Veronica Andersonii is a green-house bushy plant, and grows with great vigor in the garden when planted out. The blue flowers are arranged in spikes, which are produced all the season. The foliage is very beautiful, of a rich glossy green. A small plant will grow to a large size, and retain its beauty and flowers after a number of hard frosts, but it will not live out through the winter.
I have thus far brought to notice mostly such plants as are to be housed through the winter; but there are great numbers of hardy perennial and annual flowering plants, that are also suitable for bedding-out or planting in masses.
The Portulacca, Escholtsia, Drummond Phlox, Drummond Coreopsis, Nemophillias, Rocket-Larkspur, Ten-week Stocks, Candytufts, etc., are suitable for this style of planting; in fact, all the flowers of the garden are best disposed of in this way. Much taste and knowledge of the plants will be required in grouping and arranging the colors so as to give the most striking effect. Hollyhocks, and all tall-growing plants, should be planted in the background, or most distant part of the garden. Where a number of plants are grouped together, the tallest should be placed in the middle, so that every part of the group may be exposed, or on the back side, where there will be only a front view. Where there is a succession of groups on the lawn, those near at hand from the walk should consist of dwarf plants, and those of increased height as the groups recede from the main point of view.
Some colors harmonize with each other, and blend to perfection; while the reverse is the case with others. For instance, white and scarlet are in unison, and show together to great advantage; also blue and scarlet; bright red and yellow; red, pink and white; orange, yellow, sulphur and white; purple, dark blue, light blue and white, and many other combinations and shades harmonize. But blue and yellow should not stand side by side. Dull red and yellow do not harmonize.
The ladies will find it a very interesting study to learn the art of arranging the flowers of the garden; and such as have a correct taste for dress, will, probably, be the most expert scholars in this school.