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.
A great mistake is made by many in the arrangement of the garden, in not giving sufficient attention to foliage plants. A bed of flowers may be ever so rich, and the display of colors may be dazzling, but if there is no frame-work of living green, the effect on the eye is rather painful than otherwise. The fault of many gardens is, too much glare. Masses of brilliant flowers - red, yellow, white and scarlet - are grouped together, until the garden is ail aflame with radiant colors, and its very gorgeousness is oppressive.
How refreshing it is to the eye to have here and there a clump of rich, dark green foliage to rest on While the gaudy hues of the flowers have a tendency to aggravate the heat of the summer day, the living green of the foliage is suggestive of cool, refreshing shade. In every flower gar leu there should be borders of emerald turf as a frame-work to the beds, and to occupy space not allotted to flowers. Foliage plants can be used with fine effect interspersed with the flowers, and in every garden green ' should be the predominant color, or ground, while the flowers form the embroidery.
In the arrangement of flowers in vases and baskets, the same order should prevail. A bouquet without a background of cedar, arbor vitas, or some other evergreen, is never complete, and is all the more perfect if ferns and grasses are interspersed. - Ex.