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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Plant Profiles

Today in the Garden of a Lifetime: Himalayan Musk Rose Swagging the Korean Pine

Beauty in the garden can arise as much by chance, or by seeing a quirk in a new light—or, in this case, both—as by design.

 

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Quirk:    Last season's needles of the 'Silveray' korean pine adopt an orange-yellow-brown Fall color before dropping.

 

Chance: 'La Mortola' rose can grow quickly; this season, the shrub snuck one of its lengthy new canes into the nearby pine.

 

Beauty:  The bright Fall foliage of the pine powerfully highlights the striking blue foliage of the rose much better than in Summer, when all the pine's needles were a similar shade of blue. The pine's current growth—the blue foliage that will persist through the Winter and next Summer, only to be released from duty next Fall—is just a secondary player in the successful Fall pairing with the rose.

 

Rosa brunonii 'La Mortola' might survive here in my Rhode Island gardens if it were sited in my most sheltered south-facing bed, twined carefully amid the thick, large, protective foliage of a thriving evergreen 'Edith Bogue' magnolia. (So far, I'm keeping this rose in a container, which I overwinter in the greenhouse.) This Pinus koraiensis 'Silveray' is hardy to Nome—no, really!—and prefers the comparative rigor of a fully-exposed location in my pink borders, which are a hundred feet and more away from any possible shelter.

 

The rose and the pine were only within earshot because, without particular forethought, I set the rose's container near the pine for the Summer. Although the rose would definitely be Winter-killed in such an exposed location, it tolerates Fall frost without qualm. I can leave the rose by the pine for a few more weeks, so the vivid partnership of its blue leaves with the pine's Fall needles can last as long as possible.

 

Does the rose foliage also develop Fall coloring—and, if so, would it further the colorful interaction with the pine? Act III of this "two hander" show of rose and pine might be worth viewing. Stay tuned. 

 

Here's how to grow 'La Mortola' rose. Here's how to grow 'Silveray' pine.

 
 
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