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: 'Goshiki' osmanthus, pink & proud



Ah, the first day of Fall.  For several reasons, the garden is burgeoning at a nearly hectic pace: Cooler nights are a restful change from still-warm days.  The amassed horsepower of a long season of growth is all pumping.  And there's the reality of hard frost in a month or six weeks.


It's now or never, and the result is a billowing display that's more vivid than ever.  In the kind of assertive company above, the colors of variegated osmanthus at the center merit a special shout-out.  Mature foliage of Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Goshiki' is green flecked with cream.  Newer foliage is pale yellow.  Newest foliage is such a deep pink it's the color of rosé.




With the glowing leaves of 'Golden Shadow' mulberry at the back, and the white-gold foliage of ghost bramble at the front, the uniquely dark juvenile leaves of 'Goshiki' bring a jot of deeper contrast to this pulsating patch of bright yellow. 




Just out of view to the left are the mature flower spikes of Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy', whose chocolate-burgundy fruits are as dark as the biggest cabernet.  By early Fall, this grouping has proudly declared that it's having a vintage year.


Here's how to grow 'Goshiki' osmanthus.

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