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

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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Yezo Dwarf Willow



Willows to the left of me, willows to the right of me, willows above me—and here, willows below me.  The huge pond-side weepers are the biggest but by no means the most engaging of this large family's party-worthy relatives.  Meet this ravishing dwarf, growing in one of my troughs.

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Pink-leaved Chestnut



Five days from the first picture of April 19, and we've had some warmth and (just as important) a serious rain.  It takes a lot of water to inflate the large leaves.  And—who knows?—maybe it takes some special energy to turn them pink too.

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