more about: Trees and Shrubs

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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Cut Your Losses — Time to Prune Winter-Damaged Plants

Hope springs eternal in the garden. Your shrub or tree should have put out leaves a month ago, yet its stems remain bare. Did it just forget spring is almost over? Did it decide to sleep in? Do plants sometimes skip a year? Nope, nope, and nope. Sorry, but it’s time to cut your losses.

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When & How to Prune Azaleas

The azaleas in front of Grumpy’s palace are in full bloom now and looking glorious. But they wouldn’t be if they hadn’t been pruned at the right time. They’d be boring, green blobs. Here’s how to prune azaleas correctly and avoid the state of green blobness so prevalent in our neighborhoods.

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Blimey! This New Lilac Takes the Heat!

When Northerners move to the South, there’s no doubt about the plant they mourn the most — their beloved lilac. Lilacs just don’t bloom here due to our short, mild winters. But now I hear a new lilac is blooming well all the way down to the Gulf Coast! Could this be true?

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Throw-Down Thursday — Grumpy Answers Your Garden Questions

Welcome to Throw-Down Thursday, that sacred time we take each week to answer your most pressing gardening questions with honesty, sensitivity, insight, and — most important — the 1001% correctness you’ve come to expect. Let’s get right to it.

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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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Throw-Down Thursday — Grumpy’s Mailbag

Grumpy’s making a little change is order to provide you with even more timely¬†gardening info. Every Thursday, I will open my voluminous emailbag and answer vital gardening questions that are preying on people’s minds right now. Let’s get to it.¬†

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3 New Plants You Must Have

  As the South’s foremost advocate for rewarding gardening, Grumpy is always on the lookout for new plants that will make your gardening experience even more exhilarating than lunch with Al Gore. Get ready to be wowed by these uber-wonderful newcomers to our Southern Living Plant Collection.

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Should You Amend Your Soil?

Planting time is finally here (except in Minnesota – haaaaaaaaahh!!). So how many of you think it’s a good idea to amend your soil with peat moss and stuff before planting anything? It sounds right, so it has to be right. Right?

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