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THE GARDEN MAGAZINE - May 1917 page 229

Garden Magazine May 1917 - The Rockery Idea in Edgings p.230

May 1917
Front Cover / Inside Front
Inside Back / Back Cover


211 Spring Time is Lilac Time AD
More Crops from Your Garden ADs
215 Manure, Catalog ADs
216 Nursery, Bulb ADs
217 Irrigation, Greenhouse ADs
218 Nurseries, Portable Houses ADs
219 Table of Contents
220 The President to the People (Wilson's plea for gardens)
221 Among our Garden Neighbors
222 Papaya, Opal Anchusa, Cotton, Japanese Knotweed
223 Gordonia, Building a Better Home, Letters
224 The Month's Reminder
225 Summer Flower-Roots for Present Planting - Gladiolus
New Deutzias Better than Old
230 The Rockery Idea in Edgings
231 Home Vegetable Gardens A Patriotic Duty
How the Modern Lilac Came to Be
234 Victor Lemoine, Plant Hybridist
The Evolution of My Garden
237 The New Race of Hardy Astilbes
Prepare in May for Winter Flowers
Novelties in Summer Flower-roots and Bulbs
243 Flower Ads
244 The Fruit Garden -
Crown Grafting
245 Nursery ADs
How to Pot A Plant
247 Gladiolus, Evergreens, Trellis ADs
249 Lawn Mower, Nurseries ADs
250 Insurance by Protection
251 Flower ADs
252 Watermelon Stem End Rot
253 Lawn Mower, Flowers ADs
254 The Indigoferas for Late Flower
255 Shrubs, Rudyard Kipling, Humas ADs
Coming Events Club & Society News
257 Book ADs
259 Greenhouse, Birdhouse, Portable Houses, Flag Poles ADs
261 Pottery, Greenhouse, Stoves, Wire Cloth ADs
262 Companions for Larkspurs
263 War Air Generator, Listerine, Stanley, Birdhouses ADs
264 Chicken Chowder, Fence, Portable Poultry Runways, Oregon & California Railroad Co. Land Grants for Sale (2,300,000 acres)ADs


The Rockery Idea in Edgings ALICE RATHBONE, New Jersey


rockery with flowering plants photo
A few appropriate plants nestling alongside rocks will give flower in earliest spring

O N A gentle slope that meets the curve of the drive at its foot, lies the garden-of - the-many-edgings, its space divided into beds and borders by three long cross - walks and four shorter, intersecting walks.
The plan gave opportunity for the use of stones to wall the slightly terraced beds, and the rockery-like edges thus gained were furnished, for the most part, by sowing seeds one spring for the next year's bloom, and the planting of bulbs in the fall. Once established; they became the garden's most attractive feature, take the season through.
  Low-growing things of the alpine class like so well to nestle themselves among stones, (and they do it so prettily with mats; and tufts, and cushions of various grays and greens) that the edges they help to make are not only interesting in themselves, but they are as becoming to the beds they frame as were old-fashioned strings—to the pretty face above them when—

  "Tying her bonnet under her chin, She tied the young man's heart within."

And something of the fascinating effect of bonnet strings is repeated when the charm of the edgings goes straight to the gardener's heart.
  The secret of the charm is found, of course, in the endearing character of those close-to-the-earth plants that belong among rocks. They are garden pets that, somehow or other, have an irresistibly appealing way with them.
  The value of these edges as a garden adjunct is particularly evident in the spring, when gay or delicately tinted Tulips rise from white Arabis waves; when Forget-me-nots and the Tulip White Swan are set in the gold of hardy Alyssum; when Aubretia's lilac-pinks, the yellows of the Primrose and the purple of Dwarf Iris join the colors, while English Violets prompt a child-neighbor to say,' "Your garden makes the whole world sweet." Then is come the most poetic moment of the garden year.
  Beauty, indeed, at just this time is so eloquent, that the garden easily evolves its poetry without the aid of words, thus out-doing in simplicity some of the modern vers libre methods.

  Although the early spring effect is hardly equalled by any subsequent display, another period of loveliness follows in late May and June. For then the broader, bolder edging skirting the drive, which allows more freedom of planting than the others, is bedecked with Saponaria, Iberis, June Pinks, Cerastium, the rich green of Tunica sprinkled over with its tiny pink flowers, Sedum acre, Moneywort, and Lilies-of-the-valley in partial shade, and late Darwin Tulips—backed by a band of Iris.
  Delight in the bright, fresh coloring, untouched as yet by midsummer gaudery, is enhanced by its contrast with the soft grays Of Stachys lanata, Cerastium, and Sedum

garden path photo
The edging is permanent and the effects change as the seasons roll by giving a constant interest.

May Tulips photo
May, and the Tulips are in their full glory, and the early edgings break the rocky fringe


June Irises photo
June with the Irises taking the bed. Note the changes in the background.

  To secure continuance of bloom in this broad edging, a few' Tuberoses are provided; seedlings of dwarf Marigolds, including the desirable Tagetes signata pumila, are set among Tulips; dwarf Zinnias, too, if one can be fairly sure of one's colors; and annual Wallflowers that help to bring our newer gardens into pleasant touch with those of the old world, which Wallflowers suggest. These are the last flowers to leave our Garden. Even as late as this writing. (December fourteenth) a
bowlful of Wallflowers, cut when in bud, is still fresh and fragrant.
  With the aid of late blooming annuals, of autumnal Crocus, and those indispensable Sedums Sieboldi and spectabile, September makes a good showing until heavy frosts.
  Here, too, the various grays and greens of leafage take their part well in seeing the season through, and in this connection the fragrant green of Lemon Thyme is noticeable. With slight winter protection, this interesting little herb makes itself quite at home in a snug cranny among the rocks from which it tumbles cascade-like, to root on the drive. -
  Setting the edges to rights for another year is simply good garden fun. The pleasure comes in early fall when little touches are given here and there either to work out some happy thought of improvement, or to guard against frayed edges by repairs. A worn out hardy Alyssum or two may need replacing with seedlings from spring sowing; a bit of Tunica's green fringes would trim that small boulder prettily, so a vigorous self-sown plant is set in place; those stylish rosettes that houseleeks have the knack of making, are dotted. around in crevices or pockets, wherever a finishing touch is needed, and once sewn fast to the garden's costume with a trowel—there they are, with the look of having always belonged precisely where they are placed; lastly the planting of Tulip bulbs occurs, and then winter may come when it will.
  For even winter cannot rob these edgings along walks and drive of all interest. Small evergreens used at the corners of beds, together with ever-gray-greens and ever-blue-greens of alpines and June Pinks carry the edges through the trying cold, to the charm of the spring garden again.



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