Mr. W. A. Manda of the Cambridge Botanic Garden said at a recent meeting of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society that of the hardy herbaceous and perennial plants, the phlox is one of the best, the different species of this showy genus affording flowers at all seasons. Phlox subulata forms a dense mass of rose-colored flowers, with pink eyes, in the earliest spring. Many garden varieties have been produced from this species, such as Nelsoni, atropur-purea, nivalis, the Bride, and others from the darkest purple to snow-white. P. amcena is another vernal bloomer; it grows about 8 inches high and produces in May a profusion of purple flowers. Not less valuable is P. ovata, which sends up large heads of beautiful flowers on stems from 1 to 2 feet high in June. P. divaricata has pretty bluish or lilac flowers on stems a foot high and blooms in May. P. glaberrima is a very neat and compact-growing species, a foot high, with long, shiny foliage and dense heads of pinkish flowers in June and July. P. reptans is a dwarf and neat species, never growing over 6 inches high and bears large flowers in May. But P. paniculata is best known and most cultivated; it grows from 2 to 6 feet high. The type usually has purple - seldom white - flowers in large and dense pyramidal spikes.

Innumerable garden varieties have been produced from this species, of all colors from red to white. They flower from July to October.