This is a big hosta! It is almost 3 feet tall with very large shovel-like blue-green leaves with good substance. Leaves are slightly cupped, lightly corrugated and have rippled margins. Lavender flowers from mid-July into August.Part of Doug Beilstein's hybridizing program, it is a seedling from his very popular 'Brutus'. I love its dramatic deep leaf veins and upright habit.
HOSTA OF THE YEAR FOR 2014
Hybrid of H. Tokudama x H. sieboldiana from Walden West, 1989. Rich dark blue, thick, very large nearly round, 11"x 11" deeply cupped leaves, strongly seersuckered and puckered. Leaves powdery gray on the visible underside. This hosta sets the standard for cupping as it can be up to 4 inches deep, easily holding water for birds to bathe in. Near white flowers on upright scapes in July.
Dense mound of small, almost round, cupped bluish green 4"x 3" leaves, dimpled to seersuckered, thick underside bloom. Impressive flower performance with medium lavender flowers on upright leafy scapes in July. Very unique with a pinwheel effect when observed from above. 1987 AHS registration, Walden West.
This wide margined sport of Hosta Climax from Walters Gardens Inc. 2012, features large, 8 inch wide by 10 inch long green, heart-shaped leaves with incredibly striking, 3 inch wide yellow margins. Forms an impressive upright mound in the landscape; makes an excellent specimen. Pale lavender flowers in early summer on 36"scapes.
NEW FOR 2020
From renowned Hosta breeder Hans Hansen comes a new large gold hosta, Hosta Elatior hybrid x American Sweetheart. With golden yellow leaves, this is the perfect specimen for making a statement in the shade with its upright spreading habit and large smooth leaves. In midsummer, near white, tubular flowers appear with a very faint pale lavender central pattern on the interior petals. Plant in morning sun or filtered shade for best yellow color
Hybrid of H. Fortunei Aurea from K. Herrema, P. Ruh, 2000. Wide mound of very wavy, arching, twisted, lanceolate shaped foliage; 8"x 4" leaves greenish white with green speckles and streaks in centre, irregularly margined with dark green. Vigorous grower. Pale lavender flowers in July.
Coarsely textured mound of leathery, puckered, heart shaped to round leaves. Introduced in 2012 as a wide margined sport of Hosta Dick Ward, which is named for one of the most accomplished hosta breeders in the USA. Leaves display wide blue-green margins with chartreuse centres that become yellow in summer. Near white flowers on 28" scapes in early summer. Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc.
Hybrid of Dorothy Benedict x montana. Very appropriately named as the foliage corrugation resembles alligator skin. Leaves 10 1/2"long x 5"wide, 1/8"wide leaf margin changes from yellow to white during the growing season; leaf centre dark green with many grey green streaks and streaks of corrugation between the veins. Pale lavender flowers on 30" scapes in July.
Sport of Guacamole from B. Solberg, 2015. This hosta is a blue-green margined, yellow centred sport of Bob's H. Guacamole; it also has a nice light glaucous bloom that just gives it a nice frosting on the leaves. Ambrosia has fragrant flowers like Guacamole and takes bright light.
A variegated sport of the multiple award winning solid green 'Niagara Falls' and the reverse variegation of recently introduced 'Bridal Falls'. Forms an attractively rounded mound of cascading green leaves with beautiful chartreuse centres that become white. The green margins measure up to 2" wide, with a lighter green area appearing where the margins and centres overlap. The mature leaves arch downward with a rippled margin. Light lavender flowers appear midsummer on 25 inch scapes.
Sport of Squire Rich from Bob Kuk. Leaves 7 inches wide by 9 inches long, dark green centred with beautifully rippled 1 inch gold margins. Lavender flowers on 24 - 36 inch scapes in July.
This gold-centred green margined sport of Hosta rectifolia was discovered in the wild in the Aomori Prefecture of northern Japan by Mr. Kimio Muroya of Hirosaki, Japan; distinct upright growth habit. Leaves 7"long by 3 1/2"wide. Bright purple flowers open on 36"scapes in August. Fast growth rate.
Sport of H. First Frost with extra wide margins, from Walters Gardens Inc. and H. Hansen, 2009, . Frosty blue leaves have bright yellow margins that lighten to creamy white in summer. Leaves 6 inches long by 4 inches wide, 6-8 vein pairs, flat, glaucous bloom on top as well as underneath, broadly ovate. Extremely showy hosta, very slow growth rate but worth it. Light lavender flowers from mid-July to mid-August.
Sport of Guacamole from J. and B. Diesen, 1998. Has a much wider green margin (2 ") than mother plant (5/8 "). Leaves 10"long by 8"wide, medium gold centre, green margin. Very Fragrant, large, pale lavender flowers in August on 36 inch scapes. Fast growth rate. Makes a gorgeous mound. We have lots of visitors asking about this hosta when they see and smell the flowers in bloom.
Hybrid of H. Cody x H. Dorset Blue from R. Solberg, 2006. Makes a small, neat mound of heart shaped blue leaves. Just a bit larger than a mini. Leaves 4 inches long by 3 inches wide, blue-green, 8 vein pairs, flat, glaucous bloom on top as well as the underside, lightly cupped, lightly folded, lightly corrugated, broadly ovate. Flowers in mid-July to mid-August.
Beautiful white edged sport of its parent plant Bridegroom, offering the same upwardly tipped leaf form. Leaves are 6 inches long by 4 inches wide, dark green centred with a margin that changes from yellow to creamy white. Medium growth rate. Bright purple flowers on 24 inch scapes in July. Hybridizer Mark Zilis and Jim Schwarz, 2011.
[H. clausa normalis F2 seedling × (H. 'Ogon Tsushima' x H. yingeri F2 seedling)] from Bob Solberg. Light green leaves 7 "long x 3 "wide, slightly shiny on top and bottom. Petioles are a beautiful beet red, leaves have a red vein visible on the border until about July 1. Purple flowers on beet red 36 "scapes mid July to mid August, seed pods also red and viable. Wonderful breeding possibilities with all the red in this plant.
Magnificent sport of Hosta Old Glory improving on an already beautiful hosta. Beyond Glory has a much wider 3 inch wide dark green border surrounding a chartreuse turning gold centre in summer. Pale lavender flowers on 29 inch scapes in mid-summer. As in Old Glory, situate this hosta in full morning sun, even some afternoon sun to bring out the colors. We have many customers that stop and ask about Hosta Old Glory. Can't wait to see this one mature. It will be a show stopper.
Selected seedling from F. Shaw, P. Aden, 1986. Huge, beautiful cascading mound. A classic hosta you will definitely want as a specimen plant. Place in morning sun only to keep the blue longer. Leaves 16"x 12" widely ovate to wedge-shaped, thick dark blue-gray to dark blue green, slightly dimpled, strongly veined, edge rippled. Near white flowers on upright 4 foot scapes from late June to July.
NEW FOR US THIS YEAR
This new Hosta from Hans Hansen and Walters Gardens hybridizing delivers what other miniature hostas promised-with truly blue leaves. Compared to the ever popular 'Blue Mouse Ears', 'Blue Elf' has a similar short height but with larger leaves (about 2.5-3" across) and true powdery blue leaves, about the same color as 'Fragrant Blue'. Perfectly proportionate to the size of the plant, shorter flower spikes yield lavender flowers in in midsummer. 'Blue Elf' is the perfect size for fairy gardens or troughs!
Sport of Fragrant Blue. Registered by Naylor Creek Nursery in 2004. A dome shaped mound. Leaf blade 6"x 4", powdery pale blue, irregularly margined cream turning yellow with celadon streaking and white flashes along the outer rim of the margin, dimpled, edge flat, leaf flat to convex, oval, good substanced. Petiole blue outlined in cream. Slightly fragrant lavender flowers in August. Site in light shade to retain the powdery bloom on the leaf surface.
This Hosta Halcyon sport (from W. Meyer, L. Klinkhamer, 2009) has wide, creamy white margins and a blue centre in spring. Margins brighten to white and may develop a unique green blush while the centre turns blue-green in summer. Lavender flowers in mid summer on 20-24"scapes. Needs a very specific location with morning sun to bring out the blue, yet avoidance of afternoon sun to reduce any burning of white edges.
HOSTA OF THE YEAR FOR 2008
Sport of Blue Cadet from E. and J. Deckert, 2000. Hosta of the year for 2008. Adorable small hosta with thick, rounded heart shaped blue-green leaves. Thick substanced and covered with a thick underside bloom. Forms a perfectly symmetrical mound. Clusters of lavender, bell-shaped flowers emerge from balloon-like buds on perfectly proportioned scapes in early July.
