That the plants in a garden may at all times present a neat and orderly appearance, it is important to give them proper support and training as the season advances, otherwise heavy winds and severe storms will create great dis-' order and havoc in the pleasure ground. Stakes and rods, for this purpose, should be prepared in the winter or spring, and laid by for use, as they may be required. It will require some judgment and a little taste to prepare and affix these supports to plants of different habits. What would be most proper for a Dahlia, would not be appropriate for a Petunia. A strong stake, the size of a hoe-handle, about six feet long, should be prepared for the Dahlia; it should be painted, if white, with a dull brownish green. No rods or supports should be painted a bright green; they will not require painting with any-color if they have the bark on. Hazel rods, Buckthorn trimmings, or any other straight growing stick will answer for one year. Stout painted wire is more durable, and will answer for many years, if carefully preserved. Put down Dahlia supports before planting the tubers, as it can be done then in a more substantial manner than when the plant has grown a foot or two high. It is then all ready to tie the plant to as it advances in height. The best material for tying, is the bass from the West Indies; it is the bark of some tree, and is kept by most seedsmen, and is much used by nurserymen for budding. This is very strong and pliable if wet, and can be split up very fine, and looks neat, if all hanging ends be cut off.
"When tall plants are in masses, they may be kept in shape by supports concealed as much as possible by the foliage, using strong brown twine, fastened to these supports, to surround the mass, but care must be taken that the stake or twine be invisible if possible. Morning Glories and many other climbing plants may be trained on twine to some object, and will require a little assistance to give them a start, after which they will take care of themselves; or in some corner they present a fine appearance when trained to common bean poles.
Petunias, in a mass, look best when left to themselves, as they naturally incline to a spreading position requiring only a little clipping when they grow out of shape. A single plant will make a handsome pyramid when trained to a supporting rod with an occasional trimming and tying.
A few plants, well trained and supported, produce a much finer effect, than a multitude of them wher left to take care of themselves.