By Allan M. Armitage, Asha Kays, Chris Johnson
Annuals are experiencing a resurgence as brand new gardeners call for a greater variety of concepts. not restricted to monotone bedding vegetation, dozens of "unusual" annuals are actually on hand at backyard facilities in colours and types a long way faraway from the vintage annual mattress of purple petunias or pink geraniums.
within the culture of his vintage Herbaceous Perennial Plants, Allan M. Armitage has compiled descriptions and exams of 245 genera of actual annuals in addition to crops that behave like annuals in USDA zones 1–7. targeting making a choice on the crops, profitable tradition, and their fundamental backyard attributes, Armitage discusses 279 species intimately and summarizes the distinguishing gains of hundreds and hundreds of cultivars, lots of which he has confirmed himself. Classics like begonias and pelargoniums are juxtaposed with newbies from Australia, and all are topic to Armitage's serious eye. colour photographs and line drawings illustrate the textual content, and he indicates extra examining in books, articles, and sites for lots of of the lined genera.
Armitage bases his descriptions on broad own adventure. His frank and conversational sort retains most likely dry info clean, and every access is liberally sprinkled with powerful and occasionally a laugh critiques. worthy lists within the appendix are additional facts of his services, as he compiles biennials, half-hardy perennials, iciness annuals, shade-tolerant vegetation, aromatic crops, mountain climbing crops, and everlastings. those lists expand the volume's software past an important software for horticulturists and nurserymen to a pragmatic consultant for the committed domestic gardener.
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The 3–4" wide leaves are whorled in fours and are obviously pointed. The flowers are also 3–4" wide and rosy purple, darker in the throat. ‘Chocolate Cherry’ offers flowers in the burgundy and wine range, with a brownish throat. Alocasia (al o kay′ see a) elephant ear Araceae The desire for big and tropical has brought the diverse plants of this genus to America. The seventy species show a terrific amount of variability, but they are all characterized by long sheathed petioles, arising from a tuber or rhizome, 094 Armitage P001-540 8:21 PM Page 43 B that carry the large leaves.
Micholitziana (mich o litz ee a′ na) summer wavy alocasia greenish spathe 2–4'/2' Philippines A far more refined plant than Alocasia macrorrhiza, this species bears narrow sagittate leaves with obvious wavy margins. The soft-textured leaves are rich green above and dull green below, showing off clean white to cream veins. The petioles are marbled with brown or purple. Plants are more useful for smaller gardens, growing only to about 3', although more vigor is seen in warmer summers. Primitive and sophisticated at the same time.
A. bettzichiana AA. Plant >12" tall, usually 2–3', stems sprawling or upright . . . A. dentata Additional reading Shi, W. , and X. C. Wang. 1990. The Purifying Efficiency and Mechanism of Aquatic Plants in Ponds. Pergamon Press, New York. Amaranthus (a ma ran′ thus) amaranth Amaranthaceae This genus of sixty widely distributed species is probably best known for the omnipresent red root pigweed, Amaranthus retroflexus, and some of the tumbleweeds, such as A.
Armitage's Manual of Annuals, Biennials, and Half-Hardy Perennials by Allan M. Armitage, Asha Kays, Chris Johnson