Armitage's Garden Perennials

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...

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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

Reference and Research Book News
"This is a terrific resource for gardeners, with 300 new plants added to the 2000 1st edition, bringing the total to 1250."
Virginian-Pilot
Engaging descriptions and personal experiences.
— Krys Stefansky
Choice
“Its real charm is the descriptions that accompany each plant, written in Armitage’s characteristic engaging, conversational tone … highly recommended.”
Houston Chronicle
“There’s no shortage of endorsements in horticulturalist Allan Armitage’s revised collection of 1,250 perennials.”
Country Gardens
"-offering solid information backed by years of experience, along with personal opinions, anecdotes, and a welcome sense of humor."
American Reference Books Annual
"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."
— Susan C. Awe
Library Journal
Armitage (horticulture, Univ. of Georgia, Athens; Armitage's Native Plants for North American Gardeners) is back with over 300 new perennials in this updated edition of an excellent book. Vibrant color photographs are paired with recommendations for growth and care of over 1250 plants. Armitage does not hesitate to offer candid opinions about the plants, which may occasionally be interpreted as brusque by those unfamiliar with his work. Despite this, novice gardeners will appreciate the approachability of Armitage's style and the humorous anecdotes about his gardening experiences. Also useful for novice gardeners are his recommendations of plants for specific purposes or characteristics (e.g., drought tolerant). Master gardeners will relate to Armitage's authority and coverage of overlooked plants. VERDICT Because of its extensive selection and candid editorial notes, this reference source is highly recommended for all levels of gardeners.—Melissa Mallon, Wichita State Univ. Lib., KS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604690385
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 624,264
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.20 (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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