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Armitage's Vines and Climbers: A Gardener's Guide to the Best Vertical Plants Hardcover – April 7, 2010

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As readers and devotees of his books might expect, in his latest offering, Armitage entertains, challenges, and advocates for vining and climbing plants. The self-proclaimed plant nut doesn’t skip a beat in naming invasive, difficult-to-control species no matter how popular, or in encouraging gardeners to incorporate annual specimens along with prized perennials. At the heart of Armitage’s crackerjack A–Z of vines, gardeners are introduced to exciting and unusual choices, from a monkshood with a scrambling habit, to show-stopping cultivars of climbing hydrangeas, to warm-climate stunners such as Petrea volubilis or purple wreath. Rather than write for beginners, Armitage aims to connect with avid green thumbs who will appreciate the detail in each richly described entry. 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

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"Written with authority, in simple language, with humor. Anyone trying to build a gardening library should think about adding this one."
(Molly Day Philadelphia Inquirer)

"Armitage’s Vines and Climbers…is 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."
(Pitsburgh Post-Gazette)

"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 underappreciated ability to provide privacy, cover unsightly vistas, and draw the eye upward."
(Newsday)

“Home gardeners finally have an up-to-date, go-to plant directory for vertical gardening … highly recommended.”
(Library Journal)

"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."
(Booklist)

"Armitage's book offers selection help to the vine-shy and vine-challenged."

(Patriot News)

"What a great collection of plants [Armitage] has assembled to explain and illustrate the many kinds of vines and climbing plants that can be grown in the US, most in our regions."
(National Gardening Association Regional Reports)

"This photo-packed printer delivers the pros and cons for 100-plus plants to help gardeners and gardens reach new heights."
(Chicago Tribune)

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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (April 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604690399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604690392
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.8 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #727,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By swampsunflower on July 28, 2010
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I heard Allan Armitage interviewed by Walter Reeves on the radio here in Atlanta. I was really excited about getting the book and planned to give it as a gift. I was disappointed. If you'd like to read about vines, you might enjoy this one. But if you are looking for a reference book or a guide book to choosing the best vines for a particular location, this book is a bummer. There is little consistency in the way the information is presented for each plant and no quick identifiers about which do best in sun, shade, or in particular soil. There are some lists at the end of the book, but not enough, and still none about the most basic, sun vs, shade, etc. Very surprising. Entries are laid-out in paragraph form which you must read through. It's very impractical, and surprising that an editor would overlook this. I love books and usually prefer them, but this time I say, save your money and do an internet search. I'm not even sure that I will give it as the gift I intended - if it wasn't going to cost me, I'd return it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Hennessee on January 5, 2011
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I bought this book on a whim. I'm glad I did. It's an excellent guide, comprehensive and detailed. I'd recommend it to every gardener and especially to people like me who love vines.
And a great price too!
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This is yet another wonderful reference work by Armitage!
Moreover, it is in digital format. Making it easier to search and less cumbersome than in print! It is a also less expensive than the print version! Finally, I wish that other authors, such as Dirt, would utilize the digital format!
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By GardenerbobW on March 7, 2015
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Unlike his other books, I believe this is the weakest attempt by Mr. Armitage.
It seems scatter shot by mixing annuals and perennial vines, and leaving out many tropical vines.
I usually think he is a good writer and his other books are well researched, but this book is a disappointment. Thankfully, I only paid $5 for it.
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By Amy Ryberg on May 16, 2014
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Very useful, good guide, lots of good pix and suggestions. It's part of my large, and growing, gardening library. Really useful resource book for both design and horticulture.
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