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

Early-flowering Borage in Full Foliage

By Summer, early-flowering borage gives no clue that it had ever had a passion for anything other than foliage, with huge heart-shaped leaves that are as thick and overlapping as those of any hosta. Colonies spread diligently, so a single clump will eventually cover several square yards unless restrained.


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The leaves of Trachystemon orientalis are rough to the touch and, so, are pretty much left alone by browsers. At the right in both pictures, you can see the spent flower clusters. These shots are from June; by July, the foliage had fully expanded, hiding the clusters completely.


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In my garden, so many plants are large-scale that early-flowered borage can flow around their shins with pleasure. Onward and outward, please: This borage is a fearless groundcover that goes where no hosta dare. Could any garden have too much of it? Not mine.



Here's how charming early-flowering borage is when in bloom, plus how to grow it.


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