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: Tree Tobacco

 

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Being chopped back to a leafless four-foot trunk in October sure hasn't given my tree tobacco pause. New sprouts began emerging in December. By February they were already long enough to be pinched. And in April, to be pinched again.

 

The additional tips that pinching so easily stimulates will also bear clusters of pale-yellow flowers in Summer. How handy: Keeping Nicotiana glauca dense is also the way to keep it floriferous.

 

Here's how this tree tobacco looked in early January. It had been chopped back to a bare trunk in October as it was being brought into the greenhouse; by mid-December, new sprouts were already beginning to emerge.

 

Here's how to grow tree tobacco, as well as a look at its profuse and colorful Summer display of yellow flowers.

 
 
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