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

The Best Season Ever: Pink Diamond tree hydrangeas

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The flowers of 'Pink Diamond' tree hydrangeas turn pink quickly.  I have four of the shrubs in training as very tall standards, just like the training I'm giving the quartet of 'Unique' hydrangeas around the reflecting pool.  This is the north pair in early September.  They're seen almost in line, looking towards the back of the carriage house, to the left, and the house itself, to the right.  They are forming their high heads quickly. 

 

By late October, the heads are rosy pink.  

 

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I retained some of the shoots that sprang from the bottom of the trunk, too.  They are keeping to their own schedule, with young, bright-white flowers just emerging.  In front, the big crop of petal-free flowers of 'Nally's Lime Dots' boltonia.

 

By late November, the hydrangea's leaves are gone, and the pink flowers have dried to shades of tan and brown.

 

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The show is still great, and can be made permanent by cutting stems to bring inside for a Winter bouquet.  Left on the shrub, sloppy Winter weather eventually strips the flowers, first the larger infertile ones and then the smaller fertile ones. 

 

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Handily, the harvesting of these stems of dried flowers is just the pruning my shrubs of Hydrangea paniculata 'Pink Diamond' needs to produce their next crop of fresh bloom in Summer. 

 

Here's how to grow a similar tree hydrangea, 'Unique'.  Here's a look at its larger-scale performance this year.


 
 
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