The Garden Guide

Book: The Principles of Landscape Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 4: Private and Public Landscape Gardens

Phanerogamous plants, including hardy exotic trees and natives

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1604. The central or principal part of the ground should be devoted to one general arrangement of all the phanerogamous plants, including hardy exotic trees and natives. The trees may be kept dwarfed, by being propagated from cuttings, or layers, and by planting in pots, and pruning; and the stove and other exotics will, of course, only be plunged in their appropriate places for a few weeks in the warmest part of each summer, as in the Paris garden. Every plant ought to have its name painted on a strong cast-iron tally, on a bevelled face, in letters so large as to be legible without stooping. If to the name, systematic and English, could be added the Linnï¾µan and Jussieucan class, native country, and time of flowering, it would obviously greatly facilitate the peripatetic study of plants. The tallies, once placed there, should never be removed, except when the arrangement is to be enlarged, because the name will show that the plant exists, or ought to exist, somewhere in the garden; and will or ought to be placed there in the proper season. Such a collection should, in short, be a transcript of the catalogue of the garden; some of the Filices, and most of the Fungi, A'lgï¾µ, and Musci excepted.