Gardening Articles: Flowers :: Perennials

Favorite Perennial Book Just Got Better

by Charlie Nardozzi


Gardeners love a good reference book, and a favorite among perennial gardeners has been Allan Armitage’s Herbaceous Perennial Plants. Now a new edition has been released that promises to be even more entertaining and informative than its predecessor.

Herbaceous Perennial Plants, A Treatise on Their Identification, Culture, and Garden Attributes, Third Edition (Stipes Publishing, 2008; $68)is a big improvement over the previous edition. One of the drawbacks to the previous edition was the lack of photographs. Although Armitage has a witty and descriptive writing style, there’s nothing more frustrating to a gardener than not being able to see the plants he raves about. The third edition has more than 300 photographs, along with hundreds of new plants. For the avid perennial gardener, it’s a must-have for identifying, selecting, and growing various perennial flowers. There’s even a scientific and common name index to help with identifying a favorite flower.

For more information on this new book, go to: Armitage’s World of Horticulture .

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