more about: Annuals and Perennials

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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Grow Sunflowers As Big As Your Face!

If you could grow a flower big enough to hide the scowling visage of TV harpy, Nancy Grace, would you? I would too! And I did, just by sowing a single sunflower seed this spring. There’s still plenty of time to grow sunflowers for fall.

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Five Great Plants For Butterflies

Let me tell you how nice butterflies are. They’re bugs and Grumpy likes them. I bet you like them too. To see more of them in your garden, you need to plant flowers that attract them. These five do the job magnificently.

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Daylily — The Easiest Perennial

When asked to suggest just one perennial for a beginning gardener to start with, my answer is always the same — daylily. No other perennial is easier to grow and comes in so many different colors, patterns, forms, and sizes. June is prime daylily time.

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Choose Your Sweetest Flowers

What is the sweetest flower of all? Answer that question and I can probably tell what’s growing in your garden. Of all our senses, I think smell is the one most closely linked to memory. A single whiff of a flower instantly transports you back to a time and place when you encountered it as a child.

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Diana’s Favorite Flower

The late Princess Diana may not have been Southern, but her grace, style, and concern for others certainly made her our kindred spirit. Memories of Diana fill our hearts, but how many of them fill our gardens? See if you can guess which one of the following was Diana’s favorite flower. You might be growing it!

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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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