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Armitage's Garden Annuals: A Color Encyclopedia

By Allan M. Armitage

Nobody knows annuals better than Allan Armitage.

People Places Plants

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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Media reviews

"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

"Nobody knows annuals better than Allan Armitage."

—George Weigel, People Places Plants

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

—Nancy Szerlag, Detroit Free Press

"The author's humor and extensive experience in the field make this an excellent addition to any gardener's library."

—Barbara Miller, Gardens North

"Very readable and interesting."

—Marge Howard-Jones, California Garden


—Jean S. Wexler, Vineyard Gazette

"With humor and wisdom, [Armitage] offers insights on the plants that earn their keep and a few that do not."

—Suzanne Hively, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Allan Armitage takes annuals seriously ... Armitage offers a wealth of information on individual plants, plus helpful lists of annuals for special situations."

—Liz Ball, Springfield Press

"Its contents will save you time and effort in caring for annuals, as well as introduce you to new, ususual varieties suitable for your garden."

—Patricia A. Taylor, Trenton Times

"Informative and entertaining."

—Ethel Fried, Manchester (CT) Journal Inquirer

"The latest in a stable of marvelous gardening books by Allan M. Armitage ... with [this] new book, you can ... be among the first to appreciate ... newly introduced plants, as well as new forms and colors of old favorites."

—Lee Anne White, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"[Armitage's book] makes a fine basis from which to create knock-out containers and border plantings this year and for many years to come."

—Pauline Poparad, Chesterton Tribune

"This is a worthy companion to his Armitage's Garden Perennials."

Floral and Nursery Times

"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

"You will take this 367 page encyclopedia off the shelf in March and keep it on your desk or workbench until at least the end of May; it's a must-have in the reference section of your books on flowers."

—Joel M. Lerner, Washington Post

"A glib tone is the endearing imprimatur of the author."

—Diane M. Calabrese, American Reference Books Annual

"A browse through these inspiring pages is sure to stimulate the appetite for expanding next summer's collection of annual flowers."

—Helen Chesnut, Victoria Times Colonist

"This book is like a private tutorial with a master teacher."

Michigan Gardener

"Entries in this book will whet your appetite for all kinds of beautiful new flowers."

Audobon Naturalist News

"Easy to use and full of practical advice."

—Bobbie Schwartz, Buckeye

"A conversational narrative as down-to-earth as he is himself."

—Liz Ball, Yardening

"After borrowing a friend's, I was quick to get a copy of my own to add to my library. It's full of photographs and is very easy to work with."

—Petra McLean, Armchair Gardening

"The plant information is informative and up-to-date. Armitage, a horticulture professor at the University of Georgia, includes the newest varieties and gives basic details on planting."

—Nancy Brachey, Charlotte Observer

"A beautifully photographed, nicely written and well organized encyclopedia."

—Marianne Binetti, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"The perfect book to go along with the perfect annual is Allan Armitage's new book Armitage's Garden Annuals. This will become a great reference guide to get you through any garden season. It is an impressive book ... and worth every penny to a gardener."

—Linda Cobb, "In the Garden", WSPA-TV

About the author

Allan M. Armitage

Regarded as one of the world's foremost horticulturists, Allan M. Armitage travels as a lecturer and consultant. Charming and lively as well as knowledgeable, Allan is in constant demand as a speaker, and sees working with plants as therapeutic, exciting, and creative.

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