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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 Excerpt: ...of water lilies. in tubs (Fig. 189), strong flowering roots being got each year or two from the wild. The subject of aquatics is too special for this book, and the reader who wishes the best information should consult Tricker's "Water Garden." 2. Carpet-bedding The beauty of the carpet-bed lies largely in its unity, sharp contrast and harmony of color, elegance--often simplicity--of design, nicety of execution, and the continued distinctness of outline due to scrupulous care. A generous allowance of greensward on all sides contributes greatly to the general effect,--in fact is indispensable. Let us pass to considerations purely practical: Whatever place is selected for the bed, it should be in a sunny situation. This, nor any kind of bed, should not be planted near large trees, as their greedy roots will rob the soil not only of its food, but of moisture. The shade, also will be a menace. As the plants stand so thick, the soil should be well enriched, and spaded at least a foot deep. In planting, a space of at least six inches must be left between the outer row of plants and the edge of the grass. The very style of the bed requires that lines be straight, the curves uniform, and that they be kept so by the frequent and careful use of the shears. During dry periods watering will be necessary. The beds, however, should not be watered in the hot sunshine. Foliage plants are most in use, and are the ones which will prove the most satisfactory in the hands of the inexperienced, as they submit to severe clipping and are thus more easily managed. The following list will be found helpful to the beginner. It embraces a number of the plants in common use for carpet-bedding. Other useful kinds will be found under the discussion of annuals (page 255). The usu...
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