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


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Louis tries to capture the exact words to describe the fleeting but deep pleasures to be found in these Summer-into-Autumn incredibles.


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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: Foliage of 'Cool Knip' Torch Lily



The foliage of torch lilies can be a sometime thing when Winter descends.  But as long as the weather remains comparatively mild, the clumps of strappy leaves are a welcome touch of evergreen in a garden that inevitably becomes more and more leafless by the New Year.


Even the medusa-like disorder of this large old clump of Kniphofia 'Cool Knip' will become a plus—after I prune the yew hedge in the background, and give the Thuja occidentalis 'Gold Ribbon' at the left its yearly training as a spiral.  The strict and blatantly artificial geometry of the hedge and the spiral will emphasize the wildness of the Kniphofia clump.  The synergism of order-next-to-disorder will make all three plants look more striking.


Here's how to grow 'Cool Knip' torch lily, and to see the clump in flower in high Summer. 

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