A new sport of Hosta Ambrosia from Bob Solberg, 2015. Having plantaginea in its genes, this hosta will continue to push up new foliage through the summer months so you always have soft blue leaves present. It is a vigorous grower that forms a beautiful large mound of blue foliage. Very fragrant light lavender flowers arrive in late summer.
Sport of H. True Blue from D. Reath, R. Klehm, 1998. An arching mound of thick rich blue foliage, widely and irregularly margined chartreuse turning yellow, with streaks jetting toward the midrib, matt above and a thick glaucous blue-gray below, seersuckered, leaf arching, convex, broadly ovate. Near white flowers in mid-June.
Cross of Tokudama x H. sieboldiana 'Elegans' from F. Shaw, Paul Aden. Large, thick, bluish green umbrella like leaves exhibit excellent slug resistance. Leaves can be 15 inches long by 12 inches wide, bluish early, changing to shiny dark green by early summer, ovate shaped, corrugated, inversely cupped and covered with a thick underside bloom. Makes a beautiful specimen. Very pale lavender flowers on 30-36 inch scapes from late June to late July.
Hybrid of H. Frances Williams x H. Fall Bouquet, from Bill Meyer. A beautiful mound with rich blue foliage that deepens to blue-green late in the season. Leaves 9"long x 7" wide, almost round, heavily corrugated, slightly rippled, unruly and thick substanced. I think this hosta has the nicest blue color of any hosta. Petioles are a very attractive light mauve with matching mauve scapes carrying lavender flowers in July.
Hybrid of Spilt Milk x Abiqua Drinking Gourd. The cardboard like substance of this unruly blue hosta makes it stand out from all others. Leaves 15 inches long x 13 inches wide, intensely blue-green, slightly rippled, glaucous bloom on top and underneath, intensely corrugated, broadly ovate, cordate base. Lavender flowers on 29 "scapes in June to July, many seed pods form. I have had numerous double pods develop on my plant. Should have some interesting breeding possibilities.
Seedling from Hosta Neat Splash from R. Lydell, 2000. Leaves 6 inches long by 4 3/4 inches wide, green centred with a wide margin that changes from yellow in the spring to cream to white in July depending on the amount of sunlight exposure. Leaves ovate shaped, thin underside bloom, good substance. Medium lavender flowers on 24 inch scapes in late July into August. The wide border makes this hosta stand out.
Streaked form of Hosta Inspire Greatness from Bill Silvers, 2007. This hosta forms a medium sized mound with leaves that are blue-green with creamy yellow streaks. Pale lavender flowers in early summer. Hosta Inspire Greatness was named to honor the special olympics.
A sport of Gold Standard from R. Keller, 1992. Leaves green-margined with chartreuse center early, changing to a very light yellow center by late May then darkening in late summer.The leaves are 8"long by 5 7/8"wide. Pale lavender flower from mid July into early August.
Sport of Rhythm and Blues from Steve Watson of Brentwood, Tennessee, 2013. I absolutely love the tight low clump of my fast growing Rhythm and Blues so a variegated version of it should be just spectacular. Brentwood Blues has bright white margins on wavy narrow blue-green leaves. Lavender flowers in July into August.
This hosta I fell in love with from the first time I seen it. Sport of Niagara Falls from Jan van den Top. Forms an attractively rounded mound of cascading, green leaves with pale yellow to creamy white margins. Heart shaped leaves are edged in pie crust waves and have deeply impressed veins. Light lavender flowers. Shows mature traits best in older plants.
Very nice hosta, highly under rated. Nice to place next to blue or variegated hostas. Holly's Honey selfed seedling from H. and D. Benedict and H. Gowen, 1090. Very distinct with its upturned tips on the leaves. Rippled, shiny, dark green leaves, 6"long x 4" wide, leaf blade ovate-shaped. Bright purple flowers on 24"scapes in late July.
HOSTA OF THE YEAR FOR 2017
Hybrid of King Tut x "Mildred Seaver"seedling, from Olga Petryszyn, 1998. Spectacular. Leaves 12"x 10", thick, golden yellow with very wide and irregular medium green margins with chartreuse streaks jetting toward the midrib, matt above and glaucous below, seersuckered. Leaf lightly cupped, nearly round. Color brightens as the summer progresses. White flowers on 3 foot scapes in late June.
Second generation Tardiana seedling, registered in 1988 by the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society for E. Smith. A beautiful medium sized mound of intense blue leaves that are 7"x 6", thick, slightly cupped, corrugated and heart-shaped to nearly round with a thick underside bloom. Lots of morning sun will give this hosta the intense blue in spring. Leaves blue-green later in summer. Flowers bell shaped, pale lavender on an upright scapes in late July.
Sport of H. Baby Bunting. Reverse of Pandora's Box. Registered in 2002 by H. Hansen of Shady Oaks Nursery. Small round green leaves with creamy white margins. Medium green gray areas appear where edge and centre overlap. Bright purple flowers in late June. Really cute. Great for fairy garden pots or in the rock garden.
Seedling of H. longipes latifolia ' Urajiro Hachijo' Originator A. Summers, registered by A. Wrede, 2003. Sibling to Marilyn Monroe and Smokey. Medium sized mound of shiny dark green leaves, 7" long by 5 1/2 "wide; leaf blade ovate shaped with many tiny marginal ripples and a long, thin tip; moderate underside bloom. Pale purple flowers with translucent margins produced in September on reddish scapes. Not the best grower but the beauty of this hosta shows how placing a beautiful green hosta between variegated, gold or blue hostas can make the colors pop.
Sport of Captain Kirk from G. Heemskert, 2009. This hosta is extremely unique with its tricolor changes throughout the season. It starts out a greenish yellow then the margin gradually turns white with a flash of darker green separating the greenish-yellow centre and white margin. Almost remeniscent of the flashing in Striptease. Lavender flowers on 16" scapes in mid-summer.
A seedling from Mark Zilis, registered by Don Musak. As a young plant the leaves are wavy and narrow, as a mature plant the leaves widen out. Leaves are heavily streaked white and green. Small sized mound. Medium purple flowers late July into August. Medium growth rate. If you are looking to try growing seedlings of your own, this plant has lots of viable seed and many seedlings are streaky. The photo on the right shows a few streaky open polinated seedlings growing under and beside their parent Carin's Wedding
Carolina Keepsake is a hybrid of Corkscrew x June from Bob Solberg of Green Hill Farm, Franklinton, North Carolina. Leaves are bright yellow, 3.5 inches wide by 7 inches long, very shiny, moderately twisted and folded and lightly wavy overall. Flowers are lavender and appear in August. This hosta was the 2015 American Hosta Society convention plant in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Tetraploid sport of H. Stained Glass from H. Hansen, 2005. A dome shaped mound. Leaves ovate, good substanced, chartreuse turning golden yellow, very widely and irregularly margined spinach green, with chartreuse feathering and streaking, shiny above and glaucous below, dimpled, veins widely spaced, rapid growth. Fragrant near white flowers in August. Needs lots of sun.
Sport of Doug Beilstein's H. Breeder's Choice seedling. Heavily streaked green and white foliage forms a dense 10" high mound. Leaf blade ovate shaped and slightly wavy, average substance, fast growth rate. Pale lavender flowers. Great breeding plant for variegated seedlings.
A cross between Maya Kingsnake and Funny Cide, introduced by Altara Scheer, Vase shaped plant with bright green leaves showing off the dark red petioles. Lavender flowers on dark red scapes in August, fertile both ways, would be great for hybridizing.
Sport of lancifolia. One of the earliest hostas to come up in spring. Bright gold with a thin green margin, beautiful with yellow or blue spring bulbs. Changes to all green by July. A dense arching mound with lance shaped leaves, glossy above, satiny below, smooth, prominently veined. Light purple bell shaped flowers in late August. Also great in pots, fast growing.
Hosta of unknown parentage from T. Sears and T. Avent, 1999. One of the best gold leaved pie crust type ever developed. Leaf 16"long by 11"wide, bright gold, heavily rippled, broadly ovate shaped with a deeply lobed base, curled tip, with approx. 17 marginal ripples per leaf half, thin underside bloom. Pale lavender flowers in July, forms many seed pods.
2013 introduction from D. Beilstein. Medium to small sized hosta with a contorted appearance, cupped, corrugated leaves come out of the clump every which way, with a lime green to golden appearance deepening on amount of sun exposure. Leaves 6 "long x 6 " wide, 11 vein pairs, pale yellow, flat, start out with a glaucous nature turning shiny by midsummer, moderately cupped, moderately corrugated, nearly round, cordate base. Flowers on 24 inch scapes in June-July. Give this one lots of sun.
Hybrid of Frances Williams x Beatrice from Mildred Seaver and Kevin Vaughn, 1982. Large unruly mound of thick, heavily crinkled 8"x 6" rounded leaves, deep green with a slight blue cast, narrowly and irregularly margined cream with some transitional celedon streaks jetting toward the midrib, matt above and glaucous below, edge slightly rippled. Fast growing. In full bloom the hosta outline is pyramidal, hence, christmas tree look.
