An A-to-Z guide to the most useful and attractive climbing plants.
Climbing plants are a largely untapped resource for today's gardeners. Because their habit of growth is primarily vertical, they can be used to provide privacy, screening and to create an illusion of space.
In Uncommon Climbers, renowned horticulturist Allan Armitage selects and profiles the most useful and attractive climbing plants for a wide variety of sites and conditions. The choices include woody and herbaceous plants as well as annuals and perennials. Profiles for more than 115 plants include a general description, hardiness, plant family, best method of propagation, method of climbing and the etymology of botanical and common names. Climbing plants add an extra dimension to gardening — literally.
By following Armitage's advice, gardeners and designers will be well equipped to create dazzling gardens.
This is a useful book, well written in an entertaining style, rendering what could have been a rather dry textbook a pleasant read. If it is ideas you want, this book will provide.
The many colour photographs are useful, and every gardener will find here new climbers they will want to grow.