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.