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

Hardy Orange: Spring Buds of Flowers & Leaves



Spring, the literal season.  Day by day, even hour by hour, the garden leaps upward and onto the stage. 


All of a sudden, bulbs burst into flower.  Overnight, bleeding hearts are a foot tall.  And here, out of nowhere on this hot and sunny day in late April, the flower buds of the hardy orange have popped like pop-corn.

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The other Gold-leaved Spirea


Gold-leaved spireas?  Ugh: Their pink flowers clash so severely with their gold foliage that aesthetic indigestion is inevitable.  Thankfully, the flowers are the cue for your cure: They're not just pink, they're Pepto Bismol pink.


But the cure for your garden?  This spirea: Gold-leaved, but not pink-flowered.  Gold leaves, white flowers:  'White Gold'.

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Pink-Leaved Chestnut: Pink indeed!


Today the foliage of the Pink-Leaved Chestnut is unfurled and the flower buds revealed.  This Spring beauty has arrived.  It's at the head of the line of the Spring Garden Party, full-frock and dewy-fresh. 

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Pink Snake-Barked Maple


A maple with salmon-pink bark:  Interesting indeed—but interesting enough?  Why not add vertical white stripes.   Well OK:  That's snappy indeed.


But let's not stop there:  But what about the tips of the branches? 

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