The great variety which gives so great a charm to landscape gardening, is always in the eye of the flower cultivator, for it is the infinite variety in the form, color, and character of flowers that gives the greatest zest to the grower. Often, however, we depend on the flowers themselves for this variation, but much may be done by the cultivator to give variety, even by the manner of growth in the specimens themselves. But even here judgment is required to suit the character of the training with the style of the plant to be trained. In the fuchsia, for instance, where it is usual to let the plant grow any way as it pleases, we may introduce a number of styles of training that would be in accord with the habit of the plant, and add much to the pleasure which variety gives. The pyramidal form is one that is very popular with the best fuchsia growers, but this does not permit the complete clearance of the flowers from the branches that their form requires for perfect development. When trained as standard, the effect is very beautiful.

To make the standards they may be trained up to a single stem, all attempts to make side branches being checked till the desired height is reached. In the Old World some good results have been had by grafting on the very strong growing kinds, such as the Fuchsia fulgens, or F. arborescens. Other plants may be trained as standards when the habit permits an advantage to be gained. Some things, so trained at times, are not, however, improved by the style. We have seen the common geraniums, Zonale pelargoniums, as they are sometimes called, treated in that way, but the thick, bunchy heads do not allow one to think the style pretty. But the the trailing ivy-leaved species are well adapted to this mode of growth.

When plants are set out in their pots for the summer season, a slight degree of shade is found beneficial. Some people of taste arrange them into designs, like flower beds, and this gives them an additional interest. For this work, trained fuchsias and other plants, as described in the last paragraph, help to make up very pretty work. Greenhouses for rare or beautiful plants are not so common as they might be, for the reason given, that they are of little interest in the summer time in our warm climate. But those who keep their pot-plants under trellises in summer, and take an interest in them, have nearly as much pleasure in them as when in their winter quarters. Most plants like to be out of the houses in summer. Even a large number of species of orchids seem to prefer the summer out-door life. It is well to examine all plants before setting out, to see that the drainage is good. In the house we can see when plants need water, and they get it only when they do, so that a badly drained plant may not suffer badly.

But out of doors a heavy rain storm cannot be controlled, and hence valuable plants often die from becoming water-logged. There is nothing more important to successful plant growth, than to have the water pass rapidly away from the roots of the plants.

Standard Fuchsia.

Standard Fuchsia.

Those who grow largely of carnations, bouvar-dias, chrysanthemums, and similar plants, usually plant them in the open ground at this season, and take them up and carefully repot them in September. It is a much better plan than the old one of worrying along with them in pots all summer.

Calla lilies, as people will call the Richardia AEthiopica, flower much better next winter, when kept dry from now to August, when they should be repotted, and then regularly watered and cared for'. .

Azaleas flower better if the pots they are growing in are placed in the sun in this latitude. But they require great care to see that they are well drained, and yet do not suffer for want of water.