Steve Bender, The Grumpy Gardener
Steve Bender, The Grumpy Gardener

Steve Bender

Steve Bender is an award-winning author, editor, columnist, and speaker with 38 years experience as Garden Editor, Senior Writer, and Editor-at-Large for Southern Living magazine. Known as The Grumpy Gardener, he shares his horticultural wisdom with with Southerners and garden enthusiasts across the country.
Autumn isn't their only season to shine.
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These super bloomers beat Grandma's old-fashioned impatiens by a country mile.
The empress tree is a beautiful addition to any landscape, but it comes with downsides you should be aware of before planting one.
Mexican Petunia is a resilient plant with the ability to grow well in harsh environments. But that means it can easily become invasive.
Yellow jackets have a bad attitude and painful sting. Here's how to identify and kill them.
Weeping willows are undeniable beauties, but they may not be worth the hassle.
Before pruning your plants, it is always a good idea to consider what time of year is best for pruning them. Want to know which ones you should never chop in the fall? Grumpy's got all the answers.
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Spectacular blossoms adorn early fall.
Learn why you shouldn't pick rubber mulch for your garden and some alternative organic options that are better for the environment and your garden.
Before pruning your plants, it is always a good idea to consider what time of year is best for pruning them. Want to know which ones you should never chop in the fall? Grumpy's got all the answers.
Spectacular blossoms adorn early fall.
Learn why you shouldn't pick rubber mulch for your garden and some alternative organic options that are better for the environment and your garden.
It doesn't matter how safe it sounds if it doesn't work.
This flowering vine is not what your garden needs.
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This yellow and black spider might be big, but it shouldn't be feared. It actually does some good for your garden.
Swap out your invasive Bradford pear tree with one of these under appreciated beauties.
Learn a few simple steps to help your snake plant bloom.
Look out for these leaf spots on your hydrangeas.
Here is a helpful guide to caring for the interesting hosta plant.
The South's blooming season isn't over in the fall.
Smart people plant Chinese pistache, a tree that can fit in most gardens, thrive in most conditions, and provide gorgeous fall color.
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Deer-resistant, cold-hardy, and drought-tolerant, here's how and why you should grow 'Autumn Joy.'
This trailing plant that comes in vivid greens and dark shades is great for containers and even beds.
Grumpy addresses your growing concerns about this iconic Southern tree.
They're tidy, well-behaved, and won't devour your windows and shutters.
These late-blooming magnolias don't get zapped by frost or require pruning.