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


Palm-leaved Ligularia

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I have a dear friend who, at least in her own gardens, eschews daisies of all sorts.  (Roses, too.)  True, their "Hello world!  What a fantastic day it is!" enthusiasm can be mighty broad for these wild times.  For me, though, boldness is the right response to uncertainty.

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Giant Cape Rush

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What an eye-catching stem, with bands of green alternating with mahogany.  Everyone remembers the first time they saw this rush-like plant with the crazy name, Chondropetalum elephantinum

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Plow Breaker

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Plow Breaker?  From these beautiful seeds, and this quickly-growing seedling, grows a grassland perennial from South Africa that eats farm equipment for lunch.

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Pennsylvania rhododendron

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What a shock—in a good way—to be able to have any rhododendron be a part of the garden's Summer peak.  'Pennsylvania' doesn't let Spring tempt it into bloom.  (Then it would be just another rhododendron.)  It waits until July!

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Parrot Glad

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This Parrot Glad seems to be shouting with joy.  "Yes, I'm really hardy—and I'm very much into orange and lime green!"

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