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 hardiness of this variety near New York is well tested, as appears from a letter written recently to the London Florist in which the writer says he had a plant of Clematis Jackmanni, on a pillar, which withstood entirely unprotected, a temperature of 14 degrees below zero during the winter, and 110 degrees above during the summer, subject to wind and storm.
This has found its way into the grounds of a Georgia gardener, who describes it when in full bloom. The vine is so densely covered with violet purple flowers, that its dark green leaves can scarcely be seen.
Large, intense violet purple.
One of the most beautiful half-hardy climbers yet introduced. It is very remarkable for the immense size of the flowers, measuring from six to ten inches in diameter; a small plant now flowering here has one flower, fully expanded, eight inches in diameter. Its habit is very similar to Florida, and will, therefore, be admirably adapted for trellis work, verandahs, and other similar structures. In the Southern States it will undoubtedly prove perfectly hardy, and will be a most valuable acquisition wherever climbing plants are grown.
Very large and showy azure blue flower.
A charming variety, with extra fine racemes of flowers of a pure white ground finely striped with rose and bright crimson.
One of our lady readers writes as: "You cannot say too much for that most beautiful of all garden flowers, the Clianthus Dampierii or "Glory Pea." My children call them" Scarlet Birds." Mr. B. K. Bliss favors us with an illustration of it, and says : " It is one of the most beautiful plants in cultivation, about three feet in height, with neat, compound leaves, and drooping clusters of large, rich scarlet, long petaled, pea-shaped flowers, three inches in length, something similar to the splendid blossoms of the Coral tree, each flower being picturesquely marked with a large black, cloud-like blotch in front; introduced from New Holland. It has hitherto been considered difficult to cultivate, but lately has proved agreeably the very reverse. When sown in the open air, on a dry, warm sunny border in May, it will grow luxuriantly and bloom profusely all summer. It requires but little watering, for when too much water is used, it will damp off".
John Saul says, in his Catalogue, that " the seed will be found more satisfactory than plants. Sow in a warm situation out doors, about the middle of May ; do not transplant nor attempt to grow in pots. If sown in a moderately rich, dry soil, it will spread considerably over the ground during the summer, giving a constant succession of its beautiful flowers, which are large and gracefully drooping clusters of brilliant self-crimson scarlet flowers, marked with a rich black boss-like blotch in front".