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The American Flower Garden
 

By
NELTJE BLANCHAN 

Planting Lists by
LEONARD BARRON 

ILLUSTRATED WITH ONE HUNDRED
FULL-PAGE PHOTOGRAPHS

BY NELTJE BLANCHAN: 
NATURE'S GARDEN
HOW TO ATTRACT THE BIRDS
BIRDS THAT HUNT AND ARE HUNTED
BIRDS EVERY CHILD SHOULD KNOW
BIRD NEIGHBORS

  Original Publishing information: 

THIS EDITION IS LIMITED TO ONE
THOUSAND AND FIFTY COPIES, OF WHICH THIS IS
NUMBER 694. 

COPYRIGHT, 1909,
BY DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY
PUBLISHED, APRIL, 1909 


AN ABANDONED STONE QUARRY,
TRANSFORMED BY THE SUBTLE ART OF THE GARDENER,
WHICH ALMOST DEFIES DETECTION, INTO A NATURALISTIC ROCK GARDEN.


TO MY HUSBAND
BUT FOR WHOM NONE OF MY BOOKS WOULD
EVER HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED

  

"'What is a garden?' It is man's report of earth at her best. It is earth emancipated from the commonplace. It is man's love of loveliness carried to excess -- man's craving for the ideal grown to a fine lunacy. It is piquant wonderment; culminated beauty that, for all its combination of telling and select items, can still contrive to look natural, debonair, native to its Place."

-- JOHN D. SEDDING.

 

 

CONTENTS

I. 

THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN NATURE AND ART

II.

SITUATION AND DESIGN

III.

THE FORMAL GARDEN

IV.

THE OLD-FASHIONED GARDEN

V.

THE NATURALISTIC GARDEN

VI.

THE WILD GARDEN

VII.

THE ROCK GARDEN

VIII.

THE WATER GARDEN

IX.

TREES

X.

SHRUBS

XI.

PERENNIALS FOR A THOUGHT-OUT GARDEN

XII.

ANNUALS

XIII.

BULBS, TUBEROUS PLANTS AND ORNAMENTAL GRASSES

XIV.

THE ROSE GARDEN

XV.

VINES

XVI.

GARDEN FURNITURE

 

ILLUSTRATIONS 

COLOUR PLATES 

 

AN ABANDONED STONE QUARRY, TRANSFORMED BY THE SUBTLE ART OF THE GARDENER (A. Radclyffe Dugmore)

THE JAPANESE IRIS (A. Radclyffe Dugmore)

EIGHT MONTHS BEFORE THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN THE SITE WAS THE STEEP SLOPE OF A MOUNTAIN (Barnette, Barnabee Company)

A COLONY OF NARCISSUS (A. Radclyffe Dugmore)

TAKING ADVANTAGE OF OUTCROPPING ROCKS (A. Radclyffe Dugmore)

THE CATALPA TREE (A. Radcliffe Dugmore)

HYBRID RHODODENDRONS NATURALISED ON THE BANKS OF A POND (A. Radclyffe Dugmore)

COREOPSIS AND LARKSPUR ALONG A GRASSY PATH (A. Radclyffe Dugmore)

THIS SECTION OF AN OLD AND OVER-LARGE VEGETABLE GARDEN WAS TRANSFORMED INTO A HOME FOR HARDY ROSES (A. Radclyffe Dugmore)

A SHELTERED PERGOLA UNITING HOUSE AND GARDEN (A. Radclyffe Dugmore)

 

 

HALF TONE ENGRAVINGS

 

A HAPPY COMBINATION OF NATURE AND ART (Henry Troth)

TO LENGTHEN DISTANCE AND ADD TO THE APPARENT SIZE OF ONE'S GROUNDS (Henry Troth)

FOR UNITING A BOUNDARY BELT OF TREES TO A LAWN (Henry Troth)

NO SINGLE FEATURE SO SUCCESSFULLY UNITES A HOUSE TO THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE AS A FINE OLD TREE (Herbert Angell)

AN EMBELLISHED BUT NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF LAND (J. Horace McFarland)

THAT IT MAY GIVE THE MOST PLEASURE TO BUSY PEOPLE, THE GARDEN SHOULD BE CONVENIENTLY NEAR THE HOME (Russell Doubleday)

PRIVACY, SHADE AND A DISTANT PROSPECT WITHIN A RING OF FLOWERS (J. Horace McFarland Company)

"SOME FLOTSAM AND JETSAM OF BLOOM, LIKE THE SAND-LOVING PORTULACA AND SEA PINKS, EXTEND ALMOST TO THE WAVES"

A GARDEN OVERLOOKED FROM AN ENTRANCE DRIVE (E. E. Soderholtz)

A HARDY GARDEN BORDERING A LAWN (J. Horace McFarland Company)

