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: 'Sparkling Burgundy' in berry

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The flower spikes of pineapple lilies are stunning.  And from the time it emerges until the flowers are full-on, the strap-like foliage of colorful cultivars such as Eucomis 'Rhode Island Red' or, here, 'Sparkling Burgundy' can be just as powerful:  Deep burgundy that flares blood-red when backlit by sun.

 

After flowering?  OK, the foliage pales to green.  But the show of the flowers just moves into its second act: Large shiny berries so deep a burgundy they could be chocolate.  They stud the thick flower spikes, adding nuggets of dark color to the columns of yellow-green calyces.

 

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The spikes tend to relax totally from their in-bloom commitment to be vertical and proud.  In the shot below, two of them have lolled down into the chrome-yellow foliage of ghost bramble, Rubus cockburnianus 'Aureus'.   

 

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The bramble's startling cold-weather show, of naked and chilly white canes, ensures that this part of the garden remains interesting year-round.

 

Here's how to grow this easy and eccentric bulb.

 

 

 Here's how to grow this easy and electric bramble.

 

 
 
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