An excellent companion to Armitages’ Herbaceous Perennial Plants book, this one includes many exceptional photographs of each plant (often both in a garden setting and a close up of the flower). Many of the images are of unusual perennials, reflecting the world-wide travels of the author. The photographs also show a variety of creative uses for many of the plants. Clematis, for example, is shown growing up a mailbox post and scrambling over a stone wall - two untraditional methods of growing this beautiful plant. Besides the wonderful bounty of color photographs, 136 different genera of perennials are discussed in paragraph format.
Very handy lists of plants recommended for specific growing conditions (groundcovers, drought, shade, etc) and by flower color and cut flower desirability.