Hardy and half-hardy bulbous-rooted perennials, generally cultivated in the rock garden-Plant in October or May in a compost of sandy loam and peat. They like a sunny, but sheltered position, with a fair amount of moisture. Increase by offsets removed a:is planted in March.
Some of the best for cultivation in the amateurs garden are: S. Bermudianum, violet-blue, June, 6 in. 8. grandiflorum, red-violet, February-March, 9 in.
S. odoratissimum, yellow, 2 ft.
Snowdrop (Galanthus). Bulbous-rooted plants, with flowers in February. They are suitable for bedding or for naturalizing in grass, etc.
Plant at any time from September to December, setting the bulbs 2 in. deep and 1 in. apart, in ordinary rich soil, They like to grow in shrubberies, beds borders, in grass or on the rockery, where they should be left undisturbed until they show signs of deterioration.
Increase by offsets removed and treated as bulbs.
Seeds may be sown when ripe in sandy soil outdoors, where they will flower when three years old.
Snowdrops may also be grown in fibre in pots, although this is not always very satisfactory.
The best varieties for the amateurs garden are: G. Elwesii, single white.
G. Bysantiims, early flowering.
Soli da go (Golden Rod). Hardy herbaceous plants which will grow in the borders, on banks, or on the margins of ponds.
Plant from October to April in an ordinary soil in a sunny or shady situation. Lift, divide and replant every three or four years.
Increase by division of roots at planting time. Seeds may be sown in April in the open ground.
Some of the best varieties for the amateurs garden are: Ballardi, yellow. 4 ft.
Golden Wings, yellow. 5-6 ft. Vigaurea nuna, golden, September. 2 ft.