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


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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: Hips of the 'Geranium' Rose

Finally! After several years of settling in, the 'Geranium' rose has had not just a glorious crop of single, tomato-red flowers.  They've been followed by this shrub's bizarre—but in a good way—hips.




Other rose hips are round, looking like berries or cherry tomatoes. Those of 'Geranium' are shaped like tiny dangling bottles armed with sputnik-like hairs.




Each hip is about an inch long and—as above—is displayed to perfection against any background that is darker. Rosa moyesii 'Geranium' needs little pruning; instead, just allow it to burgeon year by year. Provided your chosen site is sunny and the soil is decent, each season will bring more branches, more Spring flowers, and more Summer-into-Fall hips. Hip, hips, hooray!


Here's how to grow 'Geranium' rose.

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