For growing in beds, in masses, we consider such kinds as aster, candytuft, dianthus, pansy, petunia, phlox, portulaca and verbena most effective, and these, with exception of aster, are procumbent - that is, their branches, instead of growing upright, are inclined to fall down and trail on the ground. In order to have these show to the very best advantage, the beds should be made with convex surfaces, considerably higher in the center than at the border. With the aster, the most striking effects are produced by planting the border with the dwarf varieties, as Dwarf Pyramidal Bouquet, or Dwarf Pyramidal Bouquet Blood Red, growing about ten inches in height; inside of these, New Schiller, or New Chrysanthemum-flowered Dwarf, from twelve to fifteen inches; then Imbrique Pompon, eighteen inches; Truf-fant's Paeony-flowered, twenty to twenty-four inches, and in the center, New Rose, two feet. Sweet Alyssum and Rocket Candytuft, both low growing, pure white, make good borders for beds of deeper colors. We would not confine the latter to borders, but had we sufficient space, would raise large masses of it.

Nature and art, cooperating, can produce few things more beautiful than a bed of the choicest Phloxes, or Petunias, or Portulacas. American Rural Home.