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

 
 

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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: Keeping the Cascade of the St. Augustine Grass

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The huge pot of variegated St. Augustine grass was set on a high pillar in May, to give its remarkably vigorous runners enough height to cascade all Summer and into Fall.  I usually cut off the cascade when bringing the clump into shelter for the Winter.  Would the cascade continue to lengthen if I brought the clump into the greenhouse in this "full Rapunzel" state?

 

A cascade of Stenotaphrum secundatum 'Variegatum' is so dramatic.  As shafts of sunlight find it, the clump seems almost aflame.

 

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This Winter I'll move the pedestal into the greenhouse, too.  The pot of Stenotaphrum will sit atop it instead of being slid under the bench to sit out the cold months in semi-dormancy.  The temperature is warmer when the pot isn't sitting on the ground; I'd also water as needed. 

 

Would the runners remain viable under these more nurturing conditions?  Would they continue to lengthen next Summer as well, leading to an "extreme Rapunzel"?  If so, I'll need to increase the height of the pedestal.  And gladly.

 

 

Here's how to grow this dramatic cascading grass.

 
 
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