A. Likes good soil and warm, sunny position, but will do well almost anywhere. Sow seed in spring, or early autumn on light, well-drained soils. Sow in flowering positions, thinning to about 10 in. apart. Heights vary from 1 ft. to 4 ft. depending on variety and strain. The dwarf hyacinth-flowered strain reaches 1 ft. and should be grown more widely. The tall stock-flowered group attains a’Va—3 & and includes Los Angeles which is salmon-rose and Rosy Scarlet (the name describes the colour). These varieties are particularly useful for cutting. The giant imperial varieties branch from the base with extra long flower spikes. Blue Spire is Oxford blue, Lilac Spire a pleasing lilac and Miss California pink and salmon. They are 3 ½ —4 ft.

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