Japan Lilies

Do not forget that these and all other Lilies like a rich and cool soil. Some of the most successful we ever saw were planted in among a lot of Rhododendrons, where they were kept very cool.


For flowering in American gardens through the summer the Gaillardia is an excellent plant. It does not mind heat or drought, and flowers till frost. Though annuals, they propagate from cuttings much as Petunias do.


There are few more acceptable flowers than the Violet. To have them to perfection they are best set in the open ground for summer, and then lifted for potting or putting in boxes or benches in the fall. They like rich soil to grow for the summer, must on no account be allowed to get dry, and if in a partially shady place, all the better.

The Snap-Dragon

The old-fashioned Snap-Dragon is a fine outdoor summer flower, but when sown in spring they do not flower till late. They are best raised from cuttings and kept over, turning them out in spring. There are many beautiful varieties now listed in florists' catalogues.


The old-fashioned Primroses known as Polyanthuses, from the many flowers on one stalk, while the Primrose of the poets has but a single flower, have nearly disappeared from gardens, and more's the pity. The gardens of our grandmothers, which had all these pretty things in them, will soon be at a premium, and a handsome one too. Plenty of manure, and not too hot or dry a place in summer is all the care these lovely things desire.

Two Promising Florists' Roses

Puritan, white, and Mrs. John Laing, light rosy pink, are getting some reputation.

Mealy Bug

A correspondent of the Garden finds that soapy water with about a wine-glassful of coal oil to one gallon, syringed on plants covered with Mealy bug, will destroy the insect.

Peculiar Roses

Never a new rose appears, but every now and then some one arises to pronounce it " no good." It may be a kind that has been in good and healthy existence for a quarter or half a century, but let it once become a popular florists' flower, and some one finds out that it will not grow, will not be healthy, or something wrong or other with it. This should suggest that treatment may be wrong, and no doubt it often is.

Standard Geraniums

Last year some growers exhibited these in Paris, trained to a head on single stems, and they seemed to strike the popular favor.