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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
“Armitage does an excellent job at encouraging gardeners to go beyond the common climbers and try something new.” —American Gardener
“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 under appreciated ability to provide privacy, cover unsightly vistas, and draw the eye upward.” —Newsday
“This photo packed primer delivers the pros and cons for 100-plus plants to help gardeners and gardens reach new heights.” —Chicago Tribune
“Written with authority, in simple language, with humor. Anyone trying to build a gardening library should think about adding this one.” —Philadelphia Inquirer
“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.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“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.” —Muskogee Phoenix
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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.
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!