more about: Annuals and Perennials

Make This Awesome Petunia Planter!

Always on the lookout for great plants and ideas for YOU, Grumpy recently attended Ball Horticultural Company‘s┬áplant 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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I Give You the Christmas Rose!

One of the great things about living in the South is that you can find something blooming in your yard almost every day of the year — including Christmas. And that’s just what Grumpy did this Christmas morning.

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All She Wants For Christmas Is Blue Orchids and Poo!

Christmas brings joy, but it can also bring pain–especially if someone in your family is so insensitive and self-absorbed they never give you what you want. Show those people the error of their ways with these excellent garden gifts chosen by Grumpy.

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Grumpy Serves Up Great Fall Color

I hope you had a great fall before the Polar Vortex lowered the boom. Here at Grumpy Central in Alabama, we had a spectacular autumn. Here are just a few of the stars of the show from Grumpy’s garden and neighborhood.

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Think Pink This Fall! Plant Muhly Grass

Pepto-Bismol pink may not be a traditional autumn color, but you’re going to be seeing it more and more — thanks to a spectacular native plant called pink muhly grass. It’s easy to grow and when sunlight ignites its plumes, it’s like seeing the world through rose-colored glasses.

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