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

Japanese Wood Poppy


Have some shade, good soil, don't live anywhere South of Richmond, VA—or in a hot city anywhere North of it—and want a perennial that will tingle you right to your toes?  Today's your lucky day.

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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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