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.
So varied and beautiful are the floral characters of this plant, that I fear all tastes will not unite on a dozen; very few, comparatively, of the new and imaginary beautiful kinds, are placed among what I call standards.
1. Alba pleno, the old double white.
1. Candadissima, pure white; desirable for its late blooming properties.
2. Elegans (Chandler's), very large, irregular flower; dark rose, interior petals white. 1. Fimeriiata, fringed white.
1. Imericata, crimson, spotted with white.
1. Ladies' Blush, beautiful blush; plant of rather loose habit.
3. Landrethil beautiful pink; requires rich culture. 3. LOWIL, dark crimson.
3. Mrs. Cope, rose white, spotted with pink.
2. Queen of Flowers, very handsome form; rosy crimson.
3. Sarah Frost, crimson; one of the earliest bloomers - first rate in all its parts. 3: WILDRIL, rosy pink; exquisite form.
No. 1 are Chinese sorts, No. 2 are English, and No. 3 are American.