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: Nally's Lime Dots

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The appeal of willowy blue foliage and goes-with-anything flowers of 'Nally's Lime Dots' was always tempered by the plant's height:  Just as the colony reached the peak—literally—of perfection, the six-foot stems would teeter and splay.

 

This year, my mantra was "It's an aster, you silly goose.  Cut it back by half in June."  And my colonies have never looked better: Three to four feet tall, and—hooray!—completely self supporting.  If the colony hadn't been cut back, it would have grown as tall as I am, not (mostly) waist-high.

 

What if I did the cut-back even earlier, in late May, and then did a second round, just on the new growth, in early July?  Maybe the September "peak" of perfection for Boltonia asteroides 'Nally's Lime Dots' would be only thirty inches.

 

Th quest with this late- and long-flowering perennial is to see how low you both can go.

 

Here's how to grow this hardworking perennial.

 

 
 
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