more about: Annuals and Perennials

Go Bold With Elephant’s Ear

Are you one of demure people who always hides in the back and hopes not to be noticed? Then stop it. Right now. In order to get anywhere in life, you need to attract attention. You can start with your garden. Plant elephant’s ear. There is nothing subtle or shy about it.

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5 Great Flowers For Brown Thumbs & Butterflies

You desperately want beautiful flowers in front of your house all summer long and yet you haven’t acted. You’re not an expert, after all, and what if you pick the wrong flowers and they die pathetically and the neighbors snicker and you feel like a total loser? Fear not, faithful reader! Once again, Grumpy will save you. Here are five […]

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Show Off Your Purple Heart

The recent Memorial Day holiday got Grumpy thinking about a plant to fit the occasion. What better candidate could there be than one called “purple heart?” It’s tough as nails and handles the worst abuse summer dishes out. Plus, if you’re one of those people who craves purple in the garden, nothing does purple like the foliage of purple heart.

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Six Flowers That Sing The Blues

It’s human nature. We disdain what is common and lust for what is rare. This is why gardeners drool over blue blossoms, because blue is the scarcest flower color of all. It also blends well with every other color. If you’re lusting in your heart and soil for blue, here are six great plants to scratch that itch.

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Daylilies Are Easy

When my friend and former Southern Living photographer, Mary Carolyn Pindar, recently posted this daylily photo on Facebook, I told her I was totally going to rip it off for my own uses. As Grumpy is a man of his word, here it is. You can see why both she and I love daylilies. You don’t have to stick to […]

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Meet & Garden With Grumpy In Charleston!

You love Grumpy. You love Charleston. What better way to spend a weekend than by meeting and gardening with the Grump in Charleston? Be still your fluttering heart, it’s true! As part of Southern Living‘s 50th Anniversary Celebration, its editors (including me) will descend on the Holy City June 10-12 to host exciting events involving gardening, shopping, entertaining, homes tours, […]

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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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