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seen nothing comparable to the effect produced on our landscapes by Gorse, Broom, Heather, Wild Hyacinths, Hawthorn, and Buttercups;" and these are but a few conspicuous members of our indigenous flora, which is by no means as rich as those of many other cold countries! In every county in the British Isles there are numbers of country seats in which one hundred types of vegetation, novel, yet as beautiful as, or more beautiful than, those admired by Mr. Wallace, may be established ; for there are in the colder parts of Europe, Asia, and other countries, Heaths handsomer than those usually grown, many " wild Hyacinths " besides the common English one, many finer " Buttercups " than those commonly seen, and numbers of Hawthorns besides our common May ; not to speak of many other families and plants equally beautiful. Among the subjects that are usually considered unfit for garden cultivation may be included a goodly number that, grown in gardens, are little addition to them ; I mean subjects like the American Asters, Golden Rods, and like plants, which merely tend to hide the beauty of the choicer and more beautiful border-flowers when planted amongst them. These coarse subjects would be quite at home in copses and woody places, where their blossoms