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Horticulture -- Herbaceous Perennials

The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is herbaceous perennials.


Six Superlative Sources

· Perry's Perennial Pages Research, photos, information, links on herbaceous perennials for home garden and commercial audiences worldwide.

· Herbaceous Perennials Production: A Guide from Propagation to Marketing Published July 20, 1998 by Dr. Perry is an update and expansion of the 1987 Cornell Guidelines on Perennial Production. All aspects from propagation to forcing and marketing for commercial growers are covered in over 200 pages. Over half of this is tables on propagation and pests. NRAES, 152 Riley Robb Hall, Cornell University, 4853-5701.

· Herbaceous Perennial Plants. Armitage, Allan M. 1997. 2nd ed. Stipes Publishing, Champaign, IL. Greatly expanded from the original 3000 species and cultivars of the first edition, this new one includes many more bulbs and breadth with more species and updated cultivars. Written in a personal style and interesting it has convenient keys and checklists for large genera, and is accurate taxonomically (as accurate as continuing changes allow!); a must for any perennial grower or enthusiast.

· A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Brickell and Zuk. 1997. DK Publishing. A greatly revised and expanded version of the original British work, covering over 15,000 plants; many photos; one of the best listings of cultivars for the most number of species and general - both indoor and outdoors, temperate and tropical; compiled with the assistance of over 60 specialists in various plant groups.

· Manual of Herbaceous Ornamental Plants. Steven Still. 2nd ed. Stipes Publ., 1994. Softbound text for courses, but very useful as well for gardeners and the industry-- much good descriptive and cultural information on a breadth of plants including annuals, and the more important cultivars with a few color photos.

· Perennial Plant Association The association for the U.S. and world herbaceous perennial industry, growing to landscaping and selling, newsletter, meetings, proceedings and more.

Other Excellent Sources

· The Ball Perennial Manual--Propagation and Production Written by Jim Nau, field trial manager of Ball Seed Co. (one of the largest in the world), this 512 page, hardcover book has information on 149 genera and 300 species. The book covers seed germination, division, cuttings and other forms of propagation and much more. For more information or to order contact Ball Publishing.

· The New Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening. Anthony Huxley. 1992. 4 vols., Stockton Press. THE reference on plants and gardening for the serious--taxonomy, descriptions of plants and gardening practices, famous horticulturists, cultivars, etc. of most the world's plants. Greatly revised and updated from the previous version, and very appropriate for the U.S. as well as the U.K.

· The RHS Plant Finder. An incredible listing from the UK of over 65,000 plants, where to find them in the UK, and much more. Updated yearly, and published through the RHS (Royal Horticulture Society), this is quickly becoming THE taxonomic authority in the world for plant names. Their latest project is to put this, and other plant sources on a CD, along with much more multimedia of interest to gardeners. Visit The Plant Finder web site and find out more and how to order. Updates are usually available in May.

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