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: A New Form of European Beech!

Holy moly! Here's a brand-new shoot of one of the dozen variegated European beeches that, along with a dozen purple thread-leaved European beeches, are forming my Belgian fence. The pattern of its variegation is nothing like that of the rest.




The leaves of Fagus sylvatica 'Luteovariegata' emerge bright yellow-green, as in the picture below. The pattern of the variegation is barely visible, and only becomes prominent by early Summer.




The timing of the variegation of this mutant branch is the reverse: It seems fully revealed right now, when the foliage is just emerging.




I'll revisit this branch to show how the variegation behaves as the season progresses. Could this mutant be market-worthy?


Here's a look at the normal variegation of the foliage of Fagus sylvatica 'Luteovariegata', as well as the thrillingly-narrow purple foliage of the other beech that is forming my Belgian fence, Fagus sylvatica 'Ansorgei'.

Here's how to grow Fagus sylvatica 'Ansorgei', as well as a look at the more muted coloring of the leaves in late Summer.


Here's a look at the Belgian fence overall—as well as at the family of birds that nested there one Spring.

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