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: 'Limelight' Salvia

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'Limelight' salvia blooms in late Summer and Fall, with indigo flowers emerging from acid-yellow calyces.  My two clumps of this cultivar of Salvia mexicana have luxuriated all season, growing to seven feet tall and wide.   I'm 6'3", but for the camera to be at "eye level" with the flower spikes, I needed to hold it overhead.

 

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Look closely in the left-center of the picture above:  The very first of the indigo-colored flowers have appeared.  The contrast with the yellow calyces couldn't be more intense, more thrilling.

 

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A bush in full flower must be electric!  Here's hoping more flowers emerge soon. 

 

 

Here's how to grow this statuesque late-season salvia.

 
 
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