Perennial Plant “Bible” Released

by | Aug 18, 2020 | Design, Horticulture, Industry News, Nursery, People, Plants

Horticulture icon Dr. Allan Armitage recently launched the newest edition of his perennial plant masterpiece. Herbaceous Perennial Plants: A Treatise on Their Identification, Culture, and Garden Attributes, 4th edition, hit the shelves in both hardback and paperback editions.

Published by Stipes Publishing LLC, the newest edition of Herbaceous Perennial Plants includes dozens of new species and hundreds of new cultivars from breeders throughout the world.

While Armitage’s comments on morphological characteristics provide sound scientific guidance for gardeners and horticultural fans, his testaments to plants’ “garden worthiness” add a unique, solid perspective for readers deciding which plants will perform best in their spaces.

First published 31 years ago, Herbaceous Perennial Plants quickly became a leading resource in the field of horticulture. Recognized as one of the “best 75 books in the last 75 years” by the American Horticultural Society, Armitage’s book gained ongoing popularity and praise with each new edition for his comprehensive, thoughtful insight into the world of perennials.

The third edition was updated in 2008; the newest edition provides easy-to-read information for more than 500 genera, species, and cultivars used in the gardening and landscape trade. Throughout the 1,100 pages, Armitage includes plant pronunciation guides, more than 300 color photos, observations about plants’ performance, cultivar selection, and current taxonomy.

In the fourth edition, Armitage amplifies and simplifies the many recent changes in plant nomenclature, as well as sharing up to date analysis of the problems with invasive plants. While providing an in-depth reference book, his subtle humor concerning plants and cultivars may bring laughter to the reader. He describes the differences in gardening in the South versus the North, plus he shares his expertise in selection, identification and propagation of perennials for the expert and the beginner.

“In the 12 years since the third edition was published, there have been colossal changes in horticulture,” says Armitage. ”New plants, new cultivars, changing taxonomy, natives and invasives—to say nothing of the people who are actually using our plants—I knew it was time to give my old friend an update.”

Herbaceous Perennial Plants is available through Stipes Publishing and from Dr. Armitage. The book retails for $89.80 (hardbound), $79.80 (paperback). For more information about educational, volume and discounted sales, contact John Hecker, Stipes Publishing, at

About Dr. Allan Armitage

Dr. Allan Armitage is well known as an award-winning writer, speaker, and researcher throughout the world. In addition to 15 books, he’s written hundreds of academic and industry papers, as well as a unique monthly column for Greenhouse Grower for more than 30 years. He is an Emeritus Professor of Horticulture at the University of Georgia (retired 2014).

His app for smartphones and tablets, “Armitage’s Greatest Perennials & Annuals,” serves as a bridge between industry and consumer and is popular for home gardeners and industry professionals alike. He holds academic degrees from McGill University, Canada, University of Guelph, Canada and Michigan State University, USA.

Dr. Armitage introduced more than 20 plants to the gardening community, including bestsellers Verbena ‘Homestead Purple’ and ‘Margarita’ ornamental sweet potato. He’s an in-demand lecturer in Canada, the United States, Portugal, Colombia, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe. He has visited research and production centers throughout the world and studies annuals, perennials, cut flowers, and greenhouse crops in various climates. His tour company, Garden Vistas, organizes tours to the Great Gardens of the World every year for more than 25 years. Learn more and keep in touch at


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