In the first place, we have at least a hundred wild flowers that we may have to grow on rockeries which are among the world's great treasures. Here again, the flowers are not always native to rocks, yet in every case there is some reason why we cannot expect large, permanent results from them in ordinary garden conditions. Most of them you can grow in woods, if you are fortunate enough to own any; but how many of us do? A thousand can afford a rockery for one who can have a bit of woods.

Common Names

Scientific Names

Colours

Season

Pyxie

Pyxidanthera barbulata

pinkish white

Mar.-May

Shooting Star

Dodecatheon Meadia

pink

Apr.-May

Wild red columbine

Aquilegia Canadensis

red

Apr-May

Virginia bluebells

Mertensia Virginia

blue

May

Shortia

Shortia galacifolia

white

May

Indian pink

Spigelia Marilandica

scarlet

May-July

Lance-leaved sabbatia

Sabbatia lanceolata

white

May-Sept.

Bunchberry

Cornus Canadensis

white

June

Twin flower

Linnta borealis

pink

June-Aug.

Cardinal flower

Lobelia cardinalis

scarlet

Aug.

Butterfly weed

Asclepias tuberosa

orange

Aug.

Fringed gentian

Gentiana crinita

blue

Sept.

This is certainly a superb list enough to inspire any one to build a rockery where these treasures may flourish for years.

THE MIST AT THE RIGHT IS PRODUCED BY THOUSANDS OF LITTLE WHITE FLOWERS OF HEUCHERA MICRANTHA, AN AMERICAN FLOWER.

THE MIST AT THE RIGHT IS PRODUCED BY THOUSANDS OF LITTLE WHITE FLOWERS OF HEUCHERA MICRANTHA, AN AMERICAN FLOWER. YELLOW FLAX AT THE LEFT. FOR ANOTHER HEUCHERA SEE PLATE 80.

THE WRONG WAY TO MAKE AN ALPINE GARDEN IS TO USE MANY LARGE ROCK.

THE WRONG WAY TO MAKE AN ALPINE GARDEN IS TO USE MANY LARGE ROCKS, LEAVE TOO MUCH OF THEM ABOVE GROUND, AND EXPOSE FRESHLY BROKEN SURFACES INSTEAD OF WEATHERED AND MOSSY ONES.

A TYPICAL ENGLISH ROCK GARDEN, SHOWING A GREAT VARIETY OF ALPINE FLOWERS.

A TYPICAL ENGLISH ROCK GARDEN, SHOWING A GREAT VARIETY OF ALPINE FLOWERS. NOTE ALSO THE FOXGLOVES AT THE UPPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THE PICTURE. MR. FREMLIN, WATERINGBURY, KENT. See page 66.

And please remember that there is no longer any excuse for robbing nature of these lovely plants. Every one of them can now be secured from nurseries or in the form of seed.