A Guide for
by Ken Druse John
P. Peat and Ted
native of the Orient,
the daylily is one of the most versatile and beautiful of the perennial
flowers, thriving in a wide range of climates from the south of Florida
to near the Arctic Circle in North America. Adapting well to diverse
it is the perfect companion plant for many gardens and easily
by the creative gardener.
it is so easy
to grow and wonderful to behold, the daylily is enormously popular.
year, over a thousand new daylily cultivars are being listed with the American
Hemerocallis Society, whose
checklist now numbers over
the differences in the various cultivars and chooseing which ones to
is the purpose of this compendious guidebook.
and sources are listed in the back of the book along with a
with a history
of the species and its hybridization, the book covers garden design,
and diseases, cultivation, and the exhibition of daylilies in shows
chapters by contributing authors who are experts in these areas.
of America's award-winning American daylilies are included along with
on daylilies in Australia, Canada and Europe.
Many people ask, "Why
should I start hybridizing at this stage in the evolution of the
What is left to do?" Quite simply, the possibilities are endless...
To begin, ask yourself
what type of daylily you find most beautiful. This is not a difficult
simply look at the daylilies you already have in your garden. You chose
them because they have something that appeals to you, be it their
size, form, and so on. Begin your hybridizing efforts by crossing them,
and move further in that direction. Every generation will give you new
ideas, as new daylily faces emerge from your 'painting with pollen.' If
you want to make your seedlings look more modern, considering
just one cutting-edge daylily to add to your gene pool. You will
be astonished at the flowers you create.