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 Key West: Striped Dianella

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One of the disorienting pleasures of the tropics is to see the landscape bursting with plants that, back home, are oh-so-tender house plants or specimen containers that are proudly placed on your terrace for the Summer.

 

Up north, striped dianella is just such a signifier of discernment and adventure. Dianella tasmanica 'Variegata' is an (expensive) new sophisticate for smart containers. In Key West, dianella is still smart, still sophisticated—but it's also hardworking as a bullet-proof groundcover for shade. Case in point, this compact front garden.

 

Here's how to grow dianella.

 
 
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