Armitage's Manual of Annuals, Biennials, and Half-Hardy by Allan M. Armitage, Asha Kays, Chris Johnson

By Allan M. Armitage, Asha Kays, Chris Johnson

Annuals are experiencing a resurgence as modern gardeners call for a greater variety of strategies. now not limited to monotone bedding vegetation, dozens of "unusual" annuals at the moment are to be had at backyard facilities in shades and kinds a ways faraway from the vintage annual mattress of crimson petunias or pink geraniums.

within the culture of his vintage Herbaceous Perennial Plants, Allan M. Armitage has compiled descriptions and tests of 245 genera of real annuals in addition to crops that behave like annuals in USDA zones 1–7. targeting opting for the vegetation, winning tradition, and their fundamental backyard attributes, Armitage discusses 279 species intimately and summarizes the distinguishing good points of 1000s of cultivars, a lot of which he has demonstrated himself. Classics like begonias and pelargoniums are juxtaposed with newbies from Australia, and all are topic to Armitage's severe eye. colour images and line drawings illustrate the textual content, and he indicates extra studying in books, articles, and websites for lots of of the lined genera.

Armitage bases his descriptions on huge own event. His frank and conversational variety retains in all probability dry information clean, and every access is liberally sprinkled with powerful and occasionally a laugh evaluations. precious lists within the appendix are extra facts of his services, as he compiles biennials, half-hardy perennials, wintry weather annuals, shade-tolerant vegetation, aromatic crops, hiking vegetation, and everlastings. those lists expand the volume's software past an important instrument for horticulturists and nurserymen to a pragmatic consultant for the committed domestic gardener.

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The flowers, held in terminal racemes, consist of an irregular five-lobed corolla (petals) and five sepals. Twisting of the individual flower stems (pedicel) results in the largest lobe being uppermost on each flower. The leaves are usually opposite or in threes. Exceptionally vivid in massed displays, they catch one’s eye even in tubs and pots. There has been very little interest in this genus in American landscapes—an oversight on the part of plant breeders and niche nurseries, I 094 Armitage P001-540 C 8/9/01 8:21 PM Page 47 B 47 ALPINIA think.

CULTIVARS ‘Queen of Africa’ is 3–4' tall but otherwise differs little from the species. ‘Snowflake’ has 2–3" wide flowers and grows 3' tall. ‘White Dill’ bears flowers that are slightly whiter than A. majus. Alternative species Ammi visnaga (green mist) is a much bigger, coarser, and, in my opinion, more beautiful form than false queen anne’s lace. The chartreuse flowers open slowly and are outstanding in the garden. Flowers are useful as cuts as well. Difficult to locate but well worth the search.

A. godseffiana BB. Colors more conspicuous, flowers some shade of red . A. wilkesiana 094 Armitage P001-540 C 8/9/01 8:20 PM Page 31 B 31 ADLUMIA Adlumia (ad loom′ ee a) climbing fumitory Fumariaceae Adlumia fungosa TJ369-5-2001 IMUS 7/TPB004–Armitage’s Manual of Annuals W:6”XH:9” 175L 10 Points Checklist Colour 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 OK The sole representative of this monotypic genus is the climbing biennial vine Adlumia fungosa (climbing fumitory), native to the northeastern United States (thus its other common names, mountain fringe and Allegheny vine).

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