There is no more pleasing or tasteful arrangement of certain flowers than disposing of them in masses upon the margin of a lawn, or in a grass plot in figures cut out in the grass. These figures should not look stiff and set, as they will, if laid out in squares, parallelograms, or triangles, but there should be ease and grace in their appearance. Figures with gentle curves should be adopted, fern-leaved shaped scrolls, or any other fanciful form which may be adopted by a person of taste, and no one should be employed for laying out these beds, who has not an eye to the beautiful.
No disposition of plants can be made which will be so satisfactory and pleasing as flowers massed in this way, provided the grass be kept smooth and close. - The figures are first marked out with stakes; the sods carefuly taken out, and the edges of the beds pared true with a sharp spade or turf-parer. The space should be filled up with rich garden mould, and compost, sufficient, after it has been dug and settled, to raise the beds in the centre - so as to have them crowning. They are then ready for the reception of the plants. As a general rule, one variety or one color should be in each bed; but where there is a limited extent of ground, two or three colors may be disposed in one figure, for example red, rose, and white will harmonize, or purple dark blue, light blue and white; blue and scarlet, bright red and yellow; orange, yellow, sulphur and white, and many other combinations and shades harmonize. But blue and yellow should not stand side by side, nor dull red and yellow. It will be found a very interesting study to learn the art of arranging the flowers for the lawn or garden; and such as have a correct taste for the colors, will probably be the most expert.
The most suitable plants for bedding are the following: Portulacas; white, lemon, orange, scarlet, and crimson. Verbenas; scarlet, rose, white, purple, and blue. Heliotropes; lilac, and blue. Petunias; pure white, crimson, and variegated. Eschscholtzia; orange. Drummond's Coreopsis; yellow. Geraniums; scarlet. Pyrethrum, or Double Fever-few; white. Mexican Ageratum; pale blue. Dwarf Coreopsis; dark brown, brown with yellow edge, yellow. Drummond's Phlox; crimson, scarlet, rose, and white. Stock Gilly-flowers; Dwarf Phloxes, and many other plants of taller habits appear to great advantage when planted in masses in the shrubbery border or lawn, where the latter is extensive.