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Gardening for the Million by Pink, Alfred

Gardening for the Million by Pink, Alfred

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It is with the object of stimulating the cultivation of gardens still more beautiful than those generally to be met
with that the present volume has been written. It has not been thought necessary to repeat in each case the
times when the seeds of the various flowers and plants are to be sown. A careful attention to the remarks made
under the headings of "Annuals," "Biennials," "Perennials," and "Seed-Sowing" will supply all the
information needed. That the work may prove useful to those at least who supervise their own gardens is the
sincere wish of the author.

AAaron's Rod.\u2014See "Solidago."
Abelia.\ue000Very ornamental evergreen shrubs, bearing tubular, funnel-shaped flowers. They succeed in any
ordinary soil if the situation is warm and sheltered, and are readily raised by cuttings. Height, 3 ft. to 4 ft.
Abies (Spruce Firs).\ue001Among these ornamental conifers mention may be made of the beautiful Japanese
Spruce Ajanensis, which grows freely in most soils and has dual-coloured leaves\ue002dark green on the upper
surface and silvery white underneath; this makes a grand single specimen anywhere. The White Spruce (Abies
Alba Glauca) is a rapid grower, but while it is small makes a lovely show in the border; it prefers a moist

situation. Of the slow-growing and dwarf varieties Gregorii is a favourite. The Caerulea, or Blue Spruce, is also very beautiful. Clanbrasiliana is a good lawn shrub, never exceeding 4 ft. in height. The Pigmy Spruce (A. Pygmea) is the smallest of all firs, only attaining the height of 1 ft. Any of these may be increased by cuttings.

Abronia.\ue003Handsome half-hardy annual trailers. Grow in sandy peat and multiply by root division. Flowers
in April. Height, 4 in. to 6 in.
Abutilon.\ue004Evergreen greenhouse shrubs of great beauty and easy cultivation. May be raised from seed, or by
cuttings of young shoots placed in spring or summer in sand under glass, or with a bottom heat. Cut the old
plants back in January, and when new shoots appear re-pot the plants. Height, 5 ft. to 8 ft.
Acacia.\ue005Winter and spring flowering greenhouse shrubs with charming flowers and graceful foliage. May be
grown from seed, which should be soaked in warm water for twenty-four hours, or they may be propagated by
layers, cuttings placed in heat, or suckers. They like a rich sandy loam soil. Height, 2 ft. to 3 ft.
Ac\u00e6na.\ue006These shrubby plants are herbaceous and mostly hardy, of a creeping nature, fast growers, and

suitable for dry banks or rough stony places. They flourish best in sandy loam and peat, and may be increased by cuttings placed under glass. The flowers, which are green, are produced in May. The height of the various kinds varies from 3 in. to 2 ft.

Acantholimon Glumaceum (Prickly Thrift).\ue007This is a frame evergreen perennial, thriving in any light, rich
soil. It can be increased by dividing the roots. In May it puts forth its rose-coloured flowers. Height, 3 in.
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Acanthus.\ue008A coarse, yet stately hardy perennial, which has large ornamental foliage, and flowers in August.
It is not particular as to soil or situation, but free space should be given it. Will grow from seed sown from
March to midsummer, or in August or September in a sheltered situation. Will also bear dividing. Height, 3 ft.
Acer (Maple).\ue009Very vigorous plants, suitable when young for pots, and afterwards for the shrubbery. The A.

Negundo Variegata has silvery variegated leaves, which contrast effectively with dark foliage, Campestre
Colchicum Rubrum, with its bright crimson palmate leaves, is very ornamental, as is also Negundo
Californicum Aurem, with its golden-yellow foliage. The Maple grows best in a sandy loam. It may be
increased by cuttings planted in a shaded situation, or by layers, but the choice varieties are best raised from
seed sown as soon as it is ripe.

Achillea Ptarmica (Sneezewort).\ue00aA pure white hardy perennial which blooms in August. The dried leaves,
powdered, produce sneezing. Any soil. Best increased by rooted off-sets. Flowers from July to September.
Height, 1-1/2 ft.
Achimenes.\ue00bFine plants, suitable for the greenhouse, sitting-room, or hanging baskets. Plant six tubers in a

5-in. pot, with their growing ends inclining to the centre and the roots to the edge of the pot, and cover them an inch deep with a compost of peat, loam, and leaf-mould, or a light, sandy soil. Keep them well supplied with liquid manure while in a growing state. Height, 6 in. to 2-1/2 ft.

Aconite (Monk's-Hood or Wolf's-Bane).\ue00cVery pretty and very hardy, and succeeds under the shade of trees;
but being very poisonous should not be grown where there are children. Increased by division or by seeds.
Flowers June to July. Height, 4 ft. (See also "Winter Aconites.")
Acorus (Sweet Flag).\ue00dA hardy bog plant, having an abundance of light-coloured evergreen foliage. It will
grow in any wet soil. Height, 2 ft.
Acroclinium.\ue00eDaisy-like everlastings. Half-hardy annuals suitable for cutting during summer, and for winter

bouquets. Sow in pots in February or March, cover lightly with fine soil, plunge the pot in gentle heat, place a
square of glass on the top, and gradually harden off. Seed may also be sown in the open during May or in
autumn for early flowering. Height, 1 ft.

Acrophyllum Verticillatum.\ue00fA greenhouse evergreen shrub. It will grow in any soil, and may be increased
by cuttings of half-ripened wood. March is its flowering season. Height, 3 ft.
Acrotis.\ue010These are mostly hardy herbaceous plants from South Africa. The soil should consist of two parts

loam and one part leaf-mould, and the situation should be dry and sunny. Seed may be sown early in March in gentle heat, and the plants grown on in a cold frame till May, when they may be planted out a foot apart. They will flower at midsummer. Winter in a warm greenhouse. Height, 2 ft. Some few are of a creeping nature.

Actaea Spicata (Bane Berry).\ue011A hardy herbaceous perennial which delights in a shady position, and will
even grow under trees. It is increased by division of the roots, or it may readily be raised from seed in
ordinary soil. May is its flowering month. Height, 3 ft.
Actinella Grandiflora.\ue012A showy herbaceous plant, bearing large orange-coloured flowers in July. It is not
particular as to soil, and is increased by dividing the roots. Height, 1 ft.
Actinomeris Squarrosa.\ue013This hardy and ornamental herbaceous plant bears heads of bright yellow flowers,
resembling small sunflowers, from June to August. It thrives in any loamy soil, and is easily increased by
dividing the root. Height, 4 ft.
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