The choice among flowering shrubs should be so made as to give beauty for many months. There is no difficulty about this.

Shrub Winter Bloomers

Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum).

Mezereon (Daphne Mezereum).

Rhododendron Dauricum.

Golden Bell (Forsythia suspensa).

The Golden Bell, Forsythia Suspensa.

Fig. The Golden Bell, Forsythia Suspensa.

Maule's Japanese Quince (Cydonia Maulei).

Various Almonds, Cherries, Peaches, and Plums.

Pyrus spectabilis.

Magnolias grandiflora and stellata.

Late Spring and Early Summer Flowering Shrubs

Azalea mollis in variety.

Rhododendrons in variety.

Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum).

Diervillas or Weigelas in variety.

Scotch Laburnum (Cytisus Alpinum).

Lilacs.

Mock Oranges (Philadelphus).

Brooms (Cytisus Andréanus and others).

Magnolia Watsoni.

Kalmias glauca and latifolia.

A bed of Kalmia Glauca.

Fig. A bed of Kalmia Glauca.

Spiraea prunifolia.

Spiraea Fortunei.

Deutzia crenata flore pleno.

Exochorda grandiflora.

Kerria Japonica flore pleno.

Allspice (Calycanthus Floridus).

Snowball Tree (Viburnum Opulus sterile).

Viburnum plicatum.

A Splendid Plant Of Viburnum Plicatum At The Garden House, Saltwood, Hythe.

Fig. A Splendid Plant Of Viburnum Plicatum At The Garden House, Saltwood, Hythe.

Summer Flowering Shrubs

Andromeda (Pieris) floribunda.

St. John's Worts (Hypericums).

Hibiscus Syriacus flore pleno.

Hydrangea paniculata grandiflora.

Bladder Senna (Colutea arborescens).

Clethra alnifolia.

Romneya Coulteri.

A Grand Plant Of The Californian Tree Poppy. Romneya Coulteri

Fig. A Grand Plant Of The Californian Tree Poppy. Romneya Coulteri

Spiraeas callosa and Douglasii.

Akebia quinata.

Honeysuckles (notably Lonicera Japonica flexuosa).

In autumn effect is got from the berries of Thorns, Briers, Snowberry, and other things, and from foliage.

Never stint a garden of shrubs. If the first cost is felt somewhat, derive consolation from the reflection that the annual expense of cultivation will be small. Give them deeply-worked, fertile soil, to encourage free growth. Straggling wood may be curtailed, and crowded branches thinned out, but otherwise prune lightly. In the case of spring bloomers, cut in the shoots which have flowered directly after the blossoming, but do not afterwards prune the fresh wood, as it is on this that the next season's flowers will form. Prune late bloomers in winter, and do not cut the new growth which follows in spring, as it will bear the next crop of flowers.