Bamboos and other plants of feathery character are generally considered to have a feminine type of beauty. But beauty is, of course, wholly subjective and therefore it would be absurd to follow such considerations far. I will, therefore, merely give a list of hardy plants with pinnate leaves, in order to show that we have plenty that fit our own climate, without importing plants from the tropics for summer use in gardens.
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Roses, especially R. rugosa, multiflora Wichuraiana and their improved varieties.
Closely allied to pinnate beauty is the cut-leaved type of which cosmos and marigold are familiar examples. I shall mention only a few examples that give soft, misty effects and require less care than annuals.
It is needless to pursue these analogies, but there is one great misconception about plants with highly coloured foliage that should be corrected.