FOR A HOME OCCUPIED IN SUMMER ONLY (Nathan R. Graves) RESTORED GARDEN IN THE HOUSE OF THE VETTII, POMPEII

LANDING PLACE FOR PLEASURE BOATS ON THE LAKE IN A RENAISSANCE GARDEN, ROME

THE POOL, FALCONIERI, REFLECTING CYPRESSES FIVE CENTURIES OLD

A GARDEN ARRANGED WITH FLOWER-FILLED PARTERRES, AFTER THE ITALIAN METHOD (Henry Troth)

ONE OF THE BEST MODERN AMERICAN FORMAL GARDENS (J. Horace McFarland Company)

A CHARMING SMALL, GARDEN INEXPENSIVE TO PLANT AND TO MAINTAIN (Henry Troth)

THE GARDEN, MOUNT VERNON, SHOWING FRENCH INFLUENCE, PROBABLY LE NOTRE'S (Leet Brothers)

BOXWOOD HEDGES OVER A CENTURY OLD (Henry Troth)

A TANGLE OF BEAUTY AND LUXURIANCE (Henry Troth)

AN UNPRETENTIOUS, HOME-LIKE LITTLE GARDEN (Henry Troth)

FRAXINELLA, THE FRAGRANT-LEAVED AND RESINOUS GAS PLANT, BELOVED BY OUR GRANDMOTHERS (Dr. R. L. Dickinson)

THE SPIRIT OF THE COLONIAL HOME AND GARDEN (Nathan R. Graves)

POET'S NARCISSUS NATURALISED ALONG AN OPEN WOODLAND WALK (J. Horace McFarland)

STAR-LIKE NARCISSI IN THE WILD GRASS (A. Radclyffe Dugmore)

SECTION OF THE SAME BIT OF NATURALISTIC PLANTING SHOWN IN THE PRECEDING PICTURE (A. Radclyffe Dugmore)

TALL, LATE GARDEN TULIPS (Gesneriana) NATURALISED IN A GRASSY BORDER IN FRONT OF SHRUBBERY (J. Horace McFarland)

TAWNY ORANGE DAY LILIES NATURALISED ALONG A DRIVE (J. Horace McFarland)

PERMANENT HARDY LILIES AND SHIRLEY POPPIES

DOUBLE ENGLISH DAISIES DISCARDED FROM FORMAL FLOWER BEDS MAY BE NATURALISED ON THE SUNNY BANK OF A POND (J. Horace McFarland)

OUR NATIVE BLOODROOT DELIGHTS IN HAVING ITS ROOTS IN A COOL, ROCKY CREVICE (J. Horace McFarland)

SHEETS OF BLUE FORGET-ME-NOTS SPREAD OVER THE BANKS OF A WILD GARDEN (J. Horace McFarland)

WAXY WHITE INDIAN PIPES AND CREEPING DALIBARDA (J. Horace McFarland)

OUR NATIVE SHOWY LADY'S SLIPPER IN MOIST ALLUVIAL SOIL (Willis H. Sargent)

A GRASSY PATH ON EITHER SIDE OF WHICH COLONIES OF WILD FLOWERS BLOOM (T. E. Marr)

FERNS AND WOOD ASTERS IN A SHADY PLACE (J. Horace McFarland)

A SUGGESTIVE ENTRANCE To A ROCK GARDEN (Henry Troth)

A CARPET OF CREEPING PHLOX (J. Horace McFarland)

YELLOW, ORANGE, AND WHITE PERENNIAL ICELAND POPPIES (J. Horace McFarland)

ROCK GARDEN BESIDE A BROOK IN EARLY SPRING (J. Horace McFarland)

"WATER IN A LANDSCAPE IS AS A MIRROR TO A ROOM -- THE FEATURE THAT DOUBLES AND ENHANCES ALL ITS CHARMS" (T. E. Marr)

A BROOK MAY BE INDUCED BY A DAM TO OVERFLOW A BIT OF LOW-LYING MEADOW AND BECOME THE PRINCIPAL FACTOR IN A WATER GARDEN (Henry Troth)

WHAT WATER GARDEN WAS EVER COMPLETE WITHOUT ITS GOLDEN-HEARTED, PASTEL-TINTED WATER-LILIES? (C. J. Hibbard)

FACING PAGE FLOATING WATER LILIES AND INDIAN LOTUSES (W. H. Hill)

WHAT WOULD ONE NOT GIVE TO POSSESS SUCH AN OAK – THE VERY EMBODIMENT OF STRENGTH AND NOBILITY? (John T. Withers)

STRONG MASS PLANTING OF TREES AND SHRUBS ALONG AN ENTRANCE DRIVE (O. C. Simonds)

AN AVENUE OF WHITE PINES (Partridge)

GARDEN ENTRANCE THROUGH A DENSE HEDGE OF ARBORVITAE (Thuya Occidentalis) (T. E. Marr)

HORNBEAM TREES FORMING A PLEACHED ARBOUR

A TREE PEONY WHICH BLOOMS EARLIER THAN ITS HERBACEOUS RELATIVES (J. Horace McFarland)

