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.
Line the basket with moss, with a little soil attached. Place in the center a small pot, containing a showy plant of upright habit; fill up the surrounding space with rich woods and old hot-bed soil; fill in with plants of a climbing or trailing habit; when the center fades you can replace it by a fresh plant. In filling a basket, select plants of a similar nature - such as like shade and moisture - the Fus-chia, Lobelia, Ivy Geraniums. Ivies, Lina-ria, Panicum, Balms, gold and silver Vinca, Ferns. A basket for a hot, sunny situation should be filled with Coleus for the center; also, Petunia (double), Sedums, Convolvulus minor, Nasturtiums, Begonia, Mignonette, for trailing. A carnation will make a constant blooming centre - a Coleus a brilliant one. Am, Farmer.
A Pure White Abutilon has been introduced into England by Messrs. Standish & Co. of Ascot, from the South of Franee, and has successfully withstood the winter, growing in the open air. It is described as a " fine, bold-leaved variety, blooming with great profusion, and throwing its chaste, bell-shaped blossoms outside the leaves."