Sport of Blue Mouse Ears, distinguished by its coarsely wavy leaves. Forms a cute miniature clump of blue-green to green thick leaves and matures into a small, compact mound. Perfectly proportioned scapes carry lavender flowers in early summer.
Native to Korea. Rhizomatous mound of dark green foliage topped by closed purple flowers in August. Leaves 7 1/2" x 3 ", shiny on top and underside, narrowly ovate to elliptical, smooth textured, average substance, covered with red-purple dots on the petiole. The rich purple and pink flowers resemble tiny balloons that stand out in a garden against the green. Very showy flowers when in mass. Because of its rhizomatous nature, give this plant its own area as it will quickly fill it. Although each plant is small, it will spread and take over an area. Give it lots of water and sun to encourage lots of beautiful blooms. This one takes the ordinary out of a plain green hosta.
A Van Wade introduction of Puckered Giant X Woodland Blue. Ranks as one of the best for intense corrugation (at maturity) and dark green foliage color. Great slug resistance. Foliage starts as blue-green and become dark green later in the season. Leaves 14"long by 11"wide, broadly ovate in shape, cupped downward, somewhat unruly, thick substanced and covered with a thin underside bloom. Very pale lavender flowers on 32"scapes from late June into July, producing many seed pods. Medium to slow growth rate.
Tetraploid sport of H. Sagae from J. Clifford. 2000. Wide margined version of Sagae. Vase shaped mound of widely oval thick slightly wavy blue-green leaves with 3" widely and irregularly margined bright yellow turning creamy white with celadon streaks jetting toward the midrib, matt above and glaucous below, smooth. Profuse lavender flowers in July
This giant solid gold hosta from Olga Petryszyn makes a striking specimen. Emerges chartreuse yellow then turns lighter gold in summer. Thick puckered wavy leaves form an upright vase shaped clump. Pale violet flowers appear just above the foliage on proportionate scapes of 36 inches high in mid summer.
(Solberg 2007) (['Blue Cadet' X 'One Man's Treasure'] X o.p.) Mini, (5" X 12") This fast growing mini with heart-shaped leaves is bright waxy yellow in the spring with purple petioles. It has good substance and makes a very sturdy plant. A highlight of the spring season.
Gorgeous sport of Cascade. from Walters Gardens Inc., 2012. Forms a large, showy clump of long, tapered leaves with bright green margins and clear white centres. Notably upright in youth, maturing into a gracefully arching mound. Creamy white scapes carry light lavender flowers in early summer.
Hybrid of Tortifrons x One Man's Treasure from B. Solberg, 2003. A strikingly asymmetrical upright to arching mound. 7"x 2" shiny dark green twisted and curved leaves with thick substance, elongated tips, whitish shiny underside, purplish red petioles. Lavender flowers in September, frequently on forked scapes.
Tissue culture sport of Jimmy Crack Corn. Non registered from Jim Anderson of Winterberry Farms.Upright mound. Leaves 8"x 5", good substance, chartreuse to bright gold, very widely and irregularly margined mid-green with chartreuse and green streaks jetting toward the midrib, dimpled and seersuckered, edge heavily rippled. On mature leaves the seersuckered areas resemble blistering. Near white flowers from mid-June into July.
Hybrid of Glory x King Tut from Doug Beilstein. Rich gold leaves 7"x 6", oblong-ovate in shape, heavily corrugated and rippled, convexly cupped, good substance. Pale purple flowers in late June.
Hybrid of Hosta Cinnamon Sticks x Tequila Sunrise from Kathy Sisson. Medium sized mound of bright green, shiny, wavy foliage, leaves 7 inches long x 4 inches wide with nice red petioles. Underside of leaves whitish and shiny. Nice dark purple flowers in mid-September after most hostas have long since finished flowering.
Selfed seedling of Neat Splash from H. and D. Benedict. Dense mound of heavily rippled, white margined foliage, leaves 6 inches long by 2 1/2 inches wide with an 1/8th inch wide margin that changes from yellow to creamy white. Leaf centre gold early, medium green by mid-summer. Mediuim purple flowers in August, many reddish pods form. As a juvenile plant, Crested Surf offers a dense mound of multi-coloured foliage with neatly rippled petioles. At maturity, the leaves broaden and the rippling is less prominent.
Hybrid of Cinnamon Sticks x Cracker Crumbs by Bob Solberg. Neat, small, dense mound of wavy gold foliage. Leaves 3"long x 3"wide, gold color, especially bright in the spring, chartreuse by late summer, roundish blade shaped, wavy margins. Medium to fast growth rate. Lavender flowers on 18"scapes in July.
HOSTA OF THE YEAR FOR 2016
Pineapple Upsidedown Cake seedling from B. Solberg, 2009. The agave looking, highly ruffled, narrow leaves are very stiff; emerge chartreuse and fade to a near white. Sun tolerant; easily grows in half day sun. It makes a great container plant, or grows very well in the garden. You just have to touch this spidery looking plant. The flower scape is deep purple, topped with lavender flowers. Leaves are very narrow and ruffled when the plant is young. As the plant matures the leaves widen out more as seen in the middle photo.
Hybrid of Dorothy Benedict x Swoosh by Doug Beilstein. Semi-upright mound. Leaves almost round, 10"x 8", blue-green with gold margin, changing to dark green with a creamy white margin. Good substance, medium fast growth rate. Lavender flowers in July.
Sport of Summer Music and a reverse of Last Dance. Foliage is gold centred with a wide light green margin,. Leaf blade is broadly ovate-shaped, wavy and slightly corrugated. Pale lavender flowers in July. Differs from mother plant by its leaf centre which stays gold throughout the season.
HOSTA OF THE YEAR FOR 2020
Seedling of Split Personality from Kent Terpening. An open mound of pie crust edged brilliant golden yellow foliage that changes to chartreuse at the end of the summer. Satiny above and matt below, dimpled when mature, broadly ovate. Pale lavender flowers in July. Absolutely stunning plant.
Hybrid of Green Piecrust x Just So from Doug Beilstein that combines the best traits of its parents. Leaves are 10 inches long by 8 inches wide, medium gold color, moderately corrugated, broadly ovate shaped with good substance. Medium growth rate. Pale lavender flowers in July.
Tissue culture sport of Daybreak from M. Zilis, 1999. Very large mound of green-centred, gold margined foliage. Leaves 15"long x 11"wide, 1/2"gold margin, good substanced. Lavender flowers on 36" drooping scapes in August. Can take a considerable amount of sun.
Hybrid of H. Blue Moon from C. Seaver, 1994. A stiff open mound. Leaves are 8"x 7", very thick, rich dark blue, intensely seersuckered and puckered, cupped, nearly round with a thick underside bloom, become shiny green in late summer. Has an almost plastic like appearance. Rich lavender flowers in late July that don't always open. Very slow growing but well worth the wait. We always have comments about this hosta in our garden.
This sport of Blue Angel from Walters Gardens Inc. and A. Bergeron, 2009 , forms a giant upright mound of blue-green leaves with green margins. Becomes showier as the season progresses and margins brighten to light apple green. Large leaves of heavy substance. Near white flowers up to 48" high in mid season.
Attractive, heart-shaped, thick and heavily corrugated blue leaves have wavy margins. The large size of this plant also translates to large leaves: they can get up to 9 inches wide by 11 inches long. Pale lavender flowers appear in early to midsummer.
A neat sport of hosta Ivory Necklace developed at Q & Z Nursery. It forms a small mound of white- centered foliage. Leaves are 4 1/2"long by 2 3/4" wide and have a 1/2"dark green margin. Medium purple flowers are produced on 16" scapes in late July into early August. Slow growth rate. A great plant for troughs or for the shaded rock garden.
Sport of Hosta Radiant Edger from Gerardus Heemskerk of the Netherlands, 2011. This hosta makes a small mound with leave coloration opposite to that of its parent. The thick heart shaped leaves are a muted gold, edged with a wide dark green border. Pale lavender flowers in early summer.
Hybrid of H. montana from T. Donahue, registered by P. Ruh in 1999.Large mound of heavily rippled green foliage. Leaves 11 1/2"long x 7 1/2"wide, leaf blade ovate with many regular ripples and a long thin twisted tip, good substance. Pale lavender flowers on 40"scapes in late June. Beautiful specimen or background plant.
Seedling from W. Zumbar, K. Walek, 2009, parentage unknown. Small dense mound of narrow, heavily rippled gold foliage. Leaves 3 1/2"long x 1 1/2"wide, whitish shiny leaf underside. Medium purple flowers on 17"scapes in late July. Great as an edging plant, in rock gardens, in troughs or shallow containers. Will take lots of morning sun provided it has lots of moisture.
