"[This] book is typical Armitage—full of chatty, strongly opinionated, and deeply knowledgeable discussions of both straight species and cultivars." Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune March 12, 2006
"Avoiding all the debates, politics, and preaching that often comes with a discussion of native plants, Armitage speaks to gardeners in a way we can understand and offers us more than 400 pages of plants filled with the information we need to grow them successfully." Steve Aitken, Horticulture Jan/Feb 2007
"In encyclopedic fashion, Armitage critiques each species and its hybrids, embellishing the information with personal accounts of his experiences with these plants. Within the listings of this very complete volume, Armitage offers plant-care practices, flowering characteristics, site selection and preparation, hardiness, ornamental characteristics, regions where plants perform best, and much more." Joel M. Lerner, Washington Post May 20, 2006
"A must-have reference guide for any novice gardener interested in using plants that are beautiful and adaptable in our climate."
“In encyclopedic fashion, Armitage critiques each species and its hybrids, embellishing the information with personal accounts of his experiences with these plants. Within the listings of this very complete volume, Armitage offers plant-care practices, flowering characteristics, site selection and preparation, hardiness, ornamental characteristics, regions where plants perform best and much more.” —The Washington Post “[This] book is typical Armitage — full of chatty, strongly opinionated, and deeply knowledgeble discussions of both straight species and cultivars.” —Chicago Tribune “An essential reference book for nursery people and horticulturalists, home gardeners, and all libraries.” —Library Journal “If you love the beauty of North American plants, and wish to learn more about how to grow them, this book is sure to please.” —American Gardener “Horticulturist Armitage provides gardeners with a useful sourcebook listing hundreds of native plants available in the retail marketplace. . . . the book’s informative plant entries reach beyond comprehensive descriptions of native species to recommended choice cultivars. Armitage’s frankly opinionated, consistently lively writing is illuminating.” —Booklist “A beautifully produced book with exquisite photographs which bring out the stunning beauty of a great number of plants native to North America. Mr. Armitage includes a great deal of useful information, starting with lively and, at times, quirkily opinionated descriptions of the straight species of each plant. This is truly an excellent reference book.” —Washington Gardener “Allan Armitage has written primarily for gardeners ‘who would love to try some native plants but don’t know where to start.’ He should consider that goal reached with flying colors.” —Plant Science Bulletin “Consider this book a celebration of native herbaceous plants that may serve to bridge the gap between native plant nerds and the general gardening public.” —Native Plants “A reference par excellence.” —Christian Science Monitor
This large-format, profusely illustrated hardcover provides a lifetime's worth of information on 630 native North American plant species, including perennials, biennials, and annuals. Each entry provides a general plant description and specific gardening guidelines, including habitat, hardiness, correct garden site, maintenance, and propagation. Over 400 color photographs enhance the easy-to-use text.
Internationally known horticulturalist Armitage (Univ. of Georgia, Athens) has written a book that will address the recent soaring interest in native plants. There is expert yet practical information on more than 630 native species and cultivars of perennials, biennials, and annuals that are readily available to mainstream gardeners. The plants are listed by genus (Aconitum to Zizia) along with the following information: Latin, common, and family name; height and width; habitat; USDA hardiness zones (map not included); recommended garden site and maintenance; and propagation. Native American medicinal uses are included for some plants with the caveat to employ common sense. Personal anecdotes and a sense of humor enliven the text, and 12 lists of plants suitable for various needs and situations, e.g., rabbit-resistant plants, are useful. A "Sources and Resources" section provides lists of nurseries for native plants, plant societies, Internet sites, and books. With more than 400 color photos, this is an essential reference book for nursery people and horticulturalists, home gardeners, and all libraries.-Nancy Myers, Univ. of South Dakota Lib., Vermillion Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.