more about: Annuals and Perennials

Five Hot Bloomers For A Hot, Dry Summer

Temps here in central Alabama are stuck in the mid-90s. No relief in sight. This drives up my AC bill, water bill, and beer bill. Can’t do anything about the first and third bills, but I can about the second — choose flowers that love heat, bloom all summer, and sip water instead of chug. Check out these five Grumpy […]

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Serve Up Some Sunchokes!

Gardening and cooking often involve leaps of faith. Yesterday, Judy and I spent the morning browsing all the various booths at the Farmer’s Market at Pepper Place in downtown Birmingham. I love farmer’s markets. They have so much stuff and much of it is pretty weird. As Forrest Gump so eloquently put it, “You never know what you’re gonna get.”

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Morning Glory Turns Brown Thumbs Green

Does your tree-of-heaven consider your yard hell? Does your resurrection fern refuse to rise? Does your prayer plant even have one? In other words, are you a horribly incompetent gardener who most plants rightly fear? Well, let’s turn around that sad situation by growing a lovely vine that’s simple as can be. 

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Three Great Flowers To Plant Right Now

I don’t care what’s atop your docket of things to do today — perform brain surgery, bury your dead cat, or track down who’s been texting your husband at 2 AM — blow off all of that stuff and do something much more important. Plant these three flowers now. That other junk can wait.

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Make This Awesome Petunia Planter!

Always on the lookout for great plants and ideas for YOU, Grumpy recently attended Ball Horticultural Company‘s plant trials in lovely Ventura, California. And out of all the wondrous visions my eagle eyes did hit upon, here is my favorite — a tower of velvety red petunias. Now get this — there are only three petunia plants in here. That’s because […]

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This Wildflower Sings The Blues

Blue is the rarest color in the garden, so it only makes sense that we treasure it wherever we find it. Today, I want to sing the praises of a favorite, easy to grow wildflower that gives us a sea of blue every spring. Blue phlox.

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Are Native Plants Always Better? A Grumpy Verdict

People love native plants. They praise their beauty, ease of care, and how gentle and loving they are to the environment. As opposed to evil plants from Europe and Asia, native plants are always well-behaved and a better choice. Or are they?

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Four Salvias To Make You Salivate

If you’ve ever drooled over a plant, you know how embarrassing that can be. You’re a grown adult, for crying out loud, and you’re looking like you need a bib. Nevertheless, certain plants cause me to profusely salivate, like these muy delicioso salvias recently added to our Southern Living Plant Collection. (Dang, I just drooled on the keyboard. What a […]

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Who Wants to Kill Violets?

Violets are such sweet, little wildflowers that it’s hard to believe that anyone other than Dear Leader would want them dead. But believe it or not, Grumpy regularly receives requests for advice on how to eradicate these gentle plants. Has the world gone over to the dark side?

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Five Fearless Predictions For 2015

  Over the years, we have established that Grumpy knows all — not just about the present, but the future too. Powered by several glasses of high-octane eggnog, he turns his Jaundiced Eye of Prognostication towards 2015 and issues five shocking predictions for the coming year.

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