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Armitage's Vines and Climbers: A Gardener's Guide to the Best Vertical Plantsby Allan M. Armitage
Synopses & Reviews
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.
Book News Annotation:
Armitage, who teaches horticulture at the U. of Georgia, Athens, has considered the vine over many years as a gardener. This handsome volume presents a full selection of vines in an A-Z format by Latin name, with a description of their behavior and attributes, and notes on the varieties, propagation, method of climbing, and etymology. Far from dry and scientific, the entries make irresistable, often funny reading, as Armitage relates his own experiences and those of fellow gardeners in growing and/or controlling the vines (he provides explicit warnings of invasive varieties) as well as the histories of each plant. Heavily illustrated with color plates. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Presents descriptions of 115 ornamental climbing plants, with information on each plant's size, habit, hardiness, flowers, propagation methods, and cultural needs.
About the Author
Widely regarded as one of the world's foremost horticulturists, Allan M. Armitage is a professor at the University of Georgia, Athens, where he teaches, conducts research on new garden plants, and runs the University of Georgia Horticulture Gardens. He travels widely as a lecturer and consultant, and is the recipient of numerous awards from nursery trade groups and horticultural organizations, including the Medal of Honor from the Garden Club of America and the National Educator Award from the American Horticultural Society. He is the author of nine other books, as well as six CDs and two Internet courses for gardeners. Armitage was honored with a Quill and Trowel award from the Garden Writers Association of America, and Greenhouse Grower magazine named him one of the ten most influential people or organizations — ever — in the floriculture industry for "encouraging growers to expand their markets with new annuals, cut flowers, and perennials."
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