Armitage’s Garden Perennials, second edition, is back in print

Allan Armitage shares perennial knowledge with new gardeners and pros

It has been seven years since horticulture icon Dr. Allan Armitage’s popular book Armitage’s Garden Perennials, Second Edition, went out of print. In that time, gardeners and professionals alike have been asking if it will be reprinted. It is with pride and delight that Dr. Armitage announces the book has been revived and is now available.

Published by Echo Point Books & Media, the newest edition of Armitage’s Garden Perennials is a must-have reference for both new and experienced gardeners, allowing readers to discover the beauty and joy perennial plants provide. Thousands of people turned to gardening as they stayed home during the coronavirus pandemic and the global gardening boom shows no signs of slowing down. Writing about hundreds of his favorite perennials, Armitage distills the perennial plant world down to his favorite and

most useful perennials, in a friendly, often humorous way. However, it is the 1,300 beautiful photos that every gardener appreciates. Armitage finds joy in working in the dirt and says without hesitation, “This is gardening, not brain surgery. It is supposed to be fun.”

Dr. Armitage is well known for the ‘bible’ of reference books about perennials, Herbaceous Perennial Plants, 4th Edition. While Armitage’s Garden Perennials is a perfect companion to the former volume, there are many differences. The beginning gardener will love the plethora of photos and more relaxed writing of Armitage’s Garden Perennials, and may soon gravitate to the larger reference book. These books make a wonderful complement to each other. As Armitage states, “This is Perennials 101; the ‘bible’ is Perennials 401”.

Armitage’s Garden Perennials concentrates on more commonly available species and varieties and is ideal for the home gardener or the landscape professional. Armitage profiles more than 1,250 plants, illustrating details and providing tips for successful growing. The thorough, user-friendly reference covers classic plants, like phlox and rudbeckia, while also highlighting new introductions among genera like Arisaema, Echinacea, Heuchera and Podophyllum.

Along with this practical knowledge of the features and benefits of perennials, Armitage also shares personal opinions regarding plant preferences, extolling the virtues of some perennials, and noting which plants fail to pique his interest. His blend of technical expertise and warm, friendly, conversational writing style earned Armitage’s Garden Perennials a prominent spot on the bookshelves of serious gardeners for decades.

Says Armitage, “Gardening should always provide far more pleasure than pain. With the incredible numbers of newbies joining the gardening ranks, I want to help them succeed so they’ll continue to enjoy the journey. My book gives them insight into the world of perennials and how best to incorporate them into their garden plans. It’s also the perfect resource for experienced garden designers who want to show clients beautiful photos of perennials they recommend for installations.”

How to order:
Armitage’s Garden Perennials is available directly from Dr. Armitage at Dr. A will personalize and sign any book purchased through his website. On his website the book retails for $69.95 (hardbound) and $62.95 (paperback). A bundle deal to purchase both Armitage’s Garden Perennials and Herbaceous Perennial Plants together is also offered. Armitage’s Garden Perennials is available through Echo Point Books and Media (

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