LONGFELLOW'S HOME FRAMED BY WELL-BALANCED PLANTING (W. H. Halliday)

THE FRAGRANT NATIVE MAGNOLIA OF THE SWAMPS AND WET, OPEN WOODS (Henry Troth)

"SURE, YE CAN'T SEE THE TREE FUR THE FLOWERS ON IT" (T. E. Marr)

WHAT SHOULD WE DO WITHOUT SHRUBS? (T. L. Mart)

A FRINGE OF GRACEFUL DEUTZIAS (Gracilis)

THE BRIDAL WREATH (C. J. Crandall & Company)

THE RHODODENDRON IS OUR BEST EVERGREEN SHRUB (J. Horace McFarland)

A HAPPY COLONY OF THE CHRISTMAS ROSE (HeIIeborus niger) (Nathan R. Graves)

LUPINES ARE FLOWERS OF THE SWEET-PEA TYPE ARRANGED IN VERY TALL, VERTICAL CLUSTERS (J. Horace McFarland Company)

WHITE PHLOX, SHELL PINK SINGLE HOLLYHOCKS AND BEE LARK SPUR (Herbert Angell)

BOLTONIA -- ONE OF THE BEST OF THE ASTER-LIKE PLANTS (J. Horace McFarland Company)

A PERENNIAL BORDER (Henry Troth)

HOLLYHOCKS ARE ESPECIALLY EFFECTIVE IN THE FORMAL GARDEN (J. Horace McFarland)

ASTER BORDER AROUND AN OAK (J. Horace McFarland)

SINGLE WHITE PETUNIAS IN THE FOREGROUND OF SHRUBBERY (Nathan R. Graves)

THE TOBACCO PLANT, WHICH LOOKS LIKE A FADED BALL-ROOM BEAUTY BY DAY, SHOULD BE VIEWED FROM A LITTLE DISTANCE (Nathan R. Graves)

CHEERFUL YELLOW CROCUSES GLITTERING ON A LAWN IN EARLY SPRING (Nathan R. Graves)

EMPEROR DAFFODILS ALONG AN ENTRANCE DRIVE (A. Radclyffe Dugmore)

ONE OF THE LOVELIEST AND EASIEST WAYS TO BEAUTIFY A HALF-SHADY KNOLL OR A BIT OF OPEN WOODLAND IS TO PLANT THE STAR-OF-BETHLEHEM (Henry Troth)

DOUBLE BORDER OF GERMAN IRISES ALONG A GRASSY PATH (T. E. Marr)

THE GUINEA HEN FLOWER (Nathan R. Graves)

TALL WHITE LILIES (L. candidum) GROWN IN A CIRCLE OF HARDY FLOWERS (Claude Miller) .

A LONG ISLAND GARDEN WHERE ROSES ARE GATHERED EVERY DAY FROM MAY UNTIL THANKSGIVING WITH A TIDAL WAVE

OF BLOOM IN JUNE (Nathan R. Graves)

MARIE VAN HOUTTE -- A TOO TENDER TEA ROSE FOR SAFE CULTIVATION IN NORTHERN GARDENS (Q. V. Lange)

FACING PAGE ROSES FOR SHRUBBERY EFFECTS (.J. Horace McFarland Company) 308 PERGOLAS ARE INDEBTED TO THE HARDY, CLEAN, VIGOROUS

RAMBLER ROSES FOR MUCH OF THEIR CHARM (Henry Troth)

WISTARIA -- THE VINE OF MANY PURPOSES (T. E. Marr)

HONEYSUCKLE VINES LIGHTLY TWINED ABOUT THE PILLARS

THE VINE-CLAD FRONT WALL OF AN OLD STONE HOUSE (Henry Troth)

WHY SHOULD THE BACK-STOPS OF TENNIS COURTS USUALLY BE BARE AND UNSIGHTLY?

ROSTRUM OF THE AMPHITHEATRE, ARLINGTON

ONE OF THE ADVANTAGES IN HAVING A FOUNTAIN NEAR THE HOUSE (Floyd E. Baker)

THE MARBLE TABLE, ON WHICH THE SUN-DIAL RESTS, IS A COPY OF ONE UNEARTHED AT POMPEII (Gustav Lorey)

ENTRANCE TO A FORMAL GARDEN ENLIVENED BY A DOUBLE ROW OF HYDRANGEAS (T. E. Mart)

RUSTIC FURNITURE THAT MAY BE LEFT OUT IN ALL WEATHERS (Rudolf Eickemeyer, Jr.)

THE FORMALITY OF ARCHITECTURE HERE DEMANDS EXTREME FORMALITY IN THE TREATMENT OF THE GROUNDS IMMEDIATELY ADJOINING IT (Floyd E. Baker)

AN OUT-OF-DOOR LIVING-ROOM (Henry Troth)

FOUNTAIN OF BRONZE AND MARBLE DESIGNED BY ELIHU VEDDER

THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN NATURE AND ART

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