Sport of Great Expectations from B. Ruetenik and K. Walek, 1996. Nearly round leaves, 9"x 8", have chartreuse turning creamy white centres with very wide blue-green margins with streaks jetting toward the midrib, matt above, glaucous below, seersuckered, edge slightly rippled, slightly cupped or convexed. Much better grower than its mother plant.
HOSTA OF THE YEAR FOR 2009
First yellow edged sport out of Blue Angel from H. Hansen, 2002. Hosta of the year for 2009. Huge mound. Ovate leaf blade 12"x 9", thick, blue-green with wide pale green splashes, widely and irregularly margined and feathered yellow turning ivory white, matt above and glaucous below, slightly dimpled, veins closely ribbed. Near white flowers in July.
Halcyon hybrid from P. Th. Warmerdam, 2003. Leaf blade 6"x 4" , intense blue -grey , irregularly margined white with celadon streaking, smooth texture, thick substance, matt above, glaucous below. Lavender flowers in August. Not a fast grower but very striking hosta in the shade garden and well worth the wait to see it grow.
nigrescens background. HUGE, HUGE, HUGE arching and vase shaped mound of shiny, light green foliage towering over other hostas. Leaf size 14"long x 10"wide, leaf blade ovate-shaped with a very deeply lobed base and long, distinct tip. Leaves also very shiny on the underside and generally smooth-textured but with the occasionl streak of corrugation at maturity, thick substanced. Near white flowers on towering 71"scapes in mid-July. THS ONE WILL SCARE YOUR SLUGS....
Hybrid of (H. Swoosh x longissima ) x Red Neck Heaven x Elvis Lives. Very distinctive hosta from Tony Avent, with an upright mounded habit. Tightly rippled, twisted, long and narrow leaves are green and yellow to creamy yellow margins. Mature plants have red speckled petioles. Lavender flowers in mid summer. Sharp looking in containers.
Lots of people still ask for the elephant leafed hosta, usually referring to sieboldiana Elegans. This hosta forms a very large mound of blue-green leaves that are 13 inches x 10 inches in size, heart shaped, thick textured, and heavily corrugated. Flowers are almost white, funnel shaped on 36 inch scapes in early summer. Elegans is a form of H. sieboldiana which is native to Japan.
A tissue cultured sport of Stained Glass from M. Zilis, 2010, with a distinct appearance. It differs from its mother plant by having a much wider margin and a heavier substance. Leaves are 9" long by 7" wide with a gold center and a 2" wide, bright green wavy margin. Emerald Charger has a medium to fast growth rate. Fragrant, pale lavender flower that open in August on 2 - 3' scapes.
Mutation of a Tardiflora seedling from Kuk's Forest Nursery, 1994. Foliage has a smooth whitish centre in spring, turning to light green by midsummer, then dark green by late summer. Leaf margin dark green, 1 1/2"wide and puckered, leaves 5 1/2"long x 4"wide, shiny on the underside and ovate shaped. Purple flowers on 30" scapes in late July. The contrast in texture between the dark green puckered margin and the white to light green smooth centre gives the plant an emerald necklace look.
Big John seedling from B. and V. Scaggs, 2008. Massive semi-upright mound of medium green foliage (bluish early). Originators specimen measured 39"high by 66"wide. Leaf blade broadly ovate, very wavy, slighly corrugated and thick substanced, moderate bloom on leaf underside. Largest leaves of any hosta so far, some leaves recorded as large as 25 inches long.
There are hostas, and then there's 'Etched Glass'-bringing style and refinement to your hosta garden. This sport of 'Stained Glass' has wider margins and thicker leaves than the parent. Very wide, dark green margins contrast with a bright, brilliant yellow centre. Between the margin and the centers is a light green pattern. Margins have puckering when the plant is mature. Very large and fragrant, near-white flowers appear in late summer
Sport of Whirlwind from H. Hansen. Leaves 7 inches long x 6 inches wide, creamy white centres with limited green spotting, and 1 inch dark green margins. Leaf blades are twisted and curved. Pale lavender flowers from late July into early August.
(Hideko Tajima x Purple Verticulated Elf ) from Don Dean, 2013. Beautiful upright hosta with pointed blue leaves with rich purple petioles. The leaves are 9 inches long by 5 inches wide with 10-11 pairs of veins, intensely blue-green, slightly rippled, heavy glaucous bloom on top and on the underside, lightly twisted. The purple flowers are spectacular: 1 3/4 inches long, speckled pale purple with lavender edges, tubular, with a 360 degree whirled flower placement, flowering in August.
Gorgeous hosta, on the small size of medium with parentage including Sweet Susan, Blue Blush and Hosta longipes from Hans Hansen. Wedge shaped leaves have centres that are creamy coloured, edged in a nice powder blue. 16 inch flower scapes in mid-summer.
A stunning plant that will catch your eye a long ways across the gardens in spring time. Sport of Sea Fire from Walters Gardens Inc. and A. Bergeron, 2005. An arching, overlapping mound. Leaf blade 7"x 4", good substance, satiny, bright yellow, narrowly and irrregularly margined and streaked medium green, moderately seersuckered, ovate. The yellow centre turns to a light green in mid-summer. Chartreuse petiole dotted with red, outlined in green. Red flower buds, shoots and petioles, lavender flowers in August.
This dainty mini hosta will make sparks fly. It is another wonderful little hosta from Bob Solberg from 2017, a second generation seedling from Corkscew x Green Eyes. The narrow upright bright gold leaves sparkle all summer long, and they have good substance to boot.
Sagae seedling from D. and J. Ward, 1996. Wide mound of heavily corrugated medium gold foliage. Leaves 12"x 9", very broadly ovate, thick substance, slightly wavy margin. Medium lavender flowers in late July. Acts like a brighter smaller version of Sum & Substance.
Sport of Paul's Glory from M. Zilis with changing variegation and a distinctive watermark that develops mid-season. Leaves 7"long by 5"wide, changing from greenish in the centre with a gold edge to gold in the centre with a light green margin, and a dark green line (watermark) between the margin and the centre. Pale lavender flowers from mid-July into early August on 36"scapes. Good substance, medium to fast growth rate. Like Paul's Glory, I found that this one needs quite a bit of sun to bring out the color; I had mine in the shade the first few years and it stayed mostly green.
BROUGHT THIS ONE BACK AGAIN
Tissue culture sport of Hosta Patriot developed at Shady Oaks Nursery in the mid 1990's. Registered by H. Hansen/Shady Oaks Nursery in 1999. Heart -shaped leaves have wide, pure white centres and dark green margns. Leaves 6 inches long by 4 inches wide. Lavender flowers in late July on 30 inch scapes. The top 6 inches of the scapes are pinkish-purple and the lower part of the scapes are creamy white. This is a very striking hosta to grow if you can maintain a good amount of moisture for it from spring to fall, and don't crowd it out with other hostas.
Brilliant gold turning light green by late summer. Leaf blade ovate, 6"x 4", of moderate substance, slightly wavy, slightly corrugated, shiny above and matt below. Deep maroon red petioles, reddish flower scapes, lavender flowers in August. Beautiful in a pot in spring.
First Blush is the first hosta with this much red in the leaf to date. Hybridizer Bob Solberg worked on this cross for many many years and when news broke of its introduction, his facebook page for Green Hill Farm had 4200 hits within the first 5 days. Parentage of this hosta comtains many crosses with one of its last ones being Beet Salad as its parent. This write up of Bobs describes it perfectly : 'First Blush' not only has green leaves with red petioles that extend into the leaf blade but also a thin red margin around the leaf, similar but much more dramatic than its parent 'Beet Salad'. However, the most exciting thing about 'First Blush' is that in spring the leaf between the veins will start to "blush" red from the tip of the leaf down toward the base. " We have found in our gardens here in Ontario, the red blushing continues well into September, and is more intense if the plant is given more sun. Plants grown in mostly shade do not have much red blushing, so keep this one in full morning sun or more.
HOSTA OF THE YEAR FOR 2010
NEW FOR US THIS YEAR
Tissue culture sport of Halcyon from 2002. Leaves 6 inches long x 4 inches wide, leaf color blue-green in the centre with a bright yellow margin in spring, changing to dark green with a creamy white margin. Margin 1/4 " to 1/2 " wide, leaf blade ovate-shaped and thick substanced. Very pale lavender flowers from late July into mid-August on 24-30 inch scapes.
Rare. Hybrid of Christmas Tree x Donahue Piecrust showing the best traits of both parents. Medium green centre with a rippled ½" white margin, leaves 11"x 8", ovate shaped, moderately corrugated at maturity, medium growth rate. Rarely seen and unusual.
