There are but few regular designed flower gardens in this country, which is generally the best style, for it gives a freer system of planting. One of the prettiest we have seen was at Mr. Hunnewell's at Wellesley, near Boston; in this the variegated Geraniums were growing better than we had seen since leaving England, and the Alternantheras of course were perfect. Where these regular designs have to be planted, the carpet system of bedding is the best, using chiefly dwarf foliage plants, such as Coleus with perhaps a Musa or large Canna in the center, and edged with Cinerarias, Maritima or Centaurea, other beds Alteraantheras, and others Echeverias, such as metallica in the center, and secunda glauca, or rosacea for an edging; this last is a great improvement on secunda glauca; when the new farinosa is plentiful enough it will also be much used for this purpose. We have already Cotyledon orbiculata and Pachyphy-tum bracteosum, both good as frosted succulents, taking the same place among these plants as Centaurea does among the foliage plants.

Where the flower garden consists of beds placed in irregular positions about the lawn, it is a simple matter to plant those, for usually each bed stands on its own merits, and no two need be planted with the same style of plants, unless there are match beds by the side of walks, then it is best to plant things of the same habit of growth and nearly the same color, but it also gives space for more variety of plants.

I may here note that for this system of beds, circles and ovals are the best shape, and also the easiest to plant; although there is the best subtropical gardening in Europe to be seen in the Battersea Park near London, a number of long narrow beds of Canna, these reminded us too much of nursery beds, tall foliage plants not being adapted for square, angular beds any better than Cedars would be.

A circle six or eight feet in diameter looks well, planted with moderate growing Cannas, and Gladiolus between; the spikes of flowers from the latter with the foliage of the former make a capital combination; it is not necessary to use the scarce varieties of Gladiolus for this purpose; years ago we used Brenchleyensis, and that or any other bright colored variety would look best; we have tried bright colored flowers, but these were not so satisfactory; by the time the Gladiolus flowers were over, the Cannas were in full flower.

A single plant of Castor Oil is a capital center for a circle, and may be planted round with Coleus, Tritomas or New Zealand Flax. Another good center plant is the giant hemp, Cannabus Giganteus. We have not seen this in this country, but it is raised from seeds, which probably can be obtained through any of the large seedsmen; the leaves of the hemp are the same shape as Castor Oil leaves, but a bright green, and smaller but more numerous; it grows from eight to ten feet high. It will be late to sow them now, although the plant vegetates rapidly; it is best sown where intended to remain.

The Wigandia was at one time popular as a foliage plant in Europe, but it was not a satisfactory plant, being neither graceful nor elegant; it grows very freely in this climate, and with liberal treatment makes very large leaves.

A capital center to a large circle, say eight+en to twenty feet in diameter, is either a large plant of Aralia Sieboldii or Castor Oil, surrounded by six plants of Arundo Donax Versicolor, then a double row of Salvia Splen-dens planted about two feet apart, then a row of Abutilon Thompsonii, and edged with Ageratum Caelestinum; this is a splendid bed until the frost destroys its beauty.

The Madagascar Periwinkles are very showy plants, especially for a row in a ribbon border; these can be readily raised from seeds, but our experience of seedlings has been of the rose colored variety and also the white, and white with rose eye, and. grown together that many of the seedlings come of mixed color, which are seldom so good as the original. The plants can be raised from cuttings but require wintering in a warm house. A good plant of Humea Elegans is fine for the center of a circular bed or as a single specimen planted in the grass, its graceful feathery sprays of red flowers make it a good contrast to Pampas Grass; and the bed this is planted in may be filled with large plants of Mountain of Snow Geranium, or any other variety which has been proved useful for bedding in any locality. We hesitate to recommend variegated Geraniums, for in our hot summer they are so seldom satisfactory. It should be noticed that the Humea requires abundance of water, so that when planted the soil should* form a basin round the plant that will contain several gallons of water; if allowed to get very dry it will soon lose its best foliage and look thin and poor.

