Here’s the biggest tome to hit my doorstep in recent months. A 1108-page paperback, Allan Armitage’s third edition of Herbaceous Perennial Plants promises to differ from the last version of it (published in 1997) thusly:
Hundreds of new cultivars that weren’t in existence in 1997
* Dozens of new genera
Up to date changes in taxonomy
Approximately 1050 pages
Over 280 photos placed throughout the text
Far better editorial control
Sounds good. I have had this for a while, but have barely dipped into it, except to look into some differences between rudbeckia cultivars and to survey a surprisingly good section on lilium (you never know how these books will treat bulbs). Anyone else looked at this? I hope to be posting an interview with the author soon and wanted to hear some first impressions.
Personally, I love encyclopedic plant books; they make me feel secure, but I use so many annuals that I tend to incline toward Botanica, Flora, or other similar books, which include them. Then we have our friend Graham Rice’s Encyclopedia of Perennials. What’s your go-to tome?