cloth, 406 p., $44.95
cloth, 539 p., $39.95
Allan Armitage, one of the best-known horticulturists in the country, in this book examines more than 250 annuals, biennials and perennials suitable for today's gardens. Color photographs and line drawings provide visual keys for identification. Armitage's relaxed prose, spiced with personal experiences, allows the reader to enjoy what otherwise might be dull facts in the hands of another writer. A short preface contains several witty discussions on plants and gardening techniques.
cloth, 160 p., $29.95
Even if you start with only a passing interest, you may find that you are an aficionado of annuals by time you finish Annuals with Style: Design Ideas from Classic to Cutting Edge. That's because Michael Ruggiero, senior curator at the New York Botanical Garden, and Tom Christopher, a contributing editor for Martha Stewart Living, write with such enthusiasm about the flexibility and freedom afforded by these plants. And the authors' relaxed approach to layout makes the whole gardening process seem less intimidating.
paper, 96 p., $8.99
paper, 136 p., $14.95
"New color ideas for the home and garden," that's the description of this guide. Certainly, the opening pages of this book make you feel and see "gardens of annual delight." The garden checklist inspires you to take a planned approach, guiding you on site selection and appropriate annuals in terms of shapes, heights and textures.
cloth, 440 p., $23
This guide is an entirely new book, with an introduction that includes information on how to select, schedule, plant and care for annuals. A gallery of annuals, covering pages 32 through 197, provides details on Abelmoschus manihot through Zinnia peruviana. A second section, entitled "Encyclopedia of Plants," gives details on how to grow specific plants plus additional background facts. With some 400 photographs, easy-to-read descriptions and plenty of advice, this guide will be useful to both experienced and inexperienced gardeners.
paper, 160p., $24.95