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: Yellow-leaved Sweet Flag

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After a long season of basking in the warm sun, my pot of yellow-leaved sweet flag has grown bigger than ever.  Sitting in a tub that was never not full of water sure didn't hurt, either.  Acorus gramineus 'Ogon' (also known as 'Aureus') will grow "terrestrially," in a regular garden bed, but its greatest happiness is achieved aquatically, growing in shallow water.

 

An adjacent clump of Virginia jumpseed not only hides the tub of water, but also produces the spikes of minute pink-red flowers each September.  They're like fireworks for Lilliputians.

 

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I'll profile Virginia jumpseed in early October.

 

Here's how to grow gold-leaved sweet flag.

 
 
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