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: 'Silver Umbrellas' aralia, in full foliage and flower

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In the warm months, the paleolithic trunk and branches of Japanese tree angelica are hidden under a cloud of palm-like foliage and huge heads of tiny white flowers.  It's an astounding change.

 

The leaves can be four or even five feet long, and two or three feet wide.  They are made up of innumerable small leaflets that, in this cultivar, 'Silver Umbrellas', are heavily margined with white.

 

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In August, the tips of the branches develop gigantic clusters of minute white flowers.  The clusters can be a yard across, with hundreds and hundreds of tiny flowers in them.

 

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Insect pollinators are delirious.  The entire bush hums with a veritable traffic din of hundreds and hundreds of bees, wasps, flies, and who-knows-what-else.  There are about eight bees foraging intently amid the clusters below.  How many can you spot?

 

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Huge leaves made of hundreds of leaflets.  Huge flowerheads of hundreds of flowers, attracting hundreds of pollinators:  Tree angelica in bloom is truly a cast of many thousands.

 

Here's how to grow this astonishing variegated shrub.

 
 
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