GARDENING FOR THE MILLION
It is with the object of
stimulating the cultivation of gardens still more
beautiful than those generally to be met with that the
present volume has been written. It has not been thought
necessary to repeat in each case the times when the
seeds of the various flowers and plants are to be sown.
A careful attention to the remarks made under the
headings of "Annuals," "Biennials," "Perennials," and
"Seed-Sowing" will supply all the information needed.
That the work may prove useful to those at least who
supervise their own gardens is the sincere wish of the
ornamental evergreen shrubs, bearing tubular,
funnel-shaped flowers. They succeed in any ordinary soil
if the situation is warm and sheltered, and are readily
raised by cuttings. Height, 3 ft. to 4 ft.
(Spruce Firs).—Among these ornamental conifers
mention may be made of the beautiful Japanese Spruce
Ajanensis, which grows freely in most soils and has
dual-coloured leaves—dark green on the upper surface and
silvery white underneath; this makes a grand single
specimen anywhere. The White Spruce (Abies Alba
Glauca) is a rapid grower, but while it is small
makes a lovely show in the border; it prefers a moist
situation. Of the slow-growing and dwarf varieties
Gregorii is a favourite. The Caerulea, or Blue Spruce,
is also very beautiful. Clanbrasiliana is a good lawn
shrub, never exceeding 4 ft. in height. The Pigmy Spruce
(A. Pygmea) is the smallest of all firs, only
attaining the height of 1 ft. Any of these may be
increased by cuttings...............