The New Encyclopedia of Daylilies: More Than 1700 Outstanding Selections

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It's no exaggeration to say that daylilies are the premier flowering perennial. From a handful of wild species belonging to the genus Hemerocallis, breeders have produced tens of thousands of hybrids in a dazzling array of colors, patterns, and shapes. Adding to their appeal is their hardiness, ease of care, and ability to combine well with other plants. With so many daylilies currently available, a pictorial guide to the best and most exciting cultivars is essential. More than 1700 daylilies—1400 of them new to ...

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Overview

It's no exaggeration to say that daylilies are the premier flowering perennial. From a handful of wild species belonging to the genus Hemerocallis, breeders have produced tens of thousands of hybrids in a dazzling array of colors, patterns, and shapes. Adding to their appeal is their hardiness, ease of care, and ability to combine well with other plants. With so many daylilies currently available, a pictorial guide to the best and most exciting cultivars is essential. More than 1700 daylilies—1400 of them new to this edition—are illustrated in close-up, detailed photographs. Each photograph is accompanied by a comprehensive description that includes information on color, size, bloom season, and parentage. Also included are chapters on daylily physiology, the history of the genus, the history of daylily hybridizing, hybridization techniques, and cultivation. Peat and Petit have created an authoritative reference and essential resource for anyone—nursery professional, hybridizer, designer, or enthusiast—who wishes to explore the vast potential of these beautiful plants.

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Editorial Reviews

Michigan Gardener
"[The book] is an authoritative reference for anyone who wishes to explore the wide world of daylilies."
Creators Syndicate
"[The book] is an authoritative reference for anyone who wishes to explore the wide world of daylilies."
From the Publisher
"The book isn't just a bunch of pretty pictures … The instructions on how to make your own daylily hybrid sound so easy that I am planning on trying it next summer."
Creators Syndicate
"The book isn't just a bunch of pretty pictures … The instructions on how to make your own daylily hybrid sound so easy that I am planning on trying it next summer."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881928587
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/12/2008
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 357,123
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

John P. Peat of Toronto, Ontario, is a research technician in biology, daylily hybridizer, and nurseryman. He is the owner of Cross Border Daylilies. He is a member of the American Hemerocallis Society and co-author of The Color Encyclopedia of Daylilies.

Ted L. Petit, professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Toronto, breeds daylilies at his Florida garden, Le Petit Jardin. He is a member of the American Hemerocallis Society and co-author of The Color Encyclopedia of Daylilies.

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Table of Contents


Ch. 1 The Daylily Plant 9 Ch. 2 History of the Daylily 18 Ch. 3 History of Daylily Hybridizing 25 Ch. 4 Singles 86 Ch. 5 Eyed and Edged Daylilies 161 Ch. 6 Patterned Daylilies 205 Ch. 7 Doubles 225 Ch. 8 Spiders, Variants, and Unusual Forms 245 Ch. 9 Polytepal Daylilies 268 Ch. 10 Small and Miniature Daylilies 273 Ch. 11 Hybridizing 286 Ch. 12 Cultivation 292 Ch. 13 Daylilies of the Future 301 Additional Resources 391 Sources for Daylilies 393 Bibliography 397 Index of Species and Cultivars 399
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    Limited scope

    Peat and Petit emphasize round forms too heavily and ignore other forms. For a serious daylily collector or hybridizer, this is a serious drawback. Some of the colors in the photos are not accurate. Another major flaw is the emphasis on Southern breeders. Many of the plants will not be hardy in other regions.

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