The walk that leads to the waterside. Azaleas and Spring-flowering perennials. Painted by Beatrice Parsons

Fig. The walk that leads to the waterside. Azaleas and Spring-flowering perennials. Painted by Beatrice Parsons

In modern gardens, informed as they are with the spirit of natural beauty and informality, the cultivation of good hardy plants under conditions which give them scope for showing their true characters, such as among stones and in spacious borders, must necessarily engage the earnest attention of true flower-lovers. But shrubs and trees have an importance at least as great as that of Alpine and herbaceous plants.

Happily this fact is fully acknowledged, and the attention devoted to this great class has led to active exploration, with the result that in quite recent years a considerable number of fine new species have been introduced to cultivation. So remarkable, indeed, have been the modern "finds," particularly those of Wilson, that works on shrubs and trees but a few years old are already out of date; hence the preparation of the present volume.

The book is not, however, a mere record of modern discovery; on the contrary, it deals with the best standard kinds as well as with the newcomers, so that it makes an appeal equally to those in search of novelties and to those who wish to furnish their gardens with less expensive but good kinds.

The same liberal illustration with coloured plates by eminent artists, and with half-tone engravings of subjects in growth, that helped the sister volumes in the series to popularity, is invoked in aid of the present volume.

Walter P. Wright. October, 1913.