more about: Annuals and Perennials

The Perfect Perennial? Bearded Iris

How hard is it to find a perennial that takes hellish heat, bitter cold, plus withering drought and STILL produces powerfully fragrant flowers in a rainbow of colors every spring for the rest of your life? Not hard at all, really. Just ask for bearded iris.

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Are Monarch Butterflies Doomed?

More than three million species of insects exist in the world and people hate just about all of them. We therefore take note when one particular insect, the monarch butterfly, earns universal love and widespread concern. Monarch populations are noticeably declining, so we have to ask: If things keep going the way they are, could monarchs go extinct?

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25 Years of Nonstop Blooms — Thank You, Crown Of Thorns

Lots of plants are called “everblooming,” but when you get them home you find out the story is a bit different. Some skip a week, some skip a month, and you get ticked off. Today, I present a truly everblooming plant — one that has never missed a single day in the 25 years I’ve had it. It’s called crown […]

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December Is The New Spring

I know I shouldn’t complain. It’s the middle of December. It should be windy, raining, cold, and altogether miserable. This is how we spend the holidays in central Alabama. Instead, we’re dining al fresco and walking barefoot. And as you can see from the photo of my rhododendron above, plants are partying like it’s spring break at South Beach.

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Try Some Trilliums

Among all the woodland wildflowers of eastern North America, trilliums rank high among people’s favorites. Named for their three-petaled spring flowers sitting atop whorls of three leaves, they’re found all the way from northeastern Canada to central Alabama and Georgia (USDA Zone 8). White trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) is both the showiest and easiest one to grow. That’s why I just […]

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Behold The Man-Eating Mum

In what appears to be the first case of its kind, forensic investigators have determined that a gardener missing for two days was consumed by a giant chrysanthemum. “Human predation by fall-blooming perennials has long been stuff of legend, but never proven until now,” says lead investigator, Sam O’Nella. “But the DNA evidence is conclusive. The unfortunate victim is now […]

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3 Pretty Spring Flowers To Plant Now

The secret to gardening is planting ahead. So today Grumpy is going to present you with an easy project that will take only minutes to do and have you loving yourself forever next spring. Sow seeds of these three spring flowers. They’re cheap and they’re beautiful.

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Why Grumpy Keeps Grumping On

By my count, this is post #796 for the Grumpy Gardener. That is quite a coincidence, as it exactly matches the number of beers I’ve consumed so far this year. Sometimes I wonder how long I’ll keep writing. Haven’t I provided you, dear readers, with enough snark and jaundiced opinion to last a thousand lifetimes? Then something special happens and […]

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6 Things All New Gardeners Should Know

Young people today are afraid of gardening. They say it’s “hard,” “mystifying,” and “intimidating.” They don’t know where to begin and they’re terrified of making a mistake. To those who shrink in fear at the prospect of tearing open a seed packet lest they suffer a paper cut, let Grumpy comfort you. Master these six basic principles and gardening will […]

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Saucy Salvias Save September

September is usually a terrible month to photograph gardens. All the summer flowers are burned up and the fall flowers have yet to kick in. But Grumpy’s garden is kicking butt, thank you very much, thanks to some great new salvias in our Southern Living Plant Collection, available in better garden centers throughout the known universe.

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