more about: Annuals and Perennials

All She Wants For Christmas Is Blue Orchids and Poo!

Christmas brings joy, but it can also bring pain–especially if someone in your family is so insensitive and self-absorbed they never give you what you want. Show those people the error of their ways with these excellent garden gifts chosen by Grumpy.

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Grumpy Serves Up Great Fall Color

I hope you had a great fall before the Polar Vortex lowered the boom. Here at Grumpy Central in Alabama, we had a spectacular autumn. Here are just a few of the stars of the show from Grumpy’s garden and neighborhood.

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Think Pink This Fall! Plant Muhly Grass

Pepto-Bismol pink may not be a traditional autumn color, but you’re going to be seeing it more and more — thanks to a spectacular native plant called pink muhly grass. It’s easy to grow and when sunlight ignites its plumes, it’s like seeing the world through rose-colored glasses.

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Calling All Hummingbirds! Pineapple Sage

Hummingbirds birds are on the move, either fleeing a volcanic eruption in Iceland or just heading down south for the winter. In either case, they’re looking for nectar-laden flowers to fuel their journey and keep them from dropping from the skies like little winged crullers. And here’s one plant they love — pineapple sage.

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Don’t Let These Marijuana Lookalikes Send You To Jail!

Did you see the video of the guy in Georgia who said police raided his home after they mistook the okra he was growing for marijuana? Okra doesn’t look like pot to me, but maybe it does to a cop hovering 60 feet above in a helicopter. Watch and enjoy!

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The Worst Plant in the World

This plant sure looks pretty, doesn’t it? Kinda like English ivy with kaleidoscopic leaves of red, pink, yellow, and green. It sports pretty white flowers too. DO NOT PLANT IT! If you do, you will be sorrier than Angelina Jolie after she married Billy Bob Thornton.

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The New Spider Flowers — Good Just Got Great

  Bigger isn’t always better in gardening. Two new spider flowers prove the point. Their compact growth and continuous color make them two of the most impressive annuals Grumpy has admired this year.

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Coming Soon! The Greatest Southern Gardening Book of All Time!

Incredibly wise gardeners who bought the last Southern Living Garden Book (above) published in 2004 are always asking me: “When are you going to revise it? A lot has changed in 10 years.” Grumpy has heard your pleas. And he is delighted to announce that an all-new, completely revised edition will set the world on its ear in January 2015!!!

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Get Your Gaudy On With Persian Shield

For lasting color in your garden, don’t get hung up on flowers. Plants with brilliant foliage can add just as much impact for a much longer time. I saw a great example of this yesterday in a beautiful garden in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

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Wahoo! You Have Powdery Mildew

It’s a wonderful morning in a heretofore wonderful world. You walk out to your garden, only to discover to your shame and horror that some miscreant has confused it with a baby’s bottom and showered Johnson’s Baby Powder all over your plants.

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