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: Black Bamboo, Buried by the Snow

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Black-cane bamboo colonies thrive on either side of the front-door vestibule, with the newest canes reaching to the roof.

 

Because the foliage of Phyllostachys nigra is evergreen, wet snow can stick to it, gradually layering up into heavy mounds. And the bamboo canes—being flexible as, well, bamboo—bend right over. The recent sloppy snow shows just how low bamboo is happy to go.

 

Athough it might seem that canes are crushed, or at least snapped, such damage is rare. As the snow melts, the canes spring back up.

 

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Even if there is damage, there's no downside to cutting those canes to the ground. This late in the season, when the preparatory underground growth for next Spring's canes has long been completed, there's no downside (at least to the future vigor of the colony) to cutting all the canes to the ground. The new crop will emerge this Spring, regardless, and soar quickly. They're not called "shoots" for nothing.

 

Here's how to grow black bamboo.

 
 
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