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
"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."
"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."
“Home gardeners finally have an up-to-date, go-to plant directory for vertical gardening … highly recommended.”
"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."
"Armitage's book offers selection help to the vine-shy and vine-challenged."
"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."
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.