Louis Raymond experiments in his own gardens like

a mad scientist, searching out plants that most people have

never seen before & figuring out how to make them perform.- The Boston Globe

…Louis Raymond ensures that trees can grow in Brooklyn…

or just about any other place where concrete consumes

the dirt and skyscrapers shield the sunshine.- USA Today

 
 

NEW Trips to Take!

Myrtle's easy when the conditions are right.

 
 
 
 

NEW Plants to Try!

Louis tries to capture the exact words to describe the fleeting but deep pleasures to be found in these Summer-into-Autumn incredibles.

 
 
 
 

New Gardening to Do!

Allergic to bees? You can still have an exciting garden, full of flowers and color and wildlife.

 
 
 
 

Plant Profiles

Today in the Garden of a Lifetime: Mandarin Honeysuckle, in Bud and Flower

Spring’s deep burgundy foliage is just Act One for ‘Mandarin’. As the weather warms, the foliage transitions to a green that’s undertoned with blue in much the same way as lilypads.

 

 

Act Two is floral. First, clusters of buds take shape. They are green at the base, salmon-colored in the body, and rouged at the tip.

 

 

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Then, they open, displaying a bright orange-yellow interior.

 

 

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The pair of leaves just below the buds are fused, which isn't unusual for honeysuckles.

 

 

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But just into an oval, which isn't unusual for honeysuckles, either. The circular shape and silver-white coloring this pair of fused leaves adopts in ‘Kintzley’s Ghost’ honeysuckle is, alas, unique.

 

 

Here's how to grow Lonicera x 'Mandarin'.

 
 
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