5 Low-Maintenance Outdoor Plants Perfect for Decks, Patios, and Balconies
No green-thumb required.
5 Things You Should Know Before You Buy Plants at the Nursery
Have a happier garden with these pro plant-picking tips.
Why You Should Really Plant Garlic ASAP
Fall is the best time to plant this kitchen essential. Here's how to plant garlic, plus the best ways to use it.
Joanna Gaines Just Posted About These Adorable Mini Succulents on Instagram—Here’s Where to Get Them
Leave it to Joanna Gaines to find the perfect tiny cacti for decorating small spaces.
Testing for toxins in soil
Urban gardening is on the rise, but we're taking a look at the best ways to test for toxins in soil and the proper steps that you should take before starting an urban garden.
The One Thing You Need to Do Before Buying a New Plant
This one simple step from two gardening pros can mean the difference between a flourishing plant and a brown one.
Why Cleaning Inside Plants Is Important
According to experts, plant-owners should clean their plants. They collect the same dust that bookshelves and lamps collect. Especially since respiration happens in a plants leaves, they need to be clean in order for that process to properly happen. The best way to clean your plants is wipe them off with a damp cloth, and for really dirty plants pastil soap works wonders. Always remember to wipe gently, scrubbing will hurt they plant.
Cutting Nandina with James Farmer
We went behind the scenes with SL Editor-At-Large James Farmer at his Perry, Georgia cottage to talk about his tricks for holiday entertaining. Turn your natural surroundings into festive decor with James' nandina-cutting tips.
Our 10 Best Container Gardens
If managing a full garden isn't your style, we recommend instead turning to these bright, bountiful container gardens for inspiration. We picked our ten favorites – a variety of outdoor containers, indoor greenery, and porch perfection.
DIY Garden Insect Repellent
Stay one step ahead of ladybugs, aphids, and other plant-eaters with this all-natural insect repellent. A few spritzes on your garden's leaves, and you can protect your greenery from holes and diseases carried by bugs.
Keeping Plants Healthy in the Drought
Pike Nurseries has tips on how to keep your plants healthy using very little water.
Meet the Robot That Mows Your Lawn
The Kobi is a robot that handles outdoor chores like mowing, mulching and throwing snow. Use the app to define physical boundaries, then set it free! Your new best friend will set you back $3,999.
Five Plants for College Students
If your college student has a tendency to water things with PBR, Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender has a couple plants for you. These hardy varieties can skip a watering and still survive – so they're a perfect fit for a young adult's dorm or apartment.
Five Plants That Ain't Worth The Trouble
Rose lovers, we hate to disappoint – but the work and attention that go into these perfectly pruned bushes just ain't worth the trouble. Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender wants to save your valuable time by sharing five plants that reap little reward.
5 Tips To Attract Snakes To Your Yard
Want some slithering friends to come to your yard? Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender has some tips that are sure to bring snakes to your yard. And, if you're like the rest of us who aren't fans of surprise hissing friends, here are five things to avoid.
Why Bradford Pears Are the Worst Tree
For years, the Bradford Pear has been an iconic Southern tree (simply because they're everywhere). Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender is here to tell you that this stinky, oversized tree is not worth the hassle.
Fall Container Gardening
When the rest of your garden starts to wilt, swap out your porch decor for some beautiful fall container gardens filled with cool-weather annuals. These blooms will provide a pop of color to your home's entry, and will survive a freeze.
Mow, Don't Rake, Those Leaves!
In the habit of bagging up fall leaves? Don't. The Grumpy Gardener has another idea for your yard, and it'll lead to enriched soil for your spring plants. So, mow – don't rake!
This NASA-Inspired Garden Grows Food In Your Living Room
Finally, you can grow everything you need for an organic kale smoothie without leaving the house.
Tired of mowing your grass year after year? Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender has come up with some creative solutions to get your front yard looking beautifully. From mulch to turf (yes, turf) to bugleweed, stay tuned for some lawn alternatives.
Grumpy's Best Reader Questions
Over the past decades, Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender has received lots of questions from his loyal garden readers. In honor of SL's 50th anniversary, Grumpy has pulled some of his favorite questions that people are still asking today.
The New York Times: 'I Had to Let My Garden Go'
From The New York Times: Joyce Kippin of Ipswich, Mass., has been a passionate gardener for years, but has lost many plants this year because she has not been able to water them.By: By AINARA TIEFENTHÄLER and JESS BIDGOOD. Watch the original video on Times Video: http://nyti.ms/2deaSJk
Five Great Flowers For Brown Thumbs
Summer gardening can be difficult, especially when the heat sabotages your plants' growth at every turn. If you're an amateur gardener (or a great gardener in need of recommendations!), Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender suggests these five easy plants.
Five Awful Weeds
Weeds are any plant that grow where you don't want them to grow – even if they're pretty. If you're living in the South, Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender has some great advice to take care of these five awful weeds that spread in your garden.
How To Deer-Proof Your Garden
Deer are lovely creatures in the woods, but what about when they're chewing up all of your hard work? Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender has gotten to the root of the issue, and is sharing five plants that deer love to eat and five plants they hate.
Fall Growing Checklist
Prepare your garden for the season by following this month-to-month fall growing guide. From when to plant to tips on how to keep your garden blooming and advice on preparing for the winter, this fall gardening guide will keep your neighbors envious.
Let’s Make It Over: Garden Renovation
Is your garden in desperate need of a makeover? Check out this fabulous garden renovation before you get started. Shopping Editor, Tamara and the Housetohome team take you on a transformation journey that will see this garden go from drab to fab.
Five Awful Plants for the Front of Your House
These five awful plants will crowd your space, spread disease, and are generally unpleasant for the front of your home. For a yard that'll impress all your neighbors, Grumpy recommends staying away from these eyesores.
10 Essential Plants Every Southerner Should Grow
Gardens are the crown jewels of our Southern lifestyle. We've been growing our own food for decades, whether as crops on a farm or raised beds in the backyard. We've pulled together a list of the 10 essential plants every Southerner should grow.
Summer Growing Checklist
Get the most out of your garden this summer with this easy-to-follow growing guide on what blooms to plant and when to grow them. You'll find gardening advice for each month, as well as tips for taking advantage of your Southern greenspace.