more about: Annuals and Perennials

Cool Plants For Wet Soil

You see it in the description of almost every plant you want to use — “needs well-drained soil.” So what if your soil isn’t well-drained? What if it’s soggier than the home of “Swamp People?” Will anything grow there besides duckweed? Of course. Let Grumpy enlighten you.

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Throw-Down Thursday — Grumpy’s Mailbag

Grumpy’s making a little change is order to provide you with even more timely¬†gardening info. Every Thursday, I will open my voluminous emailbag and answer vital gardening questions that are preying on people’s minds right now. Let’s get to it.¬†

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3 New Plants You Must Have

  As the South’s foremost advocate for rewarding gardening, Grumpy is always on the lookout for new plants that will make your gardening experience even more exhilarating than lunch with Al Gore. Get ready to be wowed by these uber-wonderful newcomers to our Southern Living Plant Collection.

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Should You Amend Your Soil?

Planting time is finally here (except in Minnesota – haaaaaaaaahh!!). So how many of you think it’s a good idea to amend your soil with peat moss and stuff before planting anything? It sounds right, so it has to be right. Right?

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A REAL Lavender for the South! Sweet!

We can grow many great plants in the South, but up until now traditional lavender hasn’t been one of them. It didn’t like our soil and climate and would collapse and die in a heartbeat. But now there’s hope with a new lavender that’s simply ‘Phenomenal.’

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Meet the Love Plants

She’s always been your girl. When the moment is right, you want to respond. But your male dysfunction — that could be a lack of gardening know-how. Fortunately, there’s an answer. A new book by Helen Yoest called Plants with Benefits.

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Paperwhites For Christmas!

Paperwhite narcissus are the best no-fail Christmas flowers of all. Just place the bottoms of the bulbs in water, keep the bulbs at room temperature, and in just a week or two, you have beautiful, fragrant blooms! This is so easy even my wife, Judy, loves doing it. (Please don’t tell her I said that.)

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Make Your Annual Flowers Perennials

There’s a freeze warning out tonight in Grumpy’s neighborhood, which means his annual flowers are doomed. Or are they? Four years ago, Grumpy’s wife bought a one-gallon, coral-pink geranium and planted it in a concrete planter by our front steps. It’s still blooming. How can that be?

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‘Sorbet’ Violas — Sweet Treats for the Fall

Well, the frost zapped Grumpy’s coleus and zinnias, so now I need cool-weather flowers to bloom out front that will give me nonstop color for months and months. And I know just the plants to do it — ‘Sorbet’ violas.

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Scary Plants to Protect House & Home

When you go to bed at night, do you triple-bolt your doors, lock your shutters, jam chair backs under your door knobs, and play recordings of howling hyenas? Home security is a major worry these days, but did you know that certain plants can protect your home? Here are some borderline lethal suggestions to make even the most desperate criminal […]

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