There are few things better calculated to attach us to our homes - where the social virtues love to congregate, and to dispense their blessings - than rural embellishments. This is true whether we apply the term to our neighborhood, or individual abode. The public grounds about the great cities of Europe, some of which comprise an area of five hundred acres, are the theme of general admiration, the theatres of healthful exercise and recreation, and the sources of high intellectual enjoyment. The lesser towns, villages, and cities, even of our own country, owe more of their charm and interest to the trees and plants which embellish their squares, streets, and grounds, in the eye of a man of taste, than to any ostentatious show of brick and mortar; more to the beauties of nature than to the works of man. Nay, the highest efforts of human intellect are in vain put in requisition to imitate the handiwork of the Creator. And when we come down to suburban residences, and even to the unostentatious abode of the farmer, how are their beauties heightened, and their value enhanced, by a screen of ornamental trees and a well-kept garden.

Loudon informs us, that in travelling from Strasburg to Munich, he passed through a continued avenue of fruit and forest trees, planted on both sides of the highway, for more than one hundred miles. Who that has visited our beautiful city of Poughkeepsie, or that has passed through New England in summer, has not admired in some of the villages the beautiful trees with which they are in a measure enshrouded.

As to the effect of planting upon the beauty of the landscape, the late Mr. A. J. Downing, in a well-written article upon this subject, justly remarks: " Many a dreary and barren prospect may be rendered interesting, many a natural or artificial deformity hidden, and the effects of almost every landscape improved, simply by the judicious employment of trees. The most fertile country would appear but a desert without them, and the most picturesque scenery in every part of the globe has owed to them its brightest charm. Added to this, by recent improvements in the art of transplanting, the ornamental planter of the present day may realize, almost immediately, what was formerly the slow and regular production of years".

As to the effect of planting and gardening upon the body and mind of those who engage in these pursuits, we offer the following extracts from Loudon's Suburban Gardener; and we recommend them to the special notice of all gentlemen who are troubled with dyspeptic or hypochondriac affections.

"There is," says our author,"a great deal of enjoyment to be derived from performing the operations of gardening, independently of the health resulting from this kind of exercise. To labor for the sake of arriving at a result, and to be successful in attaining it, as cause and effect, is attended by a certain degree of satisfaction to the mind, however simple or rude the labor may be, and however unimportant the result obtained. To be convinced of this, we have only to imagine ourselves to be employed in any labor from which no result ensues, but that of fatiguing the body, or wearying the mind; the turning a wheel, for example, that is connected with no machinery, or if connected, effects no useful purpose; the carrying a weight from one point to another and back again; or the taking a walk without any object in view, but the negative one of pursuing health. Thus it is not only a condition of our nature, that in order to secure health we must labor; but we must also labor in such a way as to produce something useful or agreeable.

Now, of the different kinds of useful things produced by labor, those things surely which are living beings, and which grow and undergo changes before our eyes, must be more productive of enjoyment than such as are mere brute matter, - the kind of labor and other circumstances being the same. Hence a man who plants a tree, a hedge, or sows a grass-plat in his garden, lays a more certain foundation for enjoyment, than he who builds a wall or lays down a gravel walk; and hence the enjoyment of a citizen whose recreation is at his suburban garden, must be higher in the scale than that of him who amuses himself in the plat round his house, with shooting at a mark, or playing at bowles.

"One of the greatest of all the resources of enjoyment resulting from the possession of a garden," continues our author, " is the endless variety which it produces, either by the perpetual progress of vegetation which is going forward in it to maturity, dormancy, or decay, or by the almost immeasurable kinds of plants which may be raised even in the smallest garden. Even the same trees, grown in the same garden, are undergoing perpetual changes throughout the year; and trees also change in every succeeding year relatively to that which is past; because they become larger and larger as they advance in age, and acquire more and more their characteristic and mature form. Independently of the variety of change resulting from the variety of plants cultivated, every month throughout the year has its particular operations and its products; nay, it would not be too much to say, that during six months of the year, a change takes place, and is perceptible in the plants of a garden every day; and every day has in consequence its operations and its products".

In conclusion: A bountiful Providence has given the vegetable kingdom for our sustenance, employment, and highest intellectual enjoyment; and has scattered these elements of happiness, with a profuse hand, everywhere within our reach. It is left with us to enjoy them in a greater or less degree as we learn to appreciate their value, and exert ourselves to apply them to their proper use. The brute is content to satisfy its wants. Man, the lord of creation, should have a higher aim - because he has higher sources of enjoyment than the brute, and higher duties to perform; he is the husbandman appointed to take care of and nurture the great vineyard, and to carry out the wise purposes of the all-bountiful Giver.

A taste for flowers, and the external rural embellishments of the houses and grounds, we are happy to say, is everywhere springing up. Besides, its strong tendency to multiply attachments to home is among the best safeguards of virtue, and, furnishing sources of delightful recreation, it is highly conducive to intellectual and moral improvement.

Our advice to the young is to cultivate a taste for rural embellishment, as a preventive of bad habits, and as the source of substantial and innocent pleasures.