Author Archives: Allan Armitage

About Allan Armitage

Allan Armitage was a professor in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Georgia for 30 years. He recently retired and remains an active consultant, author and lecturer.

Popular Perennials At Retail

When discussing perennials, the topic that always comes up is, “What’s new?” There is no doubt that the newest of the new is a talking point and, certainly, having the newest variety provides distance between companies vying for the same dollar. I don’t think anyone would dispute that new is necessary. After all, nobody asks,

The Garden Of The Future

The more I look at the direction landscaping, gardening and consumerism is taking, the more I know I am right. For years we have heard that gardens are getting smaller, young people are too busy and distracted to garden and annual and perennial gardens are just too much work. As someone firmly entrenched in the

It’s Not All About Plants

Most times I travel, observe, absorb and then, I often forget. Every now and then, before I forget, I put these thoughts down on paper. I will try not to bore you with Twitter-like musings, but here are a few things I have noticed. Remember The Little Guys From the California Spring Trials to Top

Trixis, Confettis, Kwiks And More

Combination baskets — mixing plants that years of research show have complimentary colors, habits, flowering time and longevity — have been all the rage in recent years at the California Spring Trials. When viewing the displays at the Trials, the fictional Lake Wobegon comes to mind, where “all the women are strong, all the men

This May Be The Year Of …

It’s early April as I write this. There’s hardly any winter anywhere, and I’m already seeing the look of anticipation on the faces of growers, retailers and consumers. Unemployment is down and hope is up, so I look forward to hearing good news as spring progresses. In my travels here, there and around the California

Knock Outs, Drifts To Face New Competition

Floranova Going to Floranova/Vegetalis is always a highlight for me. They have some excellent mainstream plants and also their much-talked about patio vegetable program. I am particularly enthusiastic about Floranova’s new basket begonia –’Ikon Bronze’. I have trialed the green leaf form of Ikon for many years. It has always been a marvelous plant performer