Scabious

The perennial Scabiosa caucasica is among the showiest of flowers both for border decoration and for cutting. The finest variety for all purposes is Clive Greaves, mauve flowered, with heads of huge dimensions. This is exceedingly floriferous, and never fails to do well with ordinary good treatment.

Plant from March to July, in deeply-dug soil, enriched with stable manure if possible, so that it retains moisture. Water if necessary, especially during July, when the plant roots should never be allowed to dry out.

Most of the other named varieties of this plant are mauve, but the following will give a variety of colour:

Innocence, white.

Isaac House, violet-blue.

Elsie, pale blue.

Kenneth Ball, iris-blue.

Propagate by seeds sown in spring, or by division of the roots at the same season.

Schizostylis (Caffre Lily. Crimson Flag). Hardy bulbous or rhizomatous-rooted plants, generally cultivated as border plants.

Plant in autumn or spring in a moist, loamy soil. They like a warm, sunny position and plenty of water in dry weather. Cover the crowns during the winter with fitter or coconut fibre refuse, and during the summer, occasional doses of weak liquid manure may be given.

Licreaso by division in spring. These plants may also be grown in pots in the cool greenhouse, whore they make very effective decoration.

Coccinea, Mrs. Hegarty, is a variety which has salmon-pink flowers, borne from October onwards on stems 1£ ft. iu height.

Sedum (Stonecrop). Herbaceous plants suitable for cultivation on the rockery or as edging in the border.

Plant from November to October in an ordinary soil. They will grow in either sun or shade, and like a day position. Increase by division of roots in spring. Also, seeds may be sown in the open ground in April.

A few of the best varieties for cultivation in the amateurs garden are: S. Ewersii, purple-pink, 6 in.

S. kamtschaticum, yellow, 6 in.

S. lydium, pink, crimson foliage in autumn, 3 in.

S. Middendorfianum, gold, 6 in.

S. Seiboldii, pink, 9 in.

S. ccerulcum, blue stonecrop.

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