10 JANUARY 1931, Page 13

Let no one deny the simple splendour of a mass

of one sort ; but in the smaller garden a great deal is to be said for a bed of mixed annuals. It is troublesome only in one respect.

Failure to produce the " Turkey carpet effect " is inevitable unless varieties of a uniform height are selected, and practically they must be dwarf. Happily one of the most remarkable achievements of the best firms is the stereotyping of size. The plants grow a little higher in good soil than bad, but this affects one sort as much as another ; and if annuals of the common stature given in the catalogues are chosen they will flower in a more or less level carpet. * * *