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: Berries of Striped Lily-of-the-Valley

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By now, the sensational variegated leaves of the lily-of-the-valley have matured to brown.  It's just dumb luck that I hadn't weeded out more of the Ranunculus repens 'Buttered Popcorn', which is so vigorous and with such slender and far-reaching shoots that it would overwhelm the lily-of-the-valley if not yanked out, and yanked again.

 

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Next season, I'll yank just a bit less, in hopes that more of the fruiting stems of Convallaria majalis "Yellow Striped" can be highlighted against the bright ranunculus foliage.

 

 

Here's how to grow this classy lily-of-the-valley.

 
 
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