Hardy Ornamental Flowering Trees and Shrubs eBook

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F. RICCARTONI.—­This seedling from F. m. globosa is one of the two hardiest varieties, but even this plant, except in warm, maritime districts, is by no means satisfactory.  Where it does well it is a shrub of great beauty, and blooms profusely.  This species has red, straight sepals, and a purple corolla.  In favoured districts it may frequently be seen as much as 12 feet high, and is then during the flowering period an object of great beauty.  It originated at Riccarton, near Edinburgh, about 1830.


GARRYA ELLIPTICA.—­California, 1818.  This is a handsome shrub, with dark green coreaceous leaves, resembling very nearly those of the Evergreen Oak.  The long, tassellated catkins, of a peculiar yellowish-green colour, render the plant one of much interest and beauty.  As a wall plant it thrives well, the slight protection thus afforded favouring the growth and expansion of the catkins.  For planting in the shrubbery it is also well suited, and where it oft-times attains to a height of 6 feet, and is bushy in proportion.  It is well to bear in mind that there are male and female plants of the Garrya, and that the former is the more ornamental.  Good rich, well-drained loam will suit this shrub well.


GAULTHERIA NUMMULARIOIDES (syn G. nummulariae and G. repens).  —­Himalayas.  This is a neat Alpine species, with small and very dark green leaves.  It likes a shady situation and vegetable soil.  For planting on the rockwork, amongst tree roots, or beneath the shade of trees, the Gaultherias are particularly suitable.  Light, but rich vegetable soil suits them best.

G. PROCUMBENS.—­Canada Tea, or Creeping Winter-green.  North America, 1762.  This is of much smaller growth than the following, rarely rising to a greater height than about half a foot, with lanceolate, serrated leaves, and pendulous axillary clusters of white flowers.

G. SHALLON.—­North-west America, 1826.  Growing in favourable situations to fully a yard in height, this distinct evergreen shrub, which is fairly common in cultivation, is particularly valuable, as it thrives well under the shade and drip of trees.  It is a rambling plant, with ovate-cordate, almost sessile leaves, and bears tiny white flowers that are succeeded by purplish fruit.  G. Shallon acutifolia has more sharply pointed leaves than those of the species.


GENISTA AETNENSIS (syn Spartium aetnensis).—­Etna Broom.  Sicily and Sardinia, 1816.  This is a large-growing species of elegant growth, and remarkable for the abundance of yellow flowers with which it is literally covered in August.  Than this South-European Pea-flower, perhaps not another member of the family is more worthy of culture, the neat, elegant habit of growth and profusion of flowers rendering it a plant of particular interest and beauty.  It is quite hardy, thrives in any light soil if well drained, and is readily propagated from seed, which it ripens in abundance.

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