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: Lavender Beautyberry

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Metallic-lavender berries, and by the thousands!  How could any garden be without beautyberry?  This one is Callicarpa dichotoma, two to four feet tall and wide.  With sun, decent drainage, and good soil, it produces the staggeringly prolific display you see here. 

 

The tops of the berries in clusters that get the most sun—those more toward the tips of the stems—are usually lighter.

 

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Clusters that are borne farther down the stems don't receive as much direct sun, and are often darker. 

 

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I also grow the white-berried form, as well as a lavender-berried cultivar, 'Duet', that has variegated leaves.  It's hard to restrain yourself with beautyberries.  Next Spring, I'll plant Callicarpa americana, with lavender berries that are even larger.  Unique in the genus, it's hardy right down into the tropics: I enjoy seeing it outside bungalows in Key West.

 

Here's how to grow this easy and "fruit-full" bush.

 

 
 
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