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Sources of Information on Herbaceous Ornamentals

Armitage, Allan M. Herbaceous Perennial Plants: A Treatise on Their Identification, Culture and Garden Attributes. Athens, GA: Varsity Press, 1989. ISBN#0-87563-810-4

Armitage, Allan M. Armitage’s Garden Perennials – A Color Encyclopedia. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 2000. ISBN#0-88192-435-0

Armitage, Allan M. Armitage’s Manual of Annuals, Biennials, and Half-Hardy Perennials. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 2001. ISBN#0-88192-505-5

Armitage, Allan M. Armitage’s Garden Annuals – A Color Encyclopedia. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 2004. ISBN#0-88192-617-5

Bloom, Allan. Perennials for Your Garden. Chicago, IL: Floraprint USA, 1981.

Bloom, Allan. Alpines for Your Garden. Chicago, IL: Floraprint USA, 1981.

Chase, A.R., Daughtrey, Margery and Simone, Gary, W. Diseases of Annuals and Perennials. Batavia, IL: Ball Publishing. ISBN#1-883052-08-4

Clausen, Ruth Rogers and Nicholas H. Ekstrom. Perennials for American Gardens. New York: Random House, 1989.

Cohen, Stephanie and Ondra. The Perennial Gardener’s Design Primer. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing, 2005. ISBN# 1-58017-543-0

Cox, Jeff and Marilyn. The Perennial Garden: Color Harmonies Through the Seasons. Emmaus, PA: Rodale Press, 1985.

Darke, Rick. The Color Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 1999. ISBN#0-88192-464-4

DiSabato-Aust, Tracy. The Well-Tended Perennial Garden. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 1998.

DiSabato-Aust, Tracy. The Well-Designed Mixed Border. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 2003. ISBN#0-88192-559-4

Drew, John K. Pictoral Guide to Hardy Perennials. Kalamazoo, Mich: Merchants Publishing Co., 1984

Duthie, Pam. Continuous Bloom. Batavia, IL, Ball Publishing. 2000. ISBN#1-883052-23-8

Fell, Derek. Essential Perennials: The 100 Best for Design and Cultivation. New York: Crescent Books, 1989.

Greenlee, John. The Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses. Emmaus, PA: Rodale Press, 1992. ISBN#0-87596-100-2

Harper, Pamela J. Designing With Perennials. New York: Macmillan, 1991.

Harper, Pamela J. and Frederick McGourty. Perennials: How to Select, Grow & Enjoy. Tucson, AZ: HP Books, 1985.

Hudak, Joseph. Gardening With Perennials Month by Month. Beaverton, OR: Timber Press, 1985. ISBN#0-88192-264-1

Hobhouse, Penelope. Color In Your Garden. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1985.

Kurz,Don. Illinois Wildflowers. Cave Mountain AK: Cloudland.NET Publishing, 2004. ISBN#1-882906-53-5

Lovejoy, Ann. The American Mixed Border: Gardens for All Seasons. New York: Macmillan, 1993.

Macunovich, Janet. Easy Garden Design. Pownel, VT: Storey Communications,1992. ISBN#0-88266-791-2

McGourty, Frederick. The Perennial Gardener. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1989.

Meyer, Mary Hockenberry. Ornamental Grasses-Decorative Plants for Home and Garden. New York, NY: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1975.

Phillips, Harry R. Growing and Propagating Wild Flowers. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1985.

Phillips, Roger and Martyn Rix. The Random House Book of Perennials. New York: Random House, 1991. (2 volumes)

Phillips, Ellen, and C. Colston Burrell. Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Perennials. Emmaus, PA: Rodale Press, 1993.

Schmid, George W. An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 2002. ISBN# 0-88192-549-7

Sinnes, A. Cort, and Michael D. McKinley. All About Perennials. San Francisco, CA: Ortho Books, Chevron Chemical Company, 1981.

Snyder, Leon C. Native Plants for Northern Gardens. Chanhassan, MN: Anderson Horticultural Library Press, 1991.

Still, Steven M. Herbaceous Ornamental Plants. 3rd ed. Champaign, IL: Stipes Publishing, 1988.

Taylor’s Guide to Perennials. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1986.

Taylor, Patricia. Easy Care of Perennials. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989.

Thomas, Graham Stuart. Perennial Garden Plants. England: J.M. Dent, 1981.

Wilson, Jim. Landscaping With Wildflowers. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1992.

Websites of Interest

Gardening with Perennials

Perry’s Perennial Pages

Perennial Plant Association

Ball Seed