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: 'Pacific Beauty' canna

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Cannas rise to new heights as Summer wanes.  The mango flowers of 'Pacific Beauty' seem to soak in the hottest heat and radiate it right back: This hot flower, in the hottest season, is way cool.

 

The yellow-orange of the three larger petals is only part of the story.  The two smaller petals—one tightly furled, one extending outward like a sassy tongue—are bittersweet melting to vermilion. 

 

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Pale-yellow pollen is sprinkled about like white pepper, only adding to the heat.

 

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The narrow leaves have burgundy veins and a pewter-and-purple blush to the backside and perimeter that just misses (whew!) veering all the way to lavender and blue.

 

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Pacific Beauty will grow in soil with normal moisture, but is at its lushest when sited in mud or even shallow water.  Then you could partner with another aquatic plant that smolders in hot weather, the orange-flowered wisteria cousin, Rattlebox

 

Here's how to grow this shamelessly colorful perennial.

 
 
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