The variegated Arundo is a good center for a circle, but should have about six plants together to be surrounded by either a bright flowering plant, or a bright colored, dark variety of Coleus; but as a large mass at the back of a wide border or near water it shows to the best advantage.

A large irregular bed, to fill a corner, can be planted in patches of any large, rough specimens of Abutilon Thompsonii, tall Cannas, Arundo, Bambusa, Aralia Sieboldii, Aralia papyrifera, Gymnothrix latifolia and such like plants, taking care to have the tallest growers at the widest and most distant parts, and edging with a row of Coleus Verschaffeltii and a row of Acome japonica variegata. This combination is very easy to plant, as it can be made a receptacle for odds and ends of various plants, which taken individually would look poor, but as a whole are very pleasing.

Caladiunis should not be planted until quite the end of the month, and if possible select a still, dull day if the foliage is much advanced. These plants are most satisfactorily planted in a sheltered position. We often have them very fine, planted in full sun and wind, but they do not start away so well at first. If the Esculentum varieties are planted in the same place with the smaller varieties, it must be recollected that this one will make leaves five feet or more in length, and would smother a few dozen smaller plants if planted too close. It is often desirable to plant single plants, as specimens, on the lawn in positions where a bed would be out of place. In some cases it is best to keep the plants in pots or tubs, but, if possible, it is best to turn them out, the plants will then generally take care of themselves. If they have to remain in tubs the plants are then best standing in proximity to buildings or on walks, for they never look well standing on turf, and to sink the tub into the ground decays it in a short time, but large pots can be buried so that the plant only is seen.

The Dracaena Tridivisa is a splendid specimen lawn plant, in fact one of the best; it has lived out through the winter in a few sheltered places in England, so that it is not a tender plant. Latania, Borbonica, Corypha australis, Seaforthia elegans, Chamerops ex-celsa, and several other Palms also do well for this purpose, but should be kept quite cool during the winter, for if there are young tender leaves on the plants they will be sure to suffer.

Agaves and Yuccas are among the best plants for single specimens in this climate, and many varieties may be housed in the cellar during winter. Many of the rare kinds are very dear. Large Dicksonias and Also-phylla cxcelsa are fine but require lots of water.

Primula Japonica - This very hand-some plant does not appear to be so well known as it deserves in this country, for although it is not like the double Chinese varieties, useful for cut flowers, yet as a greenhouse or window plant to flower during April and May it is very handsome, and being of the easiest cultivation can be grown with little trouble by any one. It is a perennial, losing its foliage in the winter, and may be kept in a cold frame just protected from frost, for it is said to be quite hardy in England. It commences to make new leaves about February in a cool greenhouse, and the flower stems begin to show early in March, when a few flowers will usually expand before the stem is advanced above the leaves, but the first mass of bloom is not usually fully expanded until the stem is about six inches high, and will continue flowering until the stem is from eighteen inches to two feet high; it will flower well in a four-inch pot. We have plants in six-inch pots with several flower stems. It is raised from seed, and by division of the crown, but seed is uncertain, at one time growing freely and at another not growing at all. Any soil which will grow a Rose or Pelargonium will grow this plant well, with abundance of water when growing and little when at rest.

Green fly sometimes trouble the young growths, and must be kept down by fumigating with tobacco.

Lilium Kramerianum, a beautiful va-riete of the Japanese Lily has been introduced into England, which is exceedingly curious and striking. The agents, Teutschel & Co., give the following report of it: "Mr. Kramer sends it to us as a new lily, obtained a long distance from Yokohama, in the interior of Japan."

He speaks of a man as " collecting' it, and sends it in three varieties - white, pink, and a larger form of the same color, but adds there are many startling varieties."

He speaks of it as "a form of L. Aura-turn, It is a delicate bulb, and travels badly, scarcely one in ten having reached us in good condition. All our bulbs have had narrow, elongated foliage, like L. Auratum."