We should like again to call our readers attention to the great value of the Lan-tana as a summer-blooming plant for American gardens. Few things beat it in beauty, - and the hotter and drier, the better it blooms.

The Japan Jasmine

This very interesting plant, trained on walls in Germantown, was beautifully in bloom on Christmas day. Its value as a frost-resisting winter bloomer is well known in this little town, but we do not often meet with it elsewhere. Botanically it is Jas-minum nudiflorum.

The Osage Orange As An Ornamental Tree

A correspondent with whom we heartily agree, notes that those who have only known the Osage Orange as a hedge plant, have missed a beautiful sight in a well-grown tree of the Osage Orange.

Double Portulacas

Those who want something for hot, dry places, that will take fair care of themselves, must look out for double Portulacas. There are now double yellow, crimson, rose, white, striped, and other shades, and they come tolerably true from seed.

The Nootka Sound Cypress

There is said to be a specimen of the Thujopsis boreal is growing on the grounds of Hamilton College, New York. It would be of much interest to mow when it was planted, how high and wide it is now, whether it is at all sheltered, and if it ever showed any signs of injury by severe weather. It suffers very much about Philadelphia, and we do not know of one really fine specimen anywhere in the East, unless this one may chance to be.


If there is any part of our country where the old-fashioned hollyhock still thrives, it would be well to know where it is and ill about them. From some disease they are seldom seen now in gardens hereabouts.


Plants from the western regions do not thrive well, as a rule, in eastern gardens, but the whole tribe of Pentstemons seem to do wonderfully well.

Dreer's New Coleus

The beautiful strain of Coleus raised by Mr. H. A Dreer, we understand is to be placed on the market this spring.

Improved Chinese Primroses

By a beautiful colored plate in the London Florist and Pomologist, we learn that a beautiful variety with bright rosy flowers, but with small white spots on the margin of the lobes, has been produced. It has been honored by the title of Primula sinensis purpurea punctata. This of itself ought to attest its princely value, for the scions of most royal houses have a dozen or so of names, though even these cannot often boast of long Latin ones.