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Armitage's Vines and Climbers: A Gardener's Guide to the Best Vertical Plants

By Allan M. Armitage

Definitely a keeper. Once again, he cuts to the chase and introduces us to some new and not-so-new garden plants. As always, his prose is extremely informative.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Climbing plants are a largely untapped resource for today's gardeners. Because their habit of growth is primarily vertical, they can be used to provide privacy, screen eyesores, and draw the eye upward to create the illusion of space.

In Armitage's Vines and Climbers, renowned horticulturist Allan Armitage selects and profiles the most useful and attractive climbing plants for a wide variety of sites and conditions. The choices include both woody and herbaceous plants, both annuals and perennials. Profiles for more than 115 plants include a general description, hardiness, plant family, best method of propagation, method of climbing, and the etymology of botanical and common names. Climbing plants add an extra dimension to gardening — literally.

By following Armitage's sage advice, gardeners and designers will be well equipped to create dazzling gardens that transcend the boundaries of horizontality.

Awards for this book: American Horticultural Society Book Award

Media reviews

"Armitage does an excellent job at encouraging gardeners to go beyond the common climbers and try something new."

—Richie Steffen, American Gardener

"Definitely a keeper. Once again, he cuts to the chase and introduces us to some new and not-so-new garden plants. As always, his prose is extremely informative."

—Susan Banks, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Based upon his own adroit, hard-won, well-traveled personal experiences, Armitage's engaging plant portraits include practical information on propagation and etymology, backed by lists of specific characteristics and botanical names."

—Alice Joyce, Booklist

"A clever and authoritative guide to perhaps the most neglected category of ornamental plants that is both a pleasure to read and a reference necessity."

—Scott Calhoun, American Gardener

"Who says your garden has to be horizontal? Certainly not Allan Armitage, renowned professor of horticulture at the University of Georgia, who has turned his affable writing style on climbing plants and their under appreciated ability to provide privacy, cover unsightly vistas, and draw the eye upward."

—Jean Ann Van Krevelen, Newsday

"Written with authority, in simple language, with humor. Anyone trying to build a gardening library should think about adding this one."

—Virginia Smith, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Whether you prefer woody vines and climbers or herbaceous ones (that die back to the ground in the winter), Armitage's wisdom will guide you to choose the best selections for the space you want to cover."

—Molly Day, Muskogee Phoenix

"This photo packed primer delivers the pros and cons for 100-plus plants to help gardeners and gardens reach new heights."

—Renee Enna, Chicago Tribune

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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