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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

The Best Season Ever: Short-flowered Sinningia in Bloom

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Sinningias are bullet-proof container specimens; mine are nearing eight years, and are more enthusiastic than ever. This short-flowered species is the last to flower. Palest green spikes of fuzzy buds reveal shiny orange-red blooms with tantalizing sequentiality, higher and higher.


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Eager dense stems bear profuse fuzzy leaves that, for me at least, remain pristine the entire season.


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Sinningia curtiflora would make excellent groundcover where this species is hardy: South of Washington, DC.




Here's how to grow the omega to this species' alpha, Sinningia tubiflora. Its slender blinding-white blossoms are four inches long. Its hardiness and handling are similar.


Here's one of the other essential sinningias, Bananas Foster. Try Towering Inferno, too.

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