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


Yezo Dwarf Willow

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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

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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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Bulbine

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In a cool greenhouse meant only for overwintering everything from the Summer gardens, mere survival is the only goal.  It's a special treat when some plants can't resist bursting in bloom anyway.  

 

Like these yellow flower sprays that share their clunky name, surely, with a hand-on-hip sassy-mouthed Southern domestic from a Myra Loy movie of the Thirties:  Bulbine.  "Bul-BEAN"....

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Purple Butterbur

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Every April, strange almost alien green eggs appear atop the gravel at the shady side of the driveway.  When they open up into spheres of countless cream flowers here, they don't look much less alien.  In fact, they look more like the compound insect-like eyes of some unknowable but intensely-observant Other than actual flowers.  

 

Well, let 'em look.

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