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


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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Pink-leaved Chestnut

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It's Spring, and things move fast:  Excitement might be afoot Tuesday but gone by Saturday.  And you won't want to miss it.

 

Certainly not this plant, the pink-leaved chestnut.  You read right.  Pink.  Look closer:

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Spring is Brutal

     

 

                        

Spring is when gardens finally, well, Spring to life again.  Upward, outward, and onward—except in the case of so many of my own trees and shrubs.  With my help, their Spring direction is downward.  "A little off the top" doesn't begin to describe our little get-together with pruners and loppers and ladders and folding saws.  

 

But it's just this uncompromisingly enthusiastic Spring massacre that will make the garden's July to October peak as big and high and bountiful as it can be.

 

Welcome to a series of Spring prunings.

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Brazen Hussy ranunculus

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Uncommon & Astonishing—and tiny.  And only for a few weeks in Spring, as if a daffodil and a daisy had had a love child who grew up to be gorgeous.

 

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