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: Hardy Mangrove in Spring

 

Last season, I took the plunge—or rather, I caused two young specimens of hardy mangrove to take the plunge. I planted each of them in a fifteen-gallon galvanized washtub, covered the soil with hefty clumps of moss, and then slowly lowered the washtubs to the bottom of my reflecting pond.

 

 

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Yes, this tree does enjoy growing aquatically and, because of it, Leitneria floridana is unique in hardy horticulture. And don't worry about water quality, either. Brackish, fresh, acid, alkaline: Leitneria doesn't care.

 

 

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Now that these trees are, indeed, established, it's time for some speedy growth. Hardy mangrove is aptly named: It grows aquatically and it suckers to form thickets. With my pond's clear water, the multiple stems will be a show from the ground up, even when the ground is about six inches underwater. 

 

 

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Although this picture doesn't show it well, the foliage is conspicuously glossy, even exceptionally so. From tip to toe, hardy mangrove is a beauty, or at least a marvel.

 

 

Here's how to grow hardy mangrove—and a peek at this tree's seriously glossy leaves.

 
 
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