Many beautiful plants may be selected from the woods and fields, by those who wish to ornament their grounds at the least expense. These would be more highly prized than many far-fetched plants, that are trumpeted before the public, from time to time, could they be seen grouped together in the flower-garden, with the same care of cultivation bestowed upon them as upon some of the expensive exotics. What plant can rival the splendor of the Lobelia cardincdis, with its thousands of vivid scarlet flowers, when perfected by the gardener's hand? How few have seen the beautiful Aquilegia Canadense, improved as it may be in the flower-garden ? Who has tried to cultivate the Gerardia family - a tribe of plants singular in their habits, and perhaps difficult to manage in the garden; but their great elegance and beauty would, no doubt, amply repay any pains that might be taken to domesticate it. Our native Asters, - a large family of interesting plants, enlivening our autumnal months, some of them very beautiful in their wild state, - are greatly improved when transplanted into the flower-garden. What an acquisition to our floral treasures would be a double variety of Aster multijlorus, with its pure white flowers; or A. puniceus, with its lively blue; or A. Novoe Anglas, with its purple flowers; or what curious sports might be expected from crossing the different species ! No doubt as great an improvement might be made with our native perennial Asters, as has been made with our annual China or German Asters, in their improved state.
Then there is the extensive genus Solidago, embracing many fine species of different heights, with their rich yellow flowers. Of the Asclepias, what is prettier than A. decumbens and tuberosum, with fine orange flowers - and other species with red or purple?
The curious Orchideous and Trillium tribes, so wild in their.habits, and impatient of cultivation, might be introduced, and a multitude of others, that would produce a fund of amusement to the cultivator, in watching the progress of improvement, that might be developed from time to time, in efforts made to perfect them. Among our shrubs, are many very beautiful. What more so, than the Kalmia, Azalea, Rhodora, - and many others to be found in different locations ? Surely, in making up our selections of plants, those of our own native land should not be neglected.