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.
Recently visiting the grounds of Messrs. Ellwanger & Barry, Rochester, I saw about five acres of Roses in bloom, and examined and made notes of many varieties. The Hybrid Remontants have now become so much and so general a garden feature that perhaps it may not be amiss to name a few of what I consider the very best.
Imperatrice Eugenie is certainly the best white yet out - a free bloomer, good strong grower, and a beautifully cupped flower. It is new. Delephine Gay is an older sort, but its clusters of light flesh-color flowers are beautiful.
Auguste Trice is a fine light rosy pink, while Gen. Jacqueminot and Richard Smith are all brilliancy, the former a full flower, the latter only semi-double, but extremely rich and velvety in its petals. Victor Ver-dier and Madame Victor Verdier are both beautiful, clear rose color, globular, and free bloomers. Prince de Rohan is only semi-double, but its petals are very dark velvety and rich. Christian Putner is a superior dark variety. Senator Vaise is another very dark, yet rich crimson flower and plant, a free bloomer. General Washington, Maurice Vernandi, and Duchess of Norfolk are all superior dark varieties, rich in color, and good bloomers. Reine de Vierge is a purplish rose, very handsome. Sydonie, although one of the old.
Sorts, is among the best of those of a light pink shade. Baron Provost and its sport Panachee d'Orleans are old, but yet most beautiful and desirable. Among the old June Roses, Aurette is elegant; while of the moss varieties, Madame Edouard Ory is the most certain and constant bloomer; but for beauty of bud none yet equal the old Crested Moss.
So much for Roses, and now of new Py-rethrums. All know the common double-white, or Feverfew as it is commonly called; but here I saw, for the first time, in full bloom, a collection of new varieties, with the flowers of the size of half a dollar, and as double as the best China asters. The colors were pink and its shades straw-purple, etc. To me these varieties, which are all as hardy as the old well-known sort, must soon come largely into demand, as a bed of them would form a perfect bouquet in itself during the whole season, and require no care except that of simply keeping the ground clear and well-stirred around them. I will name some of the best varieties, in order that any reader who desires to obtain them may know for what to send. They are Herman Stinger, Madame Mons. Lovitz, Mr. Pell, Madame Billiard, Pompon Rose, Beauty de Laken, and Gus-tave Heitz. F. R. E.