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: 'Black Coral' elephant ear



'Black Coral' is the new ultimate in dark-leaved elephant ears, with glossy foliage so dark it could have been dipped in crude oil.  In New England, this heat-and-humidity lover is at its biggest and best in September, after the Summer months have amped its growth to the max.




The elephant ear's eggplant foliage is particularly jazzy near lighter colors.  Rubus cockburnianus 'Aurea' is at the right, Kalanchoe prolifera in front, and at the back, Solanum quitoense.


Here's how to grow Alocasia 'Sarian', a cousin of Colocasia 'Black Coral'.  Colocasia welcomes even richer soil and even more moisture: Unlike Alocasia, it thrives in saturated mud or even shallow water.  As long as it has the moisture it needs, 'Black Coral' welcomes full sun in even torrid climates.  Otherwise, the care is the same as for Alocasia.


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