beds attracted our notice. The first was a very large Ribbon Bed, or Border, planted as follows:
3. Mountain of Snow Geranium,
5. General Grant Geranium,
The contrast of colors, white, blue, scarlet, green and red, make a brilliant picture.
The second bed was, perhaps, ten by fifteen, slightly raised, and planted entirely with "succulents" - Echeveria metallica, with space occasionally interspersed containing agaves and yuccas.
We may at another occasion say something of the other departments of ornamental gardening, as practiced near " The Hub."