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The Daylily: A Guide for Gardeners

By John P. Peat and Ted L. Petit

A horticultural gem.

Garden Compass

Few perennials are as tough and versatile as daylilies (genus Hemerocallis), and even fewer offer daylilies' enormous range of color, shape, and growing characteristics. The ease of hybridizing daylilies is a major attraction for the enthusiast. Any backyard gardener can hybridize daylilies, but this blessing of easy breeding can also be something of a curse to the newcomer. Tens of thousands of new daylilies are bred each year. How to choose and grow daylilies amidst this profusion? John Peat and Ted Petit have come to the rescue in this authoritative overview of all aspects of daylily history, cultivation, and breeding. Inspired by R. W. Munson Jr.'s classic treatment, Hemerocallis, they fully describe the history of the modern daylily. In the heart of the book, they detail the various types of hybrids and provide indispensable advice for growing all of them well. More than 200 beautiful color photographs and illustrations round out the work.

Media reviews

"A horticultural gem."

—John Bagnasco, Garden Compass

"There’s much to appreciate about this comprehensive guide."

—Lynne Terry, Oregonian

"This is a great reference book for both novice and expert daylily growers. [This book] is a look at the best of the best ... have your pencil and shopping list at the ready!"

—Mary Ann Newcomer, Garden Themes

"Novice gardeners may find this volume useful."

—Rachael Green, American Reference Books Annual

" The Daylily ... is authoritative overview of all aspects of daylily history, cultivation, and breeding."

Floral and Nursery Times

"Another beautiful book by Peat and Petit."

—Joanne S. Carpender, National Gardener

"A well executed introduction to the development of the modern daylily, and a good beginner's guide to cultivation."

—Alberto Grossi, Herbertia

"This book is an excellent resource for getting to know the individuals and groups associated with award winning daylilies"

—William Johnson, E-Streams

"If you are attracted to these lovely flowers, this book will be an outstanding aide. From there you are on your own, if addiction sets in."

—Pauline Keegan, Hobby Greenhouse

"If you need convincing about using daylilies in your garden, this book will do it ... this volume reinvigorated my fondness for daylilies and intrigued me as to how they may yet develop."

—Susan Crittenden, Dig: The Magazine for Northwest Gardeners

About the authors

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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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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