Small sport of Deja Blue from Walters Gardens, 2013, with more pronounced variegation. Blue-green to medium green leaves display chartreuse margins which lighten through the season. Develops a characteristic white lightning bolt between the centre and the margin. Light lavender flowers in early summer.
Independence Day seedling. Very thick almost rubbery long chartreuse leaves have a dark green palm leaf pattern in the centre which extends down the petiole. Immature leaves on young plants appear almost crumpled. This hosta has an unmistakable presence in the garden. Vigorous growth rate. Pale lavender flowers in July.
Edged sport of Blue Ribbons from S. Beikmann, 2007. Leaves 7 inches long by 5 inches wide, intensely blue-green with a creamy white edge jetting toward the mid-rib, 8-10 vein pairs, glaucous bloom on top and below, lightly rippled, slightly cupped, moderately flat, lightly ovate. Blue color holds well late into the season then becomes more grey-green. Petiole is blue-green with a thin white edge. Flower scape 18-20 inches high, slightly fragrant pale lavender flowers in mid-July to mid-August.
Hybrid of H. montana Krossa B-1 from L. Maroushek, 1978. Beautiful frosted jade 9 "x 12 " green leaves with a thin white slightly rippled margin, lighter green streaks radiate from the margin. Makes a spectacular very large clump in a woodland garden. Pale lavender flowers on 40 "scapes in July.
Tissue culture sport of Royal Mouse Ears from M. Zilis and E. and J. Deckert, 2006. Dense mound. Leaves almost round, 2"x 2" blue-green to dark green centre with a wide yellow margin, turning to creamy white later in the season, thick substance, slow growth rate. Pale purple flowers in dense clusters in July.
Interesting small new green hosta with cupped and puckered very round leaves that make a flat, tight clump. Would look great combined with small blue or variegated hostas. This hybrid of (a seedling of H. 'Minuta' × H. 'Shining Tot') x an unnamed seedling of (H. 'Lakeside Looking Glass' × an open-pollinated seedling) was registered by Doug and Mardy Beilstein of Ohio in 2013.
Not quite a mini, this very small hosta has very bright wide white margins on cute little round leaves that are cupped and puckered. It has good substance and makes a tight, neat clump. It will brighten up any mixed container or trought.
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Found near Mt Fuji, Japan. Bright green foliage, leaves 9"x 6", ovate shaped with a long thin tip, wavy margin, smooth, deeply veined, good substance. Light purple DOUBLE hose in hose type flowers in late July. Very tall flower scapes with lots of flowers per scape. Flowers often used by florists.
An Alteera Scheer introduction. The foliage starts out green to chartreuse in the spring (depending on the amount of sunlight) with deep red, almost black petioles with the color extending up into the leaf undersides. As the season progresses, some leaves turn all gold and some are gold with irregular green leaf margins; VERY unique! Foliage is also very shiny and of good substance; deep purple flowers produce fertile seeds.
A really pretty blue color on this small plant. A Tony Avent hybrid of hosta venusta x Dorset Blue. A small mound of thick blue-green leaves 4" long x 3 1/2" wide that are oval in shape, smooth in texture and have good substance. Pale purple flowers open on 19-22" scapes from late July into early August. Gemstone has a medium growth rate and is an outstanding blue-leaved edging plant.
Sport of Valentine Lace from C. Isaacs, 1991. Leaf blade 6"x 4", thick, creamy white in spring with streaking and misting soon appearing, widely margined blue-gray, dimpled, edge rippled and twisted, leaf folded, oval. Petiole green streaked and flecked white. Pale lavender flowers in late June.
Sport of Elegans. Medium sized mound of foliage that is blue-green margined with a centre that changes from cream to green in summer. Leaf blade 9"x 8", ovate shaped, very wavy and corrugated in the margin and thick substanced, giving it a very interesting frilly edged effect. Near white flowers in late June
Sport of Satisfaction from Walters Gardens Inc with much showier, wider margins. Large, heart-shaped leaves of good substance form a wide spreading clump. Deeply veined, green leaves with very wide, yellow margins. Light lavender flowers on 24" scapes in early to mid summer.
Very attractive medium sized mound of thick foliage with rich blue-green margins and sharply contrasting creamy centres. Pale lavender flowers in late July into August. Very similar to Hosta Touch of Class.
Very unique sport of Hosta Blue Angel from Bob Solberg, 2000. Leaves emerge a whitish yellow color in early spring, slowly turning more of a pale yellow-green then to a darker blue-green late in summer. Leaves are thick, spear shaped, pointed, 8 inches wide by 12 inches long. Clump is slow growing. Near white flowers in early summer.
HOSTA OF THE YEAR FOR 2002
Sport of Fragrant Bouquet. Hosta of the year for 2002. Large overlapping mound. Leaves 11"x 8", medium green irregular margin with centre chartreuse early becoming brighter if grown with some direct sunlight, glossy, leaf slightly convex, widely oval, prominently veined. Fragrant pale lavender flowers in mid August, fast growth rate.
Sport of Blue Angel from C. and R. Thompson, 1995. Leaf blade 16"x 10", widely oval, leaf centre misted white and green surrounded by a wide and irregular blue-green margin, turning mostly green by mid-summer. Thick substance, slightly wavy, edge slightly folded, slightly corrugated, matt above, glaucous below, prominently veined. Near white flowers on tall scapes in late June.
Atom Smasher x Stiletto from R. Livingston. A semi- upright stoloniferous mound, leaf blade very narrow, 5 1/2"long x 1"wide, light green turning chartreuse, edge intensely rippled and serrated. Leaf blade blends into the petiole. Lavender flowers open from violet buds on leafy 27"scapes in late summer. Fast growth rate. Will tolerate full morning sun
Beautiful mound of white centred, dark green margined foliage, leaves 8 inches long by 4 inches wide, 9-10 vein pairs, with a 1 1/8 inch wide margin. Leaf blade ovate shaped, slightly cupped and smooth textured. Pale purple flowers in late June on 26 inch scapes that are creamy white toward the bottom and purplish pink in the uper half.
Halcyon is still one of the best blue medium sized hostas on the market even though it has been around for many years as a hybrid from Eric Smith. It belongs to the tardiana group which is a group of hybrids resulting from the cross between H. tardiflora and H. sieboldiana var. elegans. The blue leaves are spear shaped and smooth textured. The growth rate is rather slow but worth the wait. Flowers are bell shaped, pale lavender on 26 inch scapes. Many sports have resulted from this hosta.
Sport of Striptease. A striking variegated mound. Leaf blade 7"x 3" , of average substance, matt, dark olive green widely and irregularly margined pale chartreuse green with a randomly marked silver-white halo separating the margin from the centre, the base color gradually turning creamy yellow and the margin turning ivory with a pale green overlay, seersuckered, ovate. As a young plant the leaves tend to stay long, narrow and twisted. As the plant matures, the leaves widen out making the whole plant appear completely different from the juvenile stage.
Sport of Hosta Andrew from Walters Gardens Inc. Similar to its sibling but with much more vigor thanks to the green streaks that appear in late summer. Like Andrew, Hans has corrugated, puckered and folded leaves with ruffling at the base. Glaucous blue-green rounded leaves have a showy wide feathery white centre with green jetting between the centre and margin. Pale lavender flowers in early to mid-summer.
Sport of Orange Marmalade from Naylor Creek, with wider, more blue-green margins. Leaves of good substance have yellow centres which brighten to parchment in summer. Livens up the shade garden with its distinct variegation and light lavender flowers in mid summer. This is one hosta that doesn't attract much attention as a juvenile plant in a pot, but we are really liking it as it matures in the garden- the margins are widening out and the colors are becoming spectacular.
Sport of Vanilla Cream from Rob Mortko, 2000. Leaves 5 inches long by 4 inches wide, gold centred contrasted with a green edge. Medium lavender flowers on 18 inch scapes in July.
An improved sport of Bright Lights from Jan van den Top. Chartreuse leaves with wide, blue margins in spring. Centre brightens to gold and margins deep to blue- green in summer. Thick puckered texture. Near white flowers in early summer.
Sport of Hidden Cove, 2006. Small mound of curly, white centred, dark green margined foliage. Pale purple flowers in July.
This huge beautiful hosta comes from Jim Wilkins. As its name suggests, it easily commands your attention. Make lots of room for this one. In my garden, it's 3 1/2 feet high by 7 feet across. The leaves are 14"long by 11"wide, green centred with a 1"wide margin that changes from greenish yellow to creamy yellow throughout the season. Leaf blade is ovate, slightly corrugated and thick substanced. Whitish flowers bloom on 48"scapes in July.
