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Armitage's garden annuals : a color encyclopedia
Armitage, A. M. (Allan M.)
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Publication Information:
Portland : Timber Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
368 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes indexes.
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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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Booklist Review

In dedicating his latest book to plant breeders, Armitage conveys his enthusiasm for the breathtaking range of ornamental plants now available to avid gardeners. Many green thumbs specifically count on annuals to bring vibrant color to beds and borders during the traditional growing season, and this encyclopedic reference provides a wealth of photographs to help delineate the ever-increasing arrays of annuals that can be found at nurseries and garden centers. Armitage's lively text is both informative and entertaining, and instead of emphasizing cultivation requirements, he provides savvy, up-to-date recommendations for the most desirable species and cultivars to enliven one's garden, from stunning forms of ornamental okra to fuchsias and tropicals such as ginger lily and the unusual twining vine Basella alba. A terrific resource for gardeners and an essential book for anyone who gardens in warmer regions, where many of these plants are among the choicest of year-round specimens. --Alice Joyce Copyright 2004 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Armitage (horticulture, Univ. of Georgia, Athens) has written a companion volume to his Armitage's Manual of Annuals, Biennials, and Half-Hardy Perennials. This new encyclopedia, lavishly illustrated with over 1300 color photographs, explores the range of annuals from the well-known petunia to the more unusual, less well known Ganges primrose. Arranged by scientific name, each entry includes common name, descriptions of selected species and cultivars, and recommendations of cultivars that perform well. The book also includes lists of annuals for various uses, e.g., edging, foliage, shade, or fragrance. An easy conversational style and personal anecdotes make for enjoyable reading, but there is minimal cultural information; gardeners, may want to turn to Armitage's Manual for such details, although the manual lacks the photos of this new resource. While Armitage's Garden Annuals will be useful for experienced gardeners looking for ideas beyond traditional bedding plants, beginners will find Taylor's Guide to Annuals less intimidating.-Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.