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: Fall Foliage of the Portal of Persian Ironwood

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Even in late Fall, the easy and yet eccentric appeal of my "portal" of Persian ironwood stays at its peak.  The long, long season of colorful cool-weather foliage shows no sign of flagging, and the density of growth—formed quickly from just one yearly trim—ensures that the portal is full and keeps, fittingly, an architectural solidity. 

 

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Best of all, branches are very cooperative about being trained horizontally to form the portal's lintel.

 

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Why isn't Parrotia persica trumpeted as a tree that's great for hedges, or even topiary?  Maybe you've read it here first.

 

Here's how to grow Persian ironwood.  

 
 
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