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: Gold-leaved Coreopsis



The glowing foliage of 'Lightning Flash' coreopsis brings three months of interest before the flowers come on in August. The leaves have an anise-like scent, too, which deters browsers. And this perennial is hardy from North Dakota to Texas. This perennial is so multi-talented it deserves its own infomercial, with the host shouting, "But wait. There's more!"




By luck, a nearby colony of Alstroemeria 'Sweet Laura' is thriving, and the bright slender edge to its leaves is the same color as the coreopsis leaves. This partnership doesn't stay strong the entire Summer, though. The foliage of 'Lightning Flash' keeps the memory of its intensely-colored Spring foliage as Summer heat comes to stay, but its leaves' increasing proportion of green eventually turns them a hue midway between the dark green and the light yellow of the leaves of the Alstroemeria.


But by the time your disappointment is fully-fledged, the performance of the Coreopsis enters its second act: Small daisies dance at the tips of the stems—and, yes, they are the same color as the yellow leaf edge of the Alstroemeria. I'll create the full profile for Coreopsis tripteris 'Lightning Flash' in August, when the perennial's flowers are full.

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