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The Color Encyclopedia of Daylilies: More Than 1700 Outstanding Selections

By Ted L. Petit and John P. Peat

A vast array of daylily hybrids has been developed from only a small group of species in Hemerocallis. Hundreds of new daylilies are introduced each year, and no other book describes and illustrates so many of the hybrids in one place. The parent species are also included, but the focus is on the amazing developments that have been achieved through hybridization.

Close-up photographs show the detailed characteristics that hybridizers work for. Each photo is accompanied by a thorough description of the daylily's color, size, bloom season, and parentage. In addition to the pictorial encyclopedia, the book offers extensive information on cultivation and hybridization.

Media reviews

"Peat and Petit have successfully produced a valuable and useful reference. This book is an indispensable tool to any gardener planning his spring garden."

—John Bagnasco, Garden Compass

"A definitive, exhaustive, beautifully illustrated work."

Gardens Illustrated

"This is a must have book on an invaluable topic."

—Linda Cobb, "In the Garden", WSPA-TV

"Gardeners of all levels of experience will find inspiration in the potential of this remarkable flower."

—Terry Peters, North Shore News

"This detailed volume has well over a thousand close up colour photographs.The appetite is whetted."


"This guide is unmatched in its coverage of the species and is highly recommended."

Lawrence Looks at Books

"Photography remains top-notch throughout, especially hands-on images of pollinating, digging clumps, and dividing them."

—Mary Ellen Snodgrass, American Reference Books Annual

"Concise…informative text."

SciTech Book News

"If the daylily bug has bitten you, The Color Encyclopedia of Daylilies is a must-have book."

Hawaii Horticulture

"Serious plant propagators as well as hobby gardeners who want to try a bit of backyard breeding will find this book invaluable."

—Marianne Binetti, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"This book is invaluable to all who grow or would like to grow daylilies."

—Joanne S. Carpender, National Gardener

"The authors' personal acquaintance and the resulting information from major daylily growers and hybridizers make this work invaluable to all who grow or would like to grow daylilies."

National Gardener

"No other book describes and illustrates so many of the hybrids in one place."

American Nurseryman

"I have not come across another book that so completely catalogs the world of daylilies ... an invaluable reference for any gardener's library."

Cincinnati Enquirer

"What a nice gift for an iris lover in the temperate zones of the country."

—Marty Figley, Michigan Observer and Eccentric

"Excellent pictorial detail is among the strengths ... Over 1200 pictures of daylilies grace its pages, from the old classics to seedlings yet to be introduced. The photographs will make this an important reference for daylily collectors."

—Jan Payne, Daylily Journal

"This book is the most comprehensive work and is written in a refreshing to-the-point manner."

—Deborah Mills, Ventura County Star

"More than a compilation of beautiful photographs and descriptions."

—Suzanne Hively, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Ted Petit and John Peat’s simple and concise text on the history, botany, and horticulture of daylilies along with their collection of photographic contributions from colleagues around the world combine to create the most comprehensive and exhaustive work on daylilies to date."

—Barney Lipscomb, Sida, Contributions to Botany

About the authors

Ted L. Petit

Ted L. Petit, professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Toronto, breeds daylilies at his Florida garden, Le Petit Jardin.

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John P. Peat

John P. Peat of Toronto, Ontario, is a research technician in biology, daylily hybridizer, and nurseryman. He is the owner of Cross Border Daylilies.

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