Herbaceous plants, generally grown as border plants. They like a light rich soil, and will grow well hi a sunny well-drained situation.

Plant in spring, and protect the crowns in winter by a covering of litter. During the summer months an occasional dose of liquid manure may be given.

These plants may also be cultivated in the cool greenhouse. Pot in autumn or spring in a compost of loam, leaf-mould, decayed manure and sand. Give plenty of water in the summer, but keep nearly dry during the winter months. Give liquid manure as advised for outdoor culture.

Increase by division of the plants m autumn. Seeds may also be sown in spring in mild heat, transplanting to the open in June. They may also be sown in autumn, being transplanted the following spring.

The best varieties for the amateurs garden are:

I. Delavayi, rosy-purple. Height 2 ft. . grandiflora. Dwarf variety.

Both flower during June, July and August.

Inula (Flea-Bane). Herbaceous plants suitable for cultivation in the beds or borders.

Riant in autumn or spring in an ordinary rich soil in a sunn position. The like plenty of moisture. Cut down the stems in October. Top dress the soil in April with well-decayed manure. Increase by division of the roots in autumn or spring, or seeds may be sown hi spring.

The best varieties for the amateurs garden are:

I. glandulosa, orange-yellow, July-August. 1 J- ft. . oculis christi, pale yellow, July-August. 3 ft. . lloylcana, golden-yellow, July-September. 2 ft.

Ixia (African Corn Lily). Bulbous-rooted plants, mostly grown in the border.

Plant from September to January in a light riclij. Sandy soil in a well-drained sunny spot. Mulch the surface of the bed with cow manure in March. Lift the bulbs annually and remove the offsets, which may be treated as bulbs.

Some of the best for the amateurs garden are: . azurea, pale blue, June. 15 in. . maculaia, yellow flowers with dark purple throat, mid-June. Height 2 ft.

J. viridiflora, green flowers tinged blue, with purple eye, June. Height 15 in.

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