Hardy Ornamental Flowering Trees and Shrubs – Preface

HARDY ORNAMENTAL FLOWERING TREES AND SHRUBS.

By A.D. WEBSTER,

Author of “Practical Forestry,”

“Hardy Coniferous Trees,” “British Orchids,” &c., &c.

 

SECOND AND CHEAP EDITION.

Decoration

London:
“GARDENING WORLD” OFFICE,
1, Clement’s Inn, Strand, W.C.

Printed by Hicks, Wilkinson & Sears,
4, Dorset Buildings, Salisbury Square, London, E.C.


 

PREFACE TO FIRST EDITION, 1893.

This book has been written and is published with
the distinct object in view of bringing home to the minds of
planters of Hardy Trees and Shrubs, the fact that the monotonous
repetition, in at least nine-tenths of our Parks and Gardens, of
such Trees as the Elm, the Lime, and the Oak, and such Shrubs as
the Cherry Laurel and the Privet, is neither necessary nor
desirable. There is quite a host of choice and beautiful flowering
species, which, though at present not generally known are yet
perfectly hardy, of the simplest culture, and equally well adapted
for the ornamentation of our Public and Private Parks and
Gardens.

Of late years, with the marked decline in the
cultivation of Coniferous Trees, many of which are ill adapted for
the climate of this country, the interest in our lovely flowering
Trees and Shrubs has been greatly revived. This fact has been well
exemplified in the numerous inquiries after these subjects, and the
space devoted to their description and modes of cultivation in the
Horticultural Press.

In the hope, too, of helping to establish a
much-desired standard of nomenclature, I have followed the generic
names adopted by the authors of The Genera Plantarum, and
the specific names and orthography, as far as I have been able, of
the Index Kewensis; and where possible I have given the
synonyms, the date of introduction, and the native country. The
alphabetical arrangement that has been adopted, both with regard to
the genera and species, it is hoped, will greatly facilitate the
work of reference to its pages. The descriptive notes and hints on
cultivation, the selected lists of Trees and Shrubs for various
special purposes, and the calendarial list which indicates the
flowering season of the different species, may be considered all
the more valuable for being concisely written, and made readily
accessible by means of the Index.

No work written on a similar plan and treating
solely of Hardy Ornamental Flowering Trees and Shrubs has hitherto
been published; and it is not supposed for a moment that the
present one will entirely supply the deficiency; but should it meet
with any measure of public approval, it may be the means of paving
the way towards the publication of a more elaborate work—and
one altogether more worthy of the interesting and beautiful
Flowering Trees and Shrubs that have been found suitable for
planting in the climate of the British Isles.

Of the fully thirteen hundred species and
varieties of Trees and Shrubs enumerated, all may be depended upon
as being hardy in some part of the country. Several of them, and
particularly those introduced from China and Japan, have not before
been included in a book of this character. Trials for the special
purpose of testing the hardiness of the more tender kinds have been
instituted and carried out in several favoured parts of England and
Ireland.

A.D.W.
HOLLYDALE, WOBURN.

 

PREFACE TO SECOND
AND CHEAP EDITION, 1897.

The First Edition of Hardy Ornamental Flowering
Trees and Shrubs having been sold out, it has been considered
desirable to run off a second and cheap edition on exactly similar
lines to the first, and previous to the more elaborate illustrated
edition which is now in hand.

A.D.W.
BOXMOOR, HERTS,
1897.