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There are but a few of the plants described on this page (transcript follows image as before) that are no longer readily available, and many can be seen in yards around town.
One curious fact-or-fiction note about ivy in Yellow Springs: there has been some suggestion that the ivy which covered Antioch College’s Main Building walls (and also possibly the exterior of the current Winds Café) was not the regular ivy as listed on this catalog page, but grown from clippings brought from Horace Walpole’s residence ‘Strawberry Hill’ in England by Horace and Mary Mann.
A new decorative plant of great beauty and value
A beautiful plant, splendidly adapted for the decoration of sitting rooms, halls, etc., as it stand dust and neglect of watering with impunity. The leaves, as shown in the cut, grow to a length of two or three feet, and are beautifully striped cross-wise, with broad, white variegations on a dark green ground. It is a rare and beautiful plant which should be abundantly grown for positions out of the reach of sunlight, where other plants will not thrive. When you consider that it can be placed in any position in any room, and do well, its great usefulness is at once apparent. It has a singular beauty for decorative purposes which other plants do not possess, and is useful both Winter and Summer. The beautiful leaves and the handsome spike of flowers it produces make it one of the most desirable plants known. Price, nice plants, 10 cents each; large, strong plants, 20 cents each.
Hardy Shrubs and Vines
English Ivy.—A truly magnificent and wonderful dark-leaved variety. Can be trained so as to produce the most beautiful effects. There is no more desirable climbing plant for the house than this beautiful English Ivy. It produces a graceful effect in the bay window, can be trained on a trellis, trained over pictures, or grown on the mantel out of direct sunlight. The glossy-green leaves are in lavish profusion, and the plant itself such a wonderful climber, one can readily see that it makes a handsome background. Price, only 10 cents each.
German Ivy.—Possesses all the good qualities of the English Ivy, and is even a more vigorous and rapid grower. The leaves are a beautiful, waxy, light green, of perfect form. A grand variety for hanging baskets or vases. Price, 6 cents each. The two ivies for 15 cents.
These are beautiful shrubs of easy culture. Very desirable for shrubberies of the flower garden. Price, 10 cents each; large plants 35 cents each.
Ballardii.—Flowers in spikes of pink or rose color.
Prunifolia.—Flowers like double small white Daisies, known as Bridal Wreath.
Van Houtte.—A strong grower, flowers a pure white, in clusters. Fine. The Best.
A beautiful, distinct and large shrub. Much admired for its long, feathery flower stalks, which give the tree the appearance of being covered with a cloud of smoke. Price, 25 cents each.
Sometimes called “Boston Ivy” and “Japan Ivy.”
No picture can convey the beauty of this grand climbing plant. As an important aid to architectural beauty it is rapidly attaining prominence, being now a feature of the finest houses—notably the palatial resident corner of Fifty-seventh Street and Fifth Avenue, New York City. Another fine example of it is seen on Grace Church, New York, while on Commonwealth avenue, and throughout the fashionable “Back Bay” district in Boston, there are hundreds of the finest houses covered with it from foundation to roof. It is adapted to all situations, and transforms the humblest cottage. It is entirely hardy in the most exposed places, attaining a height of twenty to thirty feet in two or three years, clinging to stones, brick or wood-work with the greatest tenacity. It is a great protection to houses, as the leaves lapping over each other like slates on a roof effectually preventing rain from penetrating the walls. For covering dead trees, gate posts, boundary walls, verandas, etc., it has no equal, while its rapid growth and tenacious clinging qualities make it a most desirable plant for staying up terraces. In the Summer the foliage is a rich shade of green, but in the Fall it assumes the most gorgeous tints of scarlet, crimson and orange, so dazzling as to be seen at a great distance. Price, 15 cents each; two for 25 cents.
Hardy Shrubs and Vines
Flowers double and white. A grand hardy shrub. Price, 10 cents each.
This is the old-time favorite of everybody’s garden. Price, 25 cents each; large plants, 50 cents each.
A most desirable shrub. Beautiful and fragrant. Grows to a height of eight to ten feet. We have both the double and single flowered. Price, 15 cents each; large plants, 35 cents each.
PYRUS JAPONICA—BURNING BUSH, OR JAPAN QUINCE.
One of the most beautiful hardy flowering shrubs. A splendid lawn plant. The bright scarlet flower produced before the foliage makes a gorgeous display. Price, 25 cents each.
ALTHAEA, OR ROSE OF SHARON.
These are the most beautiful shrubs we have in our collection. The flowers are of large size, very double and full, of various brilliant and striking colors. They bloom freely during August and September, when scarcely any other shrub is in bloom. Price, two kinds, Double White and Rose, 15 cents each; large plants, 50 cents each.
JAPAN SNOWBALL—VIBURNUM PLICATUM.
A new variety of Snowball from Japan, and one of the grandest shrubs in existence. Growth upright and compact. Foliage olive-green through the Summer, but toward all it turns much darker and remains on the plants for some time after the first frosts. Flowers four to six inches across. Price, 25 cents each; three for 60 cents.
Rosea.—A most charming shrub. It cannot be too highly recommended. Flowers large and rose-colored, borne in such a profusion that the whole plant appears a mass of lovely blooms. Price, 10 cents each.
Variegated-leaved.—Deep green leaves, broadly margined yellowish-white. Very striking and pretty. Flowers same as above, but of smaller growth. Price, 15 cents each.
Candida.—This is the very best of all the white-flowered Weigelias. A strong upright, erect grower; flowers pure white and produced in great profusion in June, and continues to bloom through the entire Summer. Price, 15 cents each.
Aurea Reticulata.—(Golden-leaved.) A variety with beautiful variegated foliage, of yellow-white pink. Price, 10 cts. Each.
Chinese Evergreen.—Blooms nearly all the season, deliciously fragrant, flowers buff, yellow and white. Price, 10 cts. Each.
Hall’s Japan.—This is the most constant bloomer of the class, being literally covered all Summer with beautiful yellow and white flowers. Price, 10 cents each.
Belgian, or European Sweet-scented.—Sometimes called Monthly Fragrant or Dutch Honeysuckle, a fine hardy grower, flowers large and exceedingly sweet, color buff, yellow and red, a constant bloomer. The finest Honeysuckle, suitable for trellis or pillar. Price, 20 cents each.
Scarlet Trumpet, or Red Coral.—A rapid grower, bright red, with trumpet-shaped flowers. This is the old well-known variety. Price, 20 cents each.