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: False Nettle

This perennial's striking foliage and late-Summer flower tassels ensure its star power from mid-Spring to Fall. More subtle is the cold-season display of slender bare stems. I didn't quite grasp their visual impact until I was, literally, about to grasp a fistful and cut them off as part of Spring clean-up.

 

Just in time, it hit me: These stems are gracefully erect—and are a show that is contrastingly Giacometti-like compared to this plant's dense and tropical look when the stems are clothed with dramatic toothy foliage. And they are as intact and "on point" as ever despite a Winter of historic severity and endurance.

 

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Looking more closely at these attractive brown stems, you can see that their pairs of huge leaves fell away quite cleanly as cold weather descended, leaving scars so small and flat that they don't interrupt the stems' stylish upward thrust.

 

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It's already time to cut the stems off at ground level, because the season's crop of new shoots is just emerging. And—who knew?—those are pink. This perennial's year-round performance is, truly, 365. I'll show off the new shoots in a subsequent post. Stay tuned!

 

 

Here's how to grow Boehmeria platanifolia. 

Here's a look at its intriguing tassel-like flower spikes.

 
 
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