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 finest collection of Azaleas in America can be found at the nurseries and greenhouses of Parsons & Co., Flushing. Those kept in the greenhouses were in full bloom in April, displaying a most gorgeous combination of colors. These were the Azalea Indica - a class of plants specially adapted for conservatories. Mr. Trumpe, the skillful propagator, who loves his Azaleas as dearly as a child, gives us a list of the very best varieties named below. Those starred are of extra selection out of a list of 150 varieties:
Large, rose color; a free bloomer, and a standard variety.
Double white; fine.
Splendid, rose color; very large bloom; unusually fine. *Coloris Novo - Superb crimson.
Bright salmon; distinctly spotted.
Rose color; every one likes it; very popular with amateurs.
Large, dark rose; shaded violet.
Large, carmine; variegated.
Double white; extra fine form.
Dark salmon; exquisite; clear.
Large, salmon and rose; fine form.
Variegated; crimped; extra white stripes.
Scarlet; extra profuse bloomer.
Very fine, rose. Modele de Marque - Splendid form, rose. Both of these are indispensable for every collection.
Large flower; rose; old, but has a splendid habit of growth.
Splendid, variegated ; early bloomer. Punctulata omnicolor - Splendid, variegated; early bloomer. Both valuable for early forcing purposes.
Red rose ; extra bloomer.
Splendid form ; scarlet and crimson on the petals.
Fine rose; extremely brilliant color; overflowing with bloom.
Rose and white; a new and splendid type, with variegated petals.
Scarlet, with purplish eye.
White, spotted with rosy purple.
This is a class for lawn decorations, or borders in the background, for a brilliant show. They are very hardy - thrive in any good, warm, loamy soil, and are perfectly overflowing with their exquisite bloom in early June. Here is a list of choicest varieties:
Large, orange. Bicolor - Orange; yellow and white; superb.
Fine; orange, scarlet and white.
Scarlet; larger than above.
Straw color and salmon.
Pink and white: fine.
Yellow, with white center.
White; very fragrant.