more about: Vines

Five Monster Vines You Must Never Plant

Vines can be beautiful additions to the garden, but some of them are rampaging monsters. Here are five you should NEVER plant if you value your home, your environment, and your sleeping cat.

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Jessamine and Jasmine — Two Fine Vines

They’re vines, they’re evergreen, they have fragrant and showy flowers, and their names sound alike. If you have something in your garden you want covered fast, they just might be the ticket — Carolina jessamine and Confederate jasmine.

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Pruning Trumpet Honeysuckle

Question from Desperate Reader: Could you tell me how and when to prune an ‘Alabama Crimson’ trumpet honeysuckle? Right now, it is a tangled, huge mess, but I don’t want to ruin the spring bloom.

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P. Allen Smith Meets the Grumpy Gardener!

TV’s gardening rock star P. Allen Smith  has received many honors and awards in his illustrious career, but nothing like the one he will be accorded tomorrow. For it is then, at his home in Arkansas, where he will finally realize his life’s ambition — meeting me, the Grumpy Gardener. P. Allen (ever wonder what the “P” stands for? I’ll […]

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Itching to Scratch Some Poison Ivy!

Introducing the Most Hated Plant in America, the plant that has caused more misery, embarrassment , and disfigurement than all of the quack plastic surgeons in Costa Rica put together. Poison ivy. Poison ivy (Toxicondendron radicans) is a rampant vine native to much of the eastern U.S. So for all you dimwits out there who proclaim native plants are always better […]

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Don’t Reject This Rambling Rector — Grumpy Rates A Rose

Every now and again, the Grump likes to escape from the office and see what intelligent people are actually growing. So this week, I hopped into a ramshackle SUV and scooted a couple of hours northwest to Florence, Alabama to visit fellow garden blogger Phillip Oliver.   Phillip’s labyrinthine backyard garden makes the spring garden tour almost every year. Beautiful […]

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Horrible, Wonderful Honeysuckle

Forgive me, but I’m terribly conflicted. I just walked by a plant that I love to see and smell in spring and hate to see anytime else. Japanese honeysuckle. This rampant vine has probably engendered more fond childhood memories than any other plant. Remember when the sudden surprise of honeysuckle fragrance told you that spring was here? Remember pinching off the […]

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Smell My Sweet Clematis

The Grump firmly believes that people should smell good at all times, which is why he showers in Brut every morning. He thinks gardens should smell good too, which is why he covered the arbor entry to his side garden with a vine called Armand clematis. Unlike most species of clematis, this one (Clematis armandii) is evergreen. Each leaf consists of […]

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Six Plants I Still Can’t Live Without

A while back, the Grump linked to highly intelligent garden bloggers from across the country, so that each of us could present “The Six Plants I Can’t Live Without.” It was a lot of fun and incited a lot of discussion and possible future warfare. The July 2009  issue of Southern Living mentions this blogathon, so if you missed it the […]

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Six Plants I Can’t Live Without

Grumpians, what six plants if eliminated from the Universe would drive you to the brink of despair? That is the monumental question I and other bloggers from around the country wrestle with this week. Read my list below, then click on the links to read the other blogs. Don’t agree with our choices? Tell us yours! 1. Native Azaleas—Evergreen azaleas from […]

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