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.
The beautiful verbena has become of so much importance as to enlist the entire care of an extensive gardener. Dexter Snow, of Chicopee, Mass., devotes himself exclusively to the cultivation of this beautiful bedding plant, and has sent us a catalogue embracing over 200 varieties; these he will forward by mail to applicants in the Eastern or Middle States, or by railroad, where a quantity is required, to these or more distant places. For the catalogue inclose a stamp.
Mr. Snow says many persons fail in the cultivation of the verbena. The requisites are that the plants be young, strong, and healthy. They must have a full exposure to the sun, from sunrise till sunset, for they will not thrive in the shade. The soil should be light and deep loam, leaf mould from the woods (or well rotted chip dirt), and fine white or silver sand. An occasional watering with liquid manure, made by dissolving one lb. of guano in ten gallons of water (letting it stand twenty-four hours before using), once a week, will be found beneficial. The soil should be kept loose about them, and well worked.
Mr. Snow's is the only catalogue in the world devoted exclusively to verbenas, and is a curiosity. This collection must be well worthy of a visit. Most verbenas have a tendency to grow upright instead of the true form, a dwarf, with close spreading habit, broad segment of petal, well defined eye, and good foliage; they should have good stamina, so as not to be burned out in midsummer. The scented varieties should not be forgotten in making selections.
A. Bryant's Catalogue of Fruit and Ornamental Trees, Shrubs, and Plants, for sale at the Persimmon Grove Nursery, Princeton, Bureau County, Illinois, indicates the possession of one hundred thousand fruit trees.
Babcock & Van Vechten, of Albany, forward us their descriptive catalogue of draining tiles.