It is often said, no flower is a greater favourite with all classes than the Rose. We have only to look about our own doors for proof of the correctness of this, as we fail to find a garden where flowers are grown that does not contain Roses. When we go from home and meet with amateurs interested in gardening, eleven out of every twelve of them will speak about Roses before the shortest horticultural conversation has been finished, and many will introduce their remarks with a reference to the Rose. Such has been our experience : only the other day an esteemed lady put a host of questions to us about Roses, and we referred her to the 'Gardener' for information on this and kindred subjects.

The kinds to plant, how to plant, and when to plant, are leading questions. If I named one dozen Hybrid Perpetuals and one dozen Teas, I daresay I would have some falling out with me about my selection, and wanting to substitute or add to. This is an evil, as it is just by increasing our varieties that we make them collections, and in doing so very often lose sight of selection. It is the latter that amateurs should always aim at, not only in Roses, but everything in their gardens. Collections are interesting, but selections are more satisfactory. The following are the twenty-four Roses we would recommend to amateurs, under the generality of circumstances, as most likely to be really useful; and where numbers were wanted, we would have the same kinds twice or more times over : Hybrid Perpetuals - Marie Bauinann, John Hopper, Alfred Colomb, Baroness Rothschild, Charles Lefebvre, Duke of Edinburgh, Fisher Holmes, General Jacqueminot, Jules Margottin, La France, Madame Victor Verdier, Senateur Vaisse; Teas, etc. - Gloire de Dijon, Niphetos, Safrano, Perle des Jardins, Marie van Houtte, Madame Levet, Jean Ducher, Homere, Belle Lyonnaise, Goubault, Solfaterre, Jean Sisley. These are all intended for open-air culture.

They have variety of colour, fine forms, and, above all, vigorous constitutions, to recommend them. They are all sweet-scented, too, with the exception of Baroness Rothschild; but it produces such a splendid sized continuous bloomer, is such a favourite colour, and is so easily grown, that I cannot leave it out. Some of the Teas are useful for planting against walls and pillars, but I have noticed they change this habit sometimes in different parts : and to make sure, I would advise that they be all planted in beds at first; and when they grow, and it is seen which are going to climb most readily, let them be moved to such positions. It is surprising that Tea Roses are not more grown by amateurs. I am told by those who ought to know, that the demand for them is trifling compared to others. They are more tender, of course, than the Hybrid Perpetuals: but it is not always the hardiest things we grow most of in our gardens; and I am sure, were Tea Roses of the kinds named grown more extensively, that their possessors would be highly gratified with them, as, although the flowers of some of them are not large, the buds are simply exquisite.

In their case, winter protection would in most localities need to be included as part of their culture; but all Roses are benefited by this, especially in Scotland. We lately saw large numbers of them thatched up with straw and fern there; and when covered over like this in autumn, and left so until spring, the trouble is little and the gain great, as the arctic winters we are now having are injurious to Roses of all kinds. We generally plant Roses here in November; but farther north, March would be our planting month, as then we could plant every one with the certainty of its growing; but in autumn we would be afraid of the winter spoiling our work, and killing our plants into the bargain. From this it will be gathered that we do not think those who may not yet have planted their Roses are too late. They can be planted with success all through March. Those who have bushes growing too close, may lift them all, manure the same bed well, dig it over deeply, and replant thinner. Old plants with long fibreless roots should have all such cut in to 6 inches or so from the stem. New Roses to be purchased from the nursery should be ordered at once. Have everything ready to plant them the day they arrive. The sooner the roots are under the soil the better.

Laying them in by the "heels" in one place, and shifting them about two or three times before finally planting, does them much harm. Whenever Roses have to be planted, the soil should be good - as good as possible; and let the soil be what it may, plenty of manure should be worked up with it. No one will ever do wrong in following up this where a bed is made new altogether. When old soil is taken out and entirely replaced, we would give one good barrow-load of manure to every three of soil. Attention to planting, soil, and manure makes a vast difference in after-years. Like other things, if carelessly done, it will always want seeing to; but when well done, there is an end of it. Do not plant deeply but firmly: this is very important. Deep planting ruins the plants; and when they are loose, they never root well: 3 or 4 inches is quite enough of soil to be over the roots. Never prune before planting. A week or two, or a month after, is much better. When the roots are beginning to lay hold of the soil and the buds are seen to be swelling, but before they come into leaf, is the time to prune. From the time they are planted until they are growing and firm in the soil, they should have the support of a short stake.

After planting, should very dry weather set in before the buds are swelled and the flowers open, they will be benefited by a heavy watering; and if no plants are growing about to shade the soil, a slight mulching of manure, short grass, or leaves is beneficial. J. Mum Morgam.