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Award-winning teacher, lecturer, author, and researcher, Armitage is arguably America's finest garden writer. This is one of the first books that every home gardener who is adding a"flower garden" should open up. Armitage, ever opinionated, tells you which plants are frankly worth it. He has also done noteworthy books on annuals and vines, but start here. These are the plants you can add and have multiply, usually for many years to come.
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.”
In this 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.
About 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, and runs the University of Georgia Horticulture Gardens. He travels widely as a lecturer and consultant, and is the recipient of numerous awards 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. 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.”
“A reader can open this book to any page and be ensured of both pleasure and enlightenment.” —Country Gardens
“Its real charm is the descriptions that accompany each plant, written in Armitage’s characteristic engaging, conversational tone. . . . Highly recommended.” —Choice
“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.” —American Reference Books Annual
“This is a terrific resource for gardeners, with 300 new plants added to the 2000 first edition, bringing the total to 1250.” —Reference and Research Book News
“There’s no shortage of endorsements in horticulturalist Allan Armitage’s revised collection of 1,250 perennials.” —Houston Chronicle
“Engaging descriptions and personal experiences.” —Virginian-Pilot
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