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.

The National Plant Trialing Program Puts All The Plants In One Basket

How many times have you discussed great ideas — ideas that make sense, ideas that would benefit your company or others — but don’t quite get around to using them? Time, money and distractions all conspire to derail idea implementation until finally, with sufficient prodding and poking, the idea begins to take shape. The idea,

Instead Of Flowers [Opinion]

The other night, while watching TV, I was working the remote like a sound mixer at a concert. Volume up, volume down, hit recall channel during commercials … and otherwise driving my wife crazy. As a rule, I mute the most inane commercials; why is driving a truck in the mud so appealing; who buys

Top Performing Perennials

Athens is known as The Classic City of the South. Many of you have visited this lovely college town. The Classic City awards are based on garden performance over the entire season in the Gardens at The University of Georgia (UGA), where spring is glorious, and summers are hot, often dry and rather miserable. Every

Top Performing Perennials

Athens is known as The Classic City of the South. Many of you have visited this lovely college town. The Classic City awards are based on garden performance over the entire season in the Gardens at The University of Georgia (UGA), where spring is glorious, and summers are hot, often dry and rather miserable. Every

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

Chasing The Flags – Market Research From Trial Gardens

During the Trial Gardens at University of Georgia open houses for the industry and the public, we asked visitors to place a small flag marker in their favorite plants. Approximately 700 people shared their passions this year, and the flags provided useful information about what catches the eye in the landscape. This exercise is a

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