William Robinson The English flower garden

ISBN 13: 9781236384850

The English flower garden

 
9781236384850: The English flower garden
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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. 1889 Excerpt: ...kind, with large purple flowers, and its pure white variety. There is also an intermediate form with white and purple flowers. The Caucasian species, G. gymnocaulon and ibericum, with rich purple blossoms, 2 in. across, delicately pencilled with black, are beautiful. G. platypetalum, striatum, ibericum, and Lamberti are good kinds, suited for shrubbery borders, being mostly free and vigorous enough for naturalisation. G. Endressi, a tall-growing kind with rose-coloured blossoms, is also very attractive. All the above kinds of Geraniums are perfectly hardy, easily cultivated, will grow in any ordinary soil, and should be included in every collection of hardy flowers. The pretty rock garden kinds are G. cinereum and G. argenteum, both dwarf and charming alpine plants, which, unlike the above-mentioned stout perennials, must be associated with very dwarf rock and border plants. Except perhaps these, all the Geraniums are very freely increased by division, and all by seeds. German Ivy (Mikania icandens). Geum (Areni).--This genus contains but very few ornamental plants. Iiy far the finest species is G. coccineum, which inhabits the Bithynian Mount Olympus and has long been a popular garden favourite. Probably the Chilian Avens (G. chilense) is but a mere geographical form of it, only differing in the darker colour of the blossoms, which sometimes assume a coppery hue. The double variety of G. coccineum is a more valuable kind than the type, as its blossoms last much longer in perfection. It commences to flower in May, and produces a continuous succession of blossoms till October. There are several forms of the double kind. It is one of the most easily-managed of hardy plants; it grows vigorously in ordinary garden soil, and it may be readily multiplied by seeds...

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