Author Archives: Allan Armitage

About Allan Armitage

Allan Armitage (allan@greenhouse is a professor in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.

A Heck Of A Day

I am in a somewhat pensive mood today. We need only to watch the news or read the paper to see that there are lots of bad things going on in the world and realize bad things can happen to good people.  But the fact is, there are many more good people than bad, and

Caladiums Can Be Solution To Shade Problems

When I visited family in Montreal last month, a relative asked me a gardening question. “My impatiens all died. What happened?” I explained the problem, and even showed her the illustrations on my app. After I finished, she asked, “Now what should I do with my shade?” A slightly different version of this conversation took

Dig A $10 Hole For A 10¢ Plant [opinion]

I know I am not really becoming older, and I know I am certainly not growing wiser. Yet every now and then I learn that something I’ve said in the past has taken root in the minds of many people, and it reappears in the most extraordinary ways. I often tell my students that what

Penstemons Merit More Attention

In the Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia, we look at dozens of echinaceas, heucheras, hibiscus, iris and most of the popular genera. For good reason, that is what people are buying — and any data is good data. However, we also evaluate lesser-known genera such as pulmonaria, drimiopsis, silene and penstemon. The latter

Allan Armitage On His Favorites At Florist Holland, Hort Couture, PlantHaven, Flamingo Holland and Ball

Florist Having visited Florist in years past, I was looking forward to seeing some gerbera daisies, and I was certainly not disappointed. I am not sure how many of you grow gerberas, but those that do must check out their innovative selections. Some of the biggest flowers in the most outrageous colors can be found

California Spring Trials 2013: Allan Armitage On His Favorites At Dümmen, Floranova and Skagit Gardens

DümmenAs always at Dümmen, a spectacular sight greeted my eyes. The plant material at Dümmen literally shone as if polished. One of the many things Dümmen is known for are their combination plantings.  We have seen examples of excellent combos at other stops but Dümmen keeps expanding the choices, leaving no rock uncolored. Starting with