Armitage's Garden Perennials: A Color Encyclopedia

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Originally published in 2000, Armitage’s Garden Perennials quickly became a garden-shelf classic. Beloved for its well-edited plant selection and Armitage’s trusted advice on choosing and caring for the best plants, Booklist named it “an essential addition to gardening collections.”

Now it’s back and better than ever in this new revised and updated second edition. Renowned horticulturist Allan M. Armitage once again features his discerning selection of more than 1250 of the best...

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Overview

Originally published in 2000, Armitage’s Garden Perennials quickly became a garden-shelf classic. Beloved for its well-edited plant selection and Armitage’s trusted advice on choosing and caring for the best plants, Booklist named it “an essential addition to gardening collections.”

Now it’s back and better than ever in this new revised and updated second edition. Renowned horticulturist Allan M. Armitage once again features his discerning selection of more than 1250 of the best perennials, over 300 of which are new to this edition. Old favorites like phlox and rudbeckia remain, but gardeners will delight in new introductions like the popular Baptisia ‘Carolina Moonlight’ and Echinacea ‘Tangerine Dream’.

Each plant entry includes scientific and common names, hardiness zone information, tips on growth and cultivation, and Armitage’s unique and beloved humor. Supported by more than 1300 color photos, 400 of which are new, and rounded out with useful lists of plants for specific situations, this outstanding reference belongs on the shelf of every gardener who values first-rate, authoritative information.

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
"Has beautiful color photos with descriptions."
— Joel M. Lerner
Horticulture
"Sleek 'pictorial encyclopedia' ... A delight is the light-hearted humor that bubbles throughout."
— Carol Bishop Miller
Fine Gardening
"Armitage loves to spin a story. He tells the truth about perennials from his own rich experiences ... With his humorous asides, you will quickly recognize a kindred spirit who wants to grow every plant yet confesses that he has killed his fair share, just like the rest of us."
— Barbara Blossom Ashmun
Reference and Research Book News
“A Terrific Resource…”
Better Homes and Gardens Country Gardens

“A Terrific Resource…”
American Reference Books Annual

"A reader can open this book to any page and be ensured of both pleasure and enlightenment."
The Washington Post - Joel M. Lerner
"Has beautiful color photos with descriptions."—Joel M. Lerner, Washington Post, May 3, 2003
Horticulture - Carol Bishop Miller
"Sleek 'pictorial encyclopedia' ... A delight is the light-hearted humor that bubbles throughout."—Carol Bishop Miller, Horticulture, April 2001
Fine Gardening - Barbara Blossom Ashmun
"Armitage loves to spin a story. He tells the truth about perennials from his own rich experiences ... With his humorous asides, you will quickly recognize a kindred spirit who wants to grow every plant yet confesses that he has killed his fair share, just like the rest of us."—Barbara Blossom Ashmun, Fine Gardening, March/April 2001
Virginian-Pilot - Krys Stefansky
Engaging descriptions and personal experiences.
Choice
“Its real charm is the descriptions that accompany each plant, written in Armitage’s characteristic engaging, conversational tone … highly recommended.”
Houston Chronicle

Engaging descriptions and personal experiences.
Country Gardens

“There’s no shortage of endorsements in horticulturalist Allan Armitage’s revised collection of 1,250 perennials.”
American Reference Books Annual - Susan C. Awe
"This gorgeous resource will find a home in the library of every gardener who wants current, authoritative information as well as public and academic libraries with gardening enthusiasts."
Choice

"This is a terrific resource for gardeners, with 300 new plants added to the 2000 1st edition, bringing the total to 1250.”
From the Publisher

"A reader can open this book to any page and be ensured of both pleasure and enlightenment."

"-offering solid information backed by years of experience, along with personal opinions, anecdotes, and a welcome sense of humor."

"This gorgeous resource will find a home in the library of every gardener who wants current, authoritative information as well as public and academic libraries with gardening enthusiasts."

Fine Gardening
"Armitage loves to spin a story. He tells the truth about perennials from his own rich experiences ... With his humorous asides, you will quickly recognize a kindred spirit who wants to grow every plant yet confesses that he has killed his fair share, just like the rest of us."—Barbara Blossom Ashmun, Fine Gardening, March/April 2001
— Barbara Blossom Ashmun
The Washington Post
"Has beautiful color photos with descriptions."—Joel M. Lerner, Washington Post, May 3, 2003
— Joel M. Lerner
Horticulture
"Sleek 'pictorial encyclopedia' ... A delight is the light-hearted humor that bubbles throughout."—Carol Bishop Miller, Horticulture, April 2001
— Carol Bishop Miller
Booknews
Armitage (horticulture, U. of Georgia-Athens) provides an encyclopedic listing of readily available garden perennials, with a few unusual species thrown in. Narrating the volume in a personable but opinionated voice, Armitage also includes detailed color photographs; in some cases multiple photos of a single species or cultivar in different seasons and settings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Barbara Blossom Ashmun
Armitage loves to spin a story. He tells the truth about perennials from his own rich experience as a professor of horticulture, a world traveler, and a passionate plant collector. With his humorous asides, you will quickly recognize a kindred spirit who wants to grow every plant yet confess that he has killed his fair share, just like the rest of us.
Fine Gardening
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881924350
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 8.69 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.88 (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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Turns out some of these plants grew wild outside Roman stadiums, used for athletic events, like Christians vs. Lions, and garlands of them were used to crown the champion (usually a lion), hence the common name. Several fine annual species are offered, such as the little-known Lychnis x arkwrightii (better known in the hybrid 'Vesuvius') and the wild, ragged L. floscucli, ragged robin, and its white variant 'Alba'.

Without doubt, two species of Lychnis and their selections reign supreme in American gardens. A native of Eastern Europe, Lychnis chalcedonica, the Maltese cross, has been a garden favorite for many years. Opposite leaves, swollen nodes, and the five-petaled flowers — with petals shaped like a cross — show its affiliation with the dianthus family, and indeed the genera are closely related. The common form and color of the flowers is single and scarlet, but double flowers ('Flore Plena'), rose-colored blooms ('Carnea'), and even flowers of puce ('Murky Puce' — now who would name anything "Murky Puce"?) are occasionally seen. New hues for an old-fashioned plant. Full sun, decent soils, zones 3 to 7.

The other reigning species is the short-lived but explosive Lychnis coronaria, rose campion, characterized by magenta to rosy red flowers and gray woolly leaves. It reseeds itself with abandon: individual plants may disappear, but in general, gardeners will find this plant returning year after year. The species has gaudy purple flowers, but several hybrids, in particular 'Abbotsford Rose', subdue the magenta and replace it with bright rose. For more conservative gardeners, a white selection ('Alba') and a bicolor ('Angel Bush') help to make the garden an even more pleasant place for champions. Full sun to afternoon shade, zones 4 to 7.

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