Excerpt from Plant Materials of Decorative Gardening the Woody Plants It has become the practice of gardeners to speak of the plants used for decorative purposes as the plant materials of their art. These materials fall rather naturally into three classes: the woody plants used in landscape architecture arid street planting, the herbs used for bedding and border planting, pools, etc., and the grasses of lawns. The present little volume is an attempt to make it possible for any careful observer to learn the generic and usually the specific name of any hardy tree, shrub or woody climber that he is likely to find cultivated in the eastern United States apart from the extreme south or in rthern Europe, anywhere except on the more pretentious estates, or in nurseries or botanical establishments. It accounts for 247 genera and 782 species, with some 375 mir forms, or over 1150 distinct kinds. These pertain to 83 natural families. For a few hopelessly complicated genera, such as the haws, cotoneasters, mockoranges and roses, only a few of the most easily recognized species have been admitted. Except for these, an effort has been made to include all but the rarer or newer species. By way of compensation for omissions, the common trees and shrubs of the orchard may be traced to their species, and also the commoner native shrubs and cover plants. It is assumed that the terms usually applied to the parts of plants are understood or will be looked up in the glossary by anyone who wishes to use the keys, and that he will quickly learn to make a small and t necessarily expensive pocket lens of about twelve-diameter magnification his inseparable companion and helper: further equipment is necessary except a good store of care, patient interest, and common sense. To keep the book inexpensive, and of a size to fit the pocket, identifications are provided for in concise keys. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.