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

Today in the Garden of a Lifetime: Variegated Horsechestnut in Leaf

Its flowers shed, and leaves fully extended, this cultivar of variegated horsechestnut has reached the steady state it will hold the rest of the Summer.

 

 

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The leaves’ perimeter of greenish yellow is subtle. It enlivens the whole more than it calls attention to itself.

 

 

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Just as interesting are the puffed-up sections of leaf blade between the veins, which give an unusual seersucker texture.

 

 

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Here's how a flower spike of Aesculus x carnea 'Aureovariegata' appears in bloom.

 

Here's how a flower spike appears when just in bud, only days after emerging.

 

Here's how to grow variegated horsechestnut, whether as a free-range tree or a cleverly-pruned shrub. Plus a look at the large (comparatively) and showy structure that protects the nascent flower spike through the Winter. Sealed with overlapping plate-like scales, it is armored as defiantly as any prop for one of the darker "Batman" movies.

 
 
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