Tetraploid sport of On Stage from Hans Hansen, 2006. Leaves yellow centred with a wide green margin, beautiful arching dome shaped leaves. In more shade the green is much darker with a chartreuse centre, in more light the centre brightens up. I like this hosta so much I have one in the garden in the shade and another one in a pot in a brighter location. Good growth rate. Pale lavender flowers in July.
Tissue culture sport of Royal Mouse Ears. Dense mound of white centred bluish-green margined foliage, leaf centre changes from gold to creamy white during summer. Medium growth rate. Purple flowers open in dense clusters in early July.
Hybrid of September Sun x H. plantaginea from Bob Solberg, 2012. Nice tall plant, semi- upright and fast growing with the best characteristics of both parents.The leaves are honey coloured and pucker with age, fragrant flowers come in late summer. Leaves are golden yellow, 10 inches long by 8 inches wide, 10-11 vein pairs, slightly rippled, slightly shiny on top, slightly glaucous bloom underneath, slightly wavy and moderately corrugated. Flowers are white, tubular, flowering in mid-July to mid-August. Likes extra sun.
Hosta laevigata x op. seedling from Doug and Marty Beilstein, 2016. Beautiful round powder blue leaves seem to float atop an open mound. Near white flowers held on scapes just above the leaves. There are lots of nice blue hostas but we think this one is going to be spectacular.
Introduced by Walters Gardens Inc. in 2011 as an improvement over its parent Eskimo Pie. This new sport is a much showier, larger specimen and a stronger grower overall. The wider brighter blue margin and and apple green jetting contrast nicely with the creamy white centre all season long. The leaves are of heavy substance, exhibiting good slug resistance. Near white flowers on white scapes in early summer.
Until a few years ago, this giant hosta from the late Mildred Seaver had not been commercially available. During the 2006 American Hosta Society auction, a single plant of Humpbacked Whale sold for $ 3700. This hosta forms a huge mound of blue-green foliage which turns all green later in the season. Leaves are 17"long x 13"wide, moderately wavy with a "hump"in mid-leaf, broadly ovate shaped, corrugated, and thick substanced. Near white bell shaped flowers are produced on 37"scapes in early summer. The lovely flamboyant lady in the picture on the right is the late Mildred Seaver, a very well know hybridizer from the late 1970's onward.
Sport of Parhelion from Cindy Tomashek, 2014. Leaves are a rich green with a pure white margin. Leaves broadly ovate, 15 inches x 12 inches, slightly rippled, shiny, slightly cupped, slightly folded, slightly wavy. Fast growing. Differs from its parent with its much darker green centre and slightly shorter habit. Pale lavender bell shaped flowers on arching scapes in July, sets viable seed.
This is another great hybridized hosta from Bob Solberg, (49 best x Red October) 2014. A seedling mix of of the species H. longipes, H. kikutii, and H. pycnophylla. The leaves are a very waxy blue-grey color in spring with rich cranberry colored petioles. Leaves turn green later in the season.The long heavily veined leaves are slightly rippled and move in the wind. Purple flowers in August on purple scapes. Fertile .
Seedling of Invincible from I. LaLonde and Naylor Creek, 2007. A very distinct hosta with an incredibly shiny lacquer like finish on both the top and the bottom of the leaves. Leaves are very dark green with a pie crust rippled margin, deep veining and good substance. Leaves are 13"long by 9 "wide, lightly wavy and ovate. Forms a vase shaped clump. Due to its plantaginea parentage, it exhibits some sun tolerance and produces 3 " fragrant, lavender flowers on 45" scapes in mid - August, sets viable seed. Beautiful plant to use as contrast to surrounding variegated or blue hostas to make both of them stand out.
Wide edged sport of Paradise Island from Walters Gardens Inc. Wide dark green margins stand out in sharp contrast to the bright yellow centres in early spring. As summer progresses the centres become more chartreuse when plants are grown in heavier shade or pale yellow if they are grown in more sun. Like Paradise Island this hosta also has showy red speckled petioles that bleed up into the leaves. Dark lavender flowers appear on reddish green scapes in mid-summer.
A superior sport of Sagae with broader rippled leaf margins. Spring leaves (11"x 9) are grey-green with yellow margins. Summer leaves have ivory margins and grey-green jetting towards the blue-green centre. Lavender flowers on 36"scapes in July. I have this hosta planted in front of a yellow magnolia. When the magnolia flower petals fall they are the same color as the hosta leaf borders- just stunning.
The reverse sport of 'Blue Ivory' from Walters Gardens Inc. 2014. Thick, pointed leaves have white centers and nice, wide blue edges. In the heat of summer, the white centers can become clouded with blue-green, but the spring and early summer coloration makes a classy looking plant. Grows slowly and performs best with some morning sun. Pale lavender flowers on 24 inch scapes in mid summer.
Tissue culture sport of Rich Uncle from M. Zilis, 2010. Forms a large mound of roundish gold centred foliage. Name means "rejoice" in the Zulu language. Leaf 9"long by 7"wide, gold centred with a 1/2 " wide green margin, corrugated, thick substanced. Near white flowers from late June into mid July on 30 " scapes. I didn't think much of this plant when it was small as it looked very plain but now that I am seeing it as a more mature plant, it is beautiful with its corrugated leaves and soft variegation. It now draws your attention when you walk by. Its parent Rich Uncle commands your attention when you walk by too. Both become much more golden throughout the summer and neither show any signs of burning in the sun.
H. montana macrophylla seedling. A very dramatic upright, arching mound. Leaf blade 18"x 10", elongated lanceolate to oval, medium to dark green, deeply lobed base with moderately wavy leaf margins, good substance, glossy, slightly dimpled, veins very distinct. Flowers pale lavender on 5 foot leaning scapes in July. Makes an impressive statement in a garden. We first seen this plant at the 2005 American Hosta Society Convention and fell in love with it. When we came home we searched till we found it. Place this plant in a sheltered area protected from late spring frosts as it is an early riser and can get hit with frost if it comes up too early.
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One of the best from Alttara Scheer of Connecticut. The leaves are 5"long by 2 1/2"wide and dark green with margins heavily rippled and serrated. It has medium to fast growth with lavender flowers.
Dark green shiny sport of its streaky parent Josephine from Bob Kuk, 1990. You will want to leave space in your garden for this one as it really pops out when planted beside a few variegated or blue hostas. All variegated hostas need a few solid colored ones planted beside them to make them stand out. Leaves 7 inches x 6 inches, ovate shaped, deeply lobed, with slight corrugation and good substance, shiny on the underside as well as on the top, maroon spots on the lower section of the petioles. Lavender flowers on 33 inch scapes in late July.
This fun hosta forms a wriggly, broadly mounding mass of very wavy, blue-green leaves accented with upright folded edges. Hold on tight for the ride of your life! 'Joy Ride' has wonderful frosty blue leaves of good substance. Leaves turn more of a blue-green color later in the season. Each pointed leaf has a strongly rolled up edge with large, intense ruffles. Some leaves are rolled and ruffled so much that the edges nearly touch, revealing the powdery white underside. Incredible!
HOSTA OF THE YEAR 2001
Tissue culture sport of Halcyon from Neo Plants out of England,1991. Leaf blade 6"x 4", oval, thick, centre chartreuse turning yellow then ivory if given more sun, irregularly margined blue with streaks jetting toward the midrib, smooth, slightly cupped, petiole chartreuse yellow. Pale lavender flowers in late July. Site in shade for more blue/chartreuse coloration. Still one of the most beautiful hostas of all time, always makes people stop and look when they see it in our garden. You can see in the photo that the leaves at the back of the plant in the shade are blue with a chartreuse centre but the leaves in the front of the plant that are getting more sun have a creamy white centre.
Wide margined sport of June Fever. Shiny leaves with wide deep green margins and centres that are a vivid yellow in spring, later turning chartreuse then light green by mid- summer. Lavender flowers appear on chartreuse scapes in mid to late summer. Gorgeous hosta.
sieboldii sport. Small arching sometimes rhizomatous mound of narrow, rippled, chartreuse to gold-centred, green margined foliage. Leaves 6 1/4"long x 2"wide with a 1/4"wide green margin. Leaf blade narrowly elliptic, moderately wavy, smooth textured and slightly shiny underneath. Petiole chartreuse outlined in green. Increases rapidly in a hot humid climate with lots of moisture. Pale purple flowers on 16"scapes in August. Equally wonderful as an edger or in pots where you can see it up close.
H.longipes seedling obtained from Japan by M. Zilis, 2009 that is unlike any other variegated hosta cultivar. Leaves 5"x 2", streaked and mottled green with large sectors of creamy white and golden yellow, ovate blade shape, pale purple flowers in August, medium growth rate.
Sport of Squash Casserole from Hans Hanson. Leaves 10 inches long by 8 inches wide, heavily rippled with dark green centres and gold margins. Medium purple flowers produced in July on 36 inch scapes. Key Lime Pie is notable for its beautiful combination of rippled margins and striking variegation.
