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: Variegated Butterbur

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Young leaves of variegated butterbur could scarcely be wilder, with the creamy portions nearly overwhelming the green. In coming weeks, the leaves will expand mightily, to about a foot across. The riotous coloring keeps pace, at least for a time, making this muscular perennial a star of the late-Spring and early-Summer garden.

 

Here's a look at the fully-open flowers as well as the emergent foliage of Petasites japonicus 'Purpureus', whose young foliage is purple, and retains a purple flush into early Summer. The flowers of 'Variegatus' are similar.

 

Here's a look at emerging flowers of Petasites japonicus 'Variegatus', as well as information on how to grow all forms of Petasites japonicus.

 
 
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