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Armitage's Garden Perennials: Second Edition, Fully Revised and Updated

By Allan M. Armitage

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

Country Gardens

Armitage's Garden Perennials is the most comprehensive single-volume photographic resource on perennial plants. In it, renowned horticulturist Allan Armitage describes and illustrates choice perennials in 136 genera, from Acanthus to Zephyranthes. Armitage has evaluated garden plants in Montreal, Canada, East Lansing, Michigan, and Athens, Georgia, thus gaining an appreciation of plant performance throughout North America. At the University of Georgia, he runs the world-class research gardens where new plants from most of the flower breeders in the world are evaluated.

This volume's great strengths are the quality of its more than 1,300 photographs, all taken by the author, and its authoritative presentation of the most interesting, important, or overlooked perennial plants. Based on his own extensive experience, Armitage makes a discerning selection of the best cultivars, from classics to recent cutting-edge introductions. The text of Armitage's Garden Perennials is like a private tutorial with a master teacher — the reader will have no doubt about which plants the author most admires and which fall short.

The plant selections and photographs have been thoroughly updated for the new edition of this classic. Rounded out by lists of plants suitable for particular situations or uses, including plants for wet places, for drought tolerance, and for fragrance, this outstanding reference belongs on the shelf of every gardener who values first-rate, authoritative information.

Media reviews

"Its real charm is the descriptions that accompany each plant, written in Armitage's characteristic engaging, conversational tone. ... Highly recommended."


"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, American Reference Books Annual

"Engaging descriptions and personal experiences."

—Krys Stefansky, Virginian-Pilot

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

Country Gardens

"Offer[s] solid information backed by years of experience, along with personal opinions, anecdotes, and a welcome sense of humor."

Country Gardens

"There's no shortage of endorsements in horticulturalist Allan Armitage's revised collection of 1,250 perennials."

Houston Chronicle

"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

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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