Hybrid of Hosta Elatior x High Noon from Olga Petryszyn 1999. Very large hosta with intense, gold heart shaped leaves. Bright filtered shade brings out the most intense gold coloration. Lavender flowers on 32 "scapes in early summer. This hosta is considered a premium hosta variety, a part of a group of the finest hostas available today. Members of this collection were selected by a group of specialty hosta growers in zone 4-7 who together have a combined total of 150 years of hosta growing experience. To be considered a premium hosta, plants must perform superbly in all 4 zones, (4-7). They must also exhibit exemplary garden presence and performance, have a long season of appeal in the landscape, have leaves of good substance, and demonstrate a greater resistance to common garden pests.
Sport of Striptease from Barry Sligh of New Zealand, 2000. Leaf blade 6"x 3", centre glaucous chartreuse turning creamy yellow to ivory, widely margined with a rich blue-green with occasional silver flecks at the junction between the centre and the margin, slightly dimpled, oval, good growth rate. Bluish bloom covers the whole leaf surface in spring giving it a very beautiful and unique appearance. Stands out. Pale lavender flowers in July.
Sagae seedling from Barry Sligh of New Zealand. A large upright mound of blue-green foliage with leaves 12" long x 10" wide, thick substanced, with a thick underside bloom. Lavender flowers in July.
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Seedling of Donahue Piecrust from M. Seaver/C. Seaver, 2004. Forms a giant upright mound of blue-green heavily rippled foliage. The thick, 15 inch x 11 inch leaves are deeply veined and pointed. Flowers are light lavender seen in mid-summer.
Hybrid of H. Fascination x H. montana, 1994. Leaf blade 8"x 6", thick, soft golden chartreuse, widely and irregularly margined creamy white, satiny above, and glaucous below, dimpled, veins widely spaced, widely ovate, edge rippled. Leaf color starts out chartreuse in spring, turning gold in summer. Petiole chartreuse, outlined in cream. Pale lavender flowers in July. A very bright hosta, one of my favourites in mid-summer.
This is another beautiful small to small-medium sized hosta from Mary Chastain, 1998. The leaves are thick, slightly cupped, corrugated, heart shaped with a cream centre and wide blue-green edge. Flowers are near white on 12 inch scapes in mid-summer.
Hybrid of a seedling x Lakeside Ripples from Mary Chastain, 2001. Leaf blade 14"x 11", heavily rippled, shiny medium to dark green leaves, good substance, oblong-ovate shaped. Very pale lavender flowers in late July. Leave space for this plant. It is gorgeous as a mature plant, making a beautiful tall upright specimen. It may be all green but you will fall in love with it.
HOSTA OF THE YEAR FOR 2019
One of Mary Chastain's very best from 2006. Stunning small hosta features thick substanced, heart-shaped leaves with very wide, wavy, green margins. Narrow, creamy white markings in the centre shoot out from a feathery pattern from the cream petioles. Light lavender flowers on cream 22-24"scapes in mid-summer. I think this hosta will eventually be taller than originally thought. Mine in the shade is about 16-18 inches high.
This is an absolutely beautiful hosta from Mary Chastain, 2002. Parentage is unknown but once you see this hosta you will remember it. The thick substanced 6 inch x 9 inch dark green leaves are ovate to almost round shaped, VERY heavily corrugated, frilled and have a rippled edge. Pale lavender flowers on 25 inch scapes in July.
This hosta becomes a huge mound of heavily rippled dark green leaves, from Mary Chastain, 1991. Leaves 13"long x 9"wide, ovate shaped with a twisted tip, thin bloom on underside, good substance. Pale lavender flowers on tall scapes in July.
Another nice hosta from Mary Chastain, 1998. A large mound of gold-centered, blue-green-margined foliage with leaves 11 1/2"long by 9 1/8"wide. The 3-4"wide leaf margin turns a shiny dark green by midsummer. The leaves are ovate to broadly ovate, moderately corrugated at maturity, and thick-substanced. Pale lavender flowers open on 33"scapes from mid July into early August.
Originator's Stock (OS) directly purchased from Peter Ruh. Seedling from H. kiyosumiensis x pycnophylla from H. Sugita and Peter Ruh, 1998. Leaf blade 12" x 7", bluish green in spring, a shiny dark green by mid summer, leaf blade narrowly ovate, slightly rippled, smooth textured, very thick underside bloom, purple red petioles. By early summer the bluish bloom accumulates in the veins creating an interesting effect. Lavender flowers in August. Peter grew hostas for well over 50 years in Ohio, USA and was one of the original hosta hybridizers. We had the honor of meeting Peter and Jean at their home and nursery during th 2005 American Hosta Society Convension and purchased this hosta from them.
Leaf blade 13"x 11", very broadly ovate, dark green in the centre with a thin yellow irregular margin, moderately wavy, slightly corrugated, thick substance, satiny above and glaucous below, dimpled and puckered, prominently veined. Petiole pale green outlined in cream. Its beauty can only be appreciated at maturity. Lavender flowers open at the top of the scape in July.
An open pollinated seedling of ( Splashed Leather x Treasure Island ) from Doug Beilstein. This hosta has attractive bright green glossy leaves that are highly ruffled, folded and heavily puckered. Every leaf is different giving this hosta a wild and crazy look. Light purple flowers in late summer that are fertile. We originally brought this hosta in only for ourselves thinking no one would like such an unusual looking plant. Turned out many others liked it too.
Sport of Lemon Lime from R. Bowden and P. and J. Ruh, 2005. Green centred, chartreuse margined foliage, leaf blade 4"x 2", narrowly ovate, slightly rippled and thin substanced. Bright purple flowers in July. May rebloom in September. Needs full sun to bring out brighter variegation and more ripples. A very nice and dense small hosta that grows quickly. Great as an edger. Just like its parent, this little hosta looks way better in full sun. It causes it to stay shorter, brighter, denser and with lots more ripples in the leaves. If you situate this hosta in full sun give it alot of water to make sure the short roots don't dry out- maybe plant it near your watering hose.
Tissue culture sport of Lemon Lime from M. Zilis and R. Solberg, 2002. Leaves 3"x 1", chartreuse centred with a white margin, extremely vigorous. Purple flowers in July. Makes an ideal edging plant or low ground cover.
Tremendous Bob Solberg hybrid (H. clausa normalis F2 seedling x Strawberry Banana Smoothie) that beautifully combines gold foliage and red petioles in a small sized plant. Leaves 4" long x 3" wide, light lemony yellow, intensely red petioles. Purple flowers open on reddish scapes in July. Medium to fast growth rate. You need to let this hosta grow a few years in your garden before it actually starts to look nice.
Sometimes hybridizers have a good thing but still want to make it better. Lemon Kiss is an improvement on Bob Solberg's very popular Hosta Smiley Face. Bob has crossed Smiley Face back to Beet Salad. The result is a bright yellow very small hosta with good substance and intense red petioles.
Hybrid of H. nakaiana from R. Savory, 1977. Dense mound of greenish gold foliage, color much brighter with more direct sunlight, leaf blade 4"x 2", narrowly ovate, slightly wavy, smooth textured, thin substance, dull on top with a a whitish shiny underside. Bright purple flowers in July and if scapes are removed, it should rebloom in September. Great as an edging plant or in mixed window boxes. I have found this very fast growing hosta takes a lot of sun, in fact looks way better in almost full sun as it then stays shorter, brighter and very dense and compact.
Open pollinated seedling of hosta Quill. Another great mini to small seedling from Doug and Marty Beilstein, 2016. This wavy, highly ruffled mini hosta grows rapidly into a nice bright yellow mound. Lavender flowers. I wasn't sure of this plant when it first arrived but once I seen it coming up the following spring I found that the color changes over the season from a lignt green to a mix of a vibrant yellow and chartreuse. Add in a shine to the leaves and you have a very unique beautifully colored small hosta.
hypoleuca seedling from Peter Ruh 1991. Sibling to Azure Snow and Thor. Bright yellow leaves with snow white backs. Leaves 16 inches x 12 inches, broadly ovate shaped, slightly corrugated and lightly rippled, good substance, good growth rate. Pale lavender flowers on 24 inch scapes in July.
According to Bob Solberg this is his next generation of yellow hostas with red petioles for 2018. The leaves are cupped upward to accentuate the red as it saturates the midrib sometimes to near the middle of the leaf. The cupping is a new leaf shape for this line of breeding with some puckers thrown in here or there. In mid-summer a very dark purple scape emerges with pretty purple striped flowers in a tight mass. A great breeder too.
