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: Gold-leaved Siberian Dogwood

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There was a light frost last night—but it isn't an early Fall chill that caused the leaves of this Siberian dogwood to shine.  They're bright gold all season long.

 

Bright colors are even more exciting when paired with darker.  The stems of my Cornus alba 'Aurea' swarm around the deep green spire of a columnar Japanese holly, Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'  . 

 

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For Gold-leaved Siberian dogwood, Winter isn't the off season.  The gold foliage drops away and the bark of the young stems becomes bright orange, yellow, and red.  You can see the beginnings of this stunning annual show in these stems' reddish blush.

 

Here's how to grow this easy colorful shrub.

 

 
 
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