S. Japonica and S. oblata are very useful little berried plants, and neat small bushes can be grown in small pots, and do good service in forming edgings round baskets and vases of larger plants. They stand a deal of rough treatment in this way without being injured. They thrive best either planted out in summer or plunged in their pots. If planted out, choose a free open soil, forking in a dressing of rotten leaf-soil before planting. In this they grow freely and set plenty of berries. Great care is required in lifting them in autumn, for if many of the roots are broken they are apt to drop their berries. When potted, place them in a close frame for a few days, sprinkle them frequently overhead, and they will not suffer. A. H. Thoresby Gardens.