'Lemon Zinger' is Bob Solberg's new green-margined sport of the increasingly popular 'Dragon Tails'. Its wavy bright yellow leaves are outlined in dark green. It is a vigorous little mini, perfect in a pot. It just might be your cup of tea.
HOSTA OF THE YEAR FOR 2012
Sport of Sagae. HOSTA OF THE YEAR FOR 2012. Vase shaped habit. Leaf blade 12"x 9", centre blue-green turning green with a 2 inch wide golden yellow margin (turning ivory-cream later) jetting toward the midrib, matt to glaucous above and glaucous below, edge folded, widely oval, heavy substance, moderately rippled. An absolutely stunning plant, will stand out in any garden as a focal point. I have had this plant in my garden for many years now and I still think it is the most beautiful hosta that has come on the market. Pale lavender flowers in July.
(['Color Fantasy' X 'Alabama Gold'] X 'Venetian Blue') from Doug Beilstein , 2013. This flashy little hosta has narrow blue leaves with cream streaks. It is a good grower. Fertile producing streaky seedlings, great for a breeder plant.
H. Wiggle Worms x H. Red Sox from D. Van Eechaute, 2002. Small mound of wavy green elongated foliage having red petioles and scapes. Vigorous grower. Lavender flowers in late summer.
Sport of Little Jay from J. van den Top and D. Van Eechaute, 2008. More vigorous than its parent. As a young small plant leaf blades are narrow and slightly twisted giving the mound a strappy twisted look. As the plant matures it changes considerably with the leaf blades widening out and the plant becoming a nice compact full mound. Color is a creamy white in the centre with a very wide medium blue-green margin. Fast growth rate. Lavender flowers on cream scapes in early to mid summer. Nice in a pot which tends to keep the leaves long and narrow, but also perfect in the garden as a front and centre specimen.
Hybrid of H. Pineapple Pole x H. rectifolia Äurea' from R. Franks and R. Solberg, 2007. Upright mound. Leaf blade 7"x 1", thick, narrow, spiky, heavily rippled medium green leaves that have good substance. Tough enough to flourish in the garden with the big boys or you could put it in a hanging pot instead of a fern for a conversation piece. Lavender flowers in late July.
Reverse sport of Patriot from 1998. Leaf blade 6"x 4". Leaf centre white with a wide deep green margin. Leaves ovate shaped, slightly wavy and slightly corrugated with good substance. Lavender flowers in July. Grows well for a hosta with lots of white, and the white centre is not as prone to burning out as some other white centred hostas are. Having said that you will see a little bit of burning in this photo as this hosta was growing in alot of afternoon sun. Possibly a tetriploid.
Medium. One of the best of Bob Solberg's red seedling crosses. Clausa normalis F2 seedling x Strawberry Banana Smoothie. Sibling to Smiley Face. Unusual wavy yellow leaves with red on both sides of the petiole and up into the leaf. Red scapes with lavender flowers. Great breeding plant, fertile both ways. Needs to mature to be appreciated. Very bright yellow early in the spring changing to chartreuse in the summer. It actually looks nicer in the summer rather than in the spring.
A sport of Dance With Me, this hosta has the reverse variegation of Stitch in Time.This hosta displays a unique puckering between the wide green margin and narrow, chartreuse to creamy yellow centre. In more sun the centre can take on a slight orange tone. The 7"x 8" rounded leaves are of good substance and have widely ruffled edges. Lavender flowers on 22" scapes in late summer. Needs to mature before the centre puckering becomes evident.
Streaked seedling of Yellow Splash. Leaf color a shiny dark green with yellow and cream streaks. Leaf size 9 inches by 5 inches, ovate shaped, smooth textured, and very shiny on the underside. Pale lavender flowers on tall 48 inch scapes in July. Very fertile, produces streaked seedlings, good breeder plant. May need to be split often to keep the stable shoots out of it.
Hybrid of H. Frances Williams x H. August Moon from W. Vaughn, 1991. Upward facing small mound. Leaf blade 5"x 4", thick, very bright gold, heavily corrugated and cupped leaves, thick substanced, shiny above and glaucous below, somewhat unruly. Bell shaped flower, green-tipped virtually white on a chartreuse scape in July. Very large leaf bracts on scapes, large greenish purple seed pods. Slow to establish but eventually has a moderate growth rate. Takes a lot of sun in our gardens and does well.
Galaxy seedling from A. Malloy, 2004. Leaf blade 8"x 6", ovate shaped, lighter green in spring becoming dark green with a ¼" slightly rippled, brassy gold edge later in the season. Pale lavender flowers in July.
Hybrid of Neat Splash x gracillima. The long narrow twisted leaves are definitely true to its name. Leaves 5"long x 1"wide, centre yellowish early becoming ivory, margin splashed with emerald green and olive green, rippled and twisted. Petioles ivory, outlined in 2 shades of green. Deep lavender flowers open from green buds on an upright leafy charteuse scape. My experience with this one has been lots of sun with lots of water enhances the rippling and twisting of the leaves. Looks wicked in a shallow pot with other minis.
D. & M. Beilstein 2009) (Sport of streaked 'Blue Angel') Huge, (22" X 54" or larger) This one of Doug Beilstein's is a sport of the classic 'Blue Angel', named for his daughter. The huge blue leaves emerge with this wide, soft yellow border that will become white by late summer. It grows well and has the same wonderful near white flower display as its parent.
A 1986 cross between Sagae and Tokudama Aureonebulosa from a great hybridizer, Olga Petryszyn, Memphis Blue forms a beautiful large upright mound of heavily corrugated thick blue heart shaped leaves that hold their blue color well into the season. Produces white flowers.
A sport of Hosta Pathfinder from Naylor Creek from 2008, non-registered. Leaves are 5"long x 4 inches wide, thick, dark green edges, centre starts out white with green specks in the spring becoming mottled with more and more dark green as the season progresses. Lavender flowers in late July into August.
Sport of Blue Mouse Ears from Walters Gardens Inc. 2006. Leaf blade 3"x 3", flat, mouse ear shaped, emerges blue-green with a bright creamy-yellow edge. By summer, leaves turn grey-green with a creamy white edge. Incredible substance with a moderately fast growth rate. Lavender flowers are produced on perfectly proportioned scapes in July.
Sport of 'Mighty Mouse' from Walters Gardens Inc., 2013. Leaves are blue-green, circled by a wide, creamy-yellow edge that has big, loopy waves. The wavy edges give the thick leaves a twist, making for a dense clump that is a bit rowdy. A fun, flirty addition to the mouse family.
Hosta Miss Linda Smith is a seedling of unknown parentage from Arthur Wrede. 2006. Leaf blade 7"x 5", blue-grey to green, ovate shaped, moderate underside bloom, slightly rippled, better than average substance, deep purple petioles. Light purple flowers on deep purple scapes in late July. Arthur Wrede (originator) considers this his best introduction.
Sport of H montana found in Japan. Vase shaped mound. Leaf blade 15"x 8", oblong-eliptical to ovate shaped, green centred gold margined foliage, bright gold in spring, chartreuse in summer, leaf blade arching, slightly rippled, deeply impressed vein pairs, faintly corrugated, good substance. Pale lavender flowers on 48" scaped in July. One of the most beautiful hostas you'll recongize a long ways away.
Hybrid of Invincible x Northern Halo. Beautiful mound of bluish smooth foliage becoming shiny green with early flowering fragrant flowers to boot! Leaves 10"x 9", wavy, moderately rippled, slightly cupped, and thick substanced. Fragrant pale lavender flowers open from mid July into August on 36-40" scapes.
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Mini. Really cute sport of Blue Mouse Ears from Shady Oaks Nursery. Emerges in spring with a pure white centre and a few green specks, surrounded by blue green edges. Edges may turn more green by mid summer. Excellent growth rate. Lavender flowers on white scapes in June.
This vigorous new yellow miniature hosta from G. Goodwin, introduced by Walters Gardens, is the perfect size for troughs and fairy gardens. Short and narrow leaves hold their bright yellow colour all season long. Since the leaves are so narrow there isn't a prominent leaf base, and the leaves simply taper to become part of the petiole. Lavender flowers appear above the petiole in mid-summer.
Hybrid of (H. Maekawa x Halcyon) x H. Salute from H. Hansen, 2006. This unique blue hosta forms a lovely cascading clump of narrow wedge-shaped 13"long x 7"wide leaves with heavily rippled edges and good leaf substance. They emerge bright glaucous blue in spring and hold their color well. Blue-green in summer. Pale lavender flowers in early August into early September on arching scapes, sets viable seed.
Hybrid of H. montana macrophylla x H. Sea Drift from W. Brinka and O. Petryszyn, 1991. Semi-upright mound of heavily rippled green foliage. Leaf blade, 14"x10", is broadly oblong-ovate. Leaves are deeply veined, thick substanced and