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


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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: Fig-like Foliage of the Gold-leaved Paper Mulberry



Young paper mulberries produce simple leaves: oval with a point at the end.  With just a bit of maturity, the tree switches (mostly) to three-lobed leaves more typical of fig trees. Foliage produced on more vigorously growing stems is also much more likely to be lobed and, because the lobed leaves are more interesting, this alone would be a reason to consider pruning your mulberry radically each year: The resultant stems are particularly vigorous.


If the tree hasn't hunkered down in response to drought, new foliage is produced all season—one reason Broussonetia papyrifera 'Golden Shadow' stays bright right until frost.




A couple of the leaves in the picture below have been chewed.  Does the bright-green bug resting on one of the few simple-shaped leaves, in the upper left, have anything do to with it?




Here's hoping this bug's predators are as color-blind as it is.  The mulberry's chrome-yellow foliage could scarcely provide a more vivid contrast to emphasize the bug's position.




Here's how to grow this glorious golden tree.

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