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: Bouquet of Variegated Great Burnet



The small cob-like flower clusters of this variegated sanguisorba are such a relief from Fall's usual florals of mums and asters, and fruits such as berries and gourds.


After I had transplanted my colonies two years ago, they were just three feet tall the next season.  By this year, Sanguisorba officinalis 'Shiro Fukirin' had regained its full horsepower.  If only I'd remembered to support the stems, they would have soared to seven feet.  Instead, they crawled as far all along the ground.  Oops.  To salvage this plant's show, I cut the flowers for a bouquet.




By luck, it was a day of cool and California-clear sun.  With such a low-angle glow, even weeds could look good.


Here's how to grow this unusual late-season perennial, whether you want it towering overhead or barely waist-high.


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