Till within these last few years this flower was used as an ornament in the plantation or shrubbery border only; but it is now becoming an especial favorite with the professional and amateur florist, and bids fair successfully to rival, if not to outvie the Dahlia. The particular sorts selected for this purpose are of a character and family entirely different to those formerly grown. Instead of the bell-shaped blossom, allowing a large eye, the new and superior varieties have a semi-spherical flower exceedingly doable, witli closely serried petals, and a flat regular guard* leaf; the blossoms are so thickly locked around the stem, that the green leaf can scarcely peep between them, and in the best grown plants it is almost entirely hid. These properties have, in the present season, been obtained in great perfection by Mr. Chater, of Saffron Walden, in whose nursery.grounds, consisting of about six acres, more than one-sixth is entirely devoted to Hollyhocks, 6,000 of which are now in splendid bloom; ana Saffron Walden may well be proud of such an extensive exhibition.

But ft fs not only in the vast number and variety of colors, but in individual excellence, as has been acknowledged by the gentry and florists who have inspected his collection within the last fortnight, that Mr. C. may fairly challenge the world to compete with him. The size and beauty of color displayed in his seedling Comet, which fs a fine ruby red, one would think, at first sight, could scarcely be surpassed. Equally beautiful in their several different characters and colors are his seedlings, - Enchantress, deep rose; Rosea grandiflora, light rose; Attraction, elegantly veined puce and silver; Model of Perfection, white with chocolate ground,- Commander-in-chief, remarkable for immensely long spikes of flowers towering nine feet high; the Queen, a delicate blush; Aurantia, salmon-color; Pul-chella, roseate; Pallida, lilac: Magnum Bonum, a rich glossy maroon; Snowball, purest white; Black Prince, sable black; Formosa, dark claret, with palmated leaves; Mulberry Superb; Delicate; Atro-sangumea. Mr. C. has exhibited this season at Chis wick some of his beauties, grown especially in pots for that occasion; also at the Royal Agricultural meeting at Norwich, where he was awarded a prise for his Seedling Comet, and a prise for the collection; and at the South London Floricultural meeting in the Surrey Zoological Gardens he obtained a medal.

A visit to these superb and elegant flowers would be highly gratifying to every lover of Nature in her gay and brilliant forms. - Beck's Florist.