Armitage's Garden Annuals: A Color Encyclopedia

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Horticulturists, students, and dedicated home gardeners will be familiar with Armitage's authority on this topic from his more technical Manual of Annuals, Biennials, and Half-Hardy Perennials. That volume was singled out as a winner of the Choice Academic Book Award, the American Horticultural Society Book Award, and the Garden Writers of America Golden Globe Award. While this new offering is a perfect pictorial companion to the Manual, it also stands alone with its personal commentary and inspiring advice on ...
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Horticulturists, students, and dedicated home gardeners will be familiar with Armitage's authority on this topic from his more technical Manual of Annuals, Biennials, and Half-Hardy Perennials. That volume was singled out as a winner of the Choice Academic Book Award, the American Horticultural Society Book Award, and the Garden Writers of America Golden Globe Award. While this new offering is a perfect pictorial companion to the Manual, it also stands alone with its personal commentary and inspiring advice on the most interesting, important, or overlooked plants. Armitage selects proven specimens from nearly 200 genera of plants and evaluates their garden-worthiness and sheer beauty. With humor, authority, and a wealth of practical experience, Armitage offers invaluable insights into those plants that truly earn their keep — and a few that do not! He has illustrated the entries with more than 1300 stunning color photos, rounded out by more than two dozen helpful lists of plants suitable for particular situations or uses, including plants for cool-summer areas, plants for dry situations, edible plants, container plants, shade plants, vines, and flowers for cutting.
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Editorial Reviews

National Gardener
"A perfect edition to round out your horticulture library..down-to-earth..the latest in garden annuals along with those long considered the best for the annual garden."
— Joanne S. Carpender, August 2004
San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles
"A comprehensive and boldly colorful resource for anyone looking for just the right annual for their garden ... beautiful photos and to-the-point text are perfectly balanced."— San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles, July 2004
People Places Plants
"Nobody knows annuals better than Allan Armitage."
—George Weigel, Summer 2004
Detroit Free Press

"Armitage is not only crammed with great information - the photos showing mature growth habit of many of the plants is invaluable."
— Nancy Szerlag

National Gardener - Joanne S. Carpender
"A perfect edition to round out your horticulture library..down-to-earth..the latest in garden annuals along with those long considered the best for the annual garden."— Joanne S. Carpender, National Gardener, August 2004
People Places Plants - George Weigel
"Nobody knows annuals better than Allan Armitage."—George Weigel, People Places Plants, Summer 2004
Detroit Free Press - Nancy Szerlag
"Armitage is not only crammed with great information - the photos showing mature growth habit of many of the plants is invaluable."
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"Armitage is not only crammed with great information - the photos showing mature growth habit of many of the plants is invaluable."

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Armitage (horticulture, Univ. of Georgia, Athens) has written a companion volume to his Armitage's Manual of Annuals, Biennials, and Half-Hardy Perennials. This new encyclopedia, lavishly illustrated with over 1300 color photographs, explores the range of annuals from the well-known petunia to the more unusual, less well known Ganges primrose. Arranged by scientific name, each entry includes common name, descriptions of selected species and cultivars, and recommendations of cultivars that perform well. The book also includes lists of annuals for various uses, e.g., edging, foliage, shade, or fragrance. An easy conversational style and personal anecdotes make for enjoyable reading, but there is minimal cultural information; gardeners, may want to turn to Armitage's Manual for such details, although the manual lacks the photos of this new resource. While Armitage's Garden Annuals will be useful for experienced gardeners looking for ideas beyond traditional bedding plants, beginners will find Taylor's Guide to Annuals less intimidating.-Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881926170
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/15/2004
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 11.31 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author


Widely regarded as one of the world's foremost horticulturists, Allan M. Armitage is a professor at the University of Georgia, Athens, where he teaches, conducts research on new garden plants, and runs the University of Georgia Horticulture Gardens. He travels widely as a lecturer and consultant, and is the recipient of numerous awards from nursery trade groups and horticultural organizations, including the Medal of Honor from the Garden Club of America and the National Educator Award from the American Horticultural Society. He is the author of nine other books, as well as six CDs and two Internet courses for gardeners. Armitage was honored with a Quill and Trowel award from the Garden Writers Association of America, and Greenhouse Grower magazine named him one of the ten most influential people or organizations — ever — in the floriculture industry for "encouraging growers to expand their markets with new annuals, cut flowers, and perennials."
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