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

The Best Season Ever: White-flowered Enkianthus in Bloom

Seven years ago, I introduced white-flowered enkianthus via this very shrub—but in late October, when its incredible burgundy fall foliage was the show. Spring is the time to celebrate this species' namesake thrill, those white flowers.

 

Flowers of the far-more-familiar but misnamed "red"-veined enkianthus are, actually, white—but have so many red veins that lead to reddish-pink petal tips that the overall message is neither red nor white, but pink. Veins and petal tips of flowers of Enkianthus perulatus lack such pigment so, by default, are pure white.

 

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After flowering, whorls of new stems emerge from the tips of last year's growth. The deep pink missing from the pure-white flowers finds itself in the bark of the young stems.  

 

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In a much subtler way than "red"-veined enkianthus, this white-flowered species of enkianthus is also a shrub for pink contexts. 

 

 

Here's a view of the remarkably dark fall foliage of Enkianthus perulatus; by contrast, fall leaves of redvein enkianthus, Enkianthus campanulatus, are a brilliant, flaming red. 

 
 
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