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Reviews of The Color Encyclopedia of Daylilies

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Book Profile
Author (1): Ted L. Petit
Author (2): John P. Peat

Hardcopy edition:
Publish date: November 2000
Published by: Timber Press
List price: $49.95
ISBN Number: 0881924881



  Garden Bookworm editor's notes:  
Daylilies have been developed into a striking array of colorful hybrids from a small group of species in the genus Hemerocallis. These parent species are discussed and pictured in this comprehensive encyclopedia, but it focuses primarily on the amazing developments that have been achieved through plant breeding. Hundreds of new daylilies are introduced each year, and no other single book describes and illustrates so many of these remarkable flowers.

Close-up photographs illustrate more than 1200 daylilies, showing the detailed characteristics that hybridizers look for and 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 breeding. It concludes with a glimpse into the future, showing new hybrids not yet introduced, plants found today only in the seedling fields of private nurseries.

For experienced daylily hybridizers, the book is an invaluable reference for colors and designs that have already been created. By studying the illustrations, breeders can identify characteristics they would like to expand upon in future crosses. Gardeners at any level of experience will revel in the possibilities offered by the exquisite forms, colors, and patterns available.

  Feedback History and Summary  
6 positives
No neutrals
No negatives


Positive WUVIE On Mar 7, 2006, WUVIE wrote:

I purchased this book when I was still in the learning
stages of daylilies.

It was this book that taught me one does not create
a particular cultivar simply by crossing specified

A beautiful book worthy of shelf space, or even as a
coffee table book. People cannot help but to gander
the pages filled with vivid colored images of so many
stunning daylilies.

An excellent reference for those who feel intimidated
by looking through hundreds of catalogs. This book
is like a big catalog without prices.

The numerous images in the book will also help you
to see how so many daylilies look the same, yet
have completely differing prices.

A must have for the daylily lover!

Positive mariajose On May 2, 2005, mariajose wrote:

What a beautiful book.

My attraction to daylilies has to do with the art of the plant - the different textures, colors, forms, shapes, heights, etc. This book is for the artist in us, those of us who cannot get enough of this fascinating genus. Page after page of glorious beauty, the wonder of these hybrids, it is impossible to put down. Try to find a used copy if you can but if not, I found the best deal on the best-known online store. A $50 book, brand new for $33 and free shipping.

Positive John_Benoot On Dec 31, 2004, John_Benoot wrote:

It's a most wonderfull book i found about daylilies with comments about color, shape, parentage, etc

Also educative and not only for the beginner!

More than 1200 very good photographs are used !!!

Positive Songbird839 On Nov 17, 2004, Songbird839 wrote:

I LOVE this book! It covers all the basics of growing but better than that, it talks about hybridizing and where it's going. The book is full of beautiful photographs and it is interesting to see who the parents of some of my favorite cultivars are. A great book to help with identification. I have but one serious question to ask the authors.....Where is the sequel? Why not add another volume to this encyclopedia showing us the latest & greatest? This book is well worth the cost and will be a cherished book on my shelf!

Positive mystic On Feb 13, 2004, mystic wrote:

A book for any daylily lover. The photos are wonderful. I love how its broken down into colors. So if you are looking for a white or a pink etc you can go to the section to get ideas.

Positive IndaShade On Feb 13, 2004, IndaShade wrote:

My copy of this book is dog-eared and the spine is broken from overuse! I love this book!

This is a book primarily of daylily pictures from the year 2000 and prior with very little text or "how to" information. There are errors, and sometimes the colors in the pictures seem a little "off" but other wise I recommend this book to anyone who needs to have a photo reference of daylily cultivars.

The cost may be prohibitive to some people-- I paid $50 for my book when it first came out. I don't know if it has since gone up or down, or if they have plans to go paperback at some point.

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