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.
A correspondent of The Journal of Horticulture, remarking that there are many gardens in or near cities, the cultivators of which have not the easy facilities of getting an abundance of serviceable sticks, to which to tie their pet plants, proposes a plant, the growing of which will solve the difficulty. It is of easy culture, and within the reach of most gardeners, and a great quantity can be grown in small space. The plant 1s a common one in most gardens, but not grown so much as it deserves. It is the Halesia, or Snow-drop tree which entwines our shrubberies with its beautiful snow-white drops in winter.
Procure plants or suckers; select a piece of ground; they are not particular as to soil, any out-of-the-way place will do, but a moist one will suit them best; plant them one foot apart, and cut them down to within two inches of the ground every autumn. If a few stronger sticks are wanted, leave the plants a winter without cutting, tie the shoots in bundles, and keep them in a dry place until wanted for use. If used green, as they emit roots so freely, they should be placed in a hot flue oven, or some such place, for a few hours.
The quantity a few plants will grow is astonishing, and the sticks will last two years, and I am sure they are unequalled for tying such plants as Achimenes, Mignonette, etc. If allowed to grow in the shrubberies, the plants are very ornamental; but when permitted to flower, and make large bushes, the quantity of shoots obtained is diminished considerably. Bees, too, are very fond of this plant, the flowers being numerous; and from them, the bees gather a great quantity of honey.
There are other plants, from which useful flower sticks may be taken; many varieties of hardy, deciduous, Spiraeas; varieties of Hypericum, or St. John Wort, Ligustrum, or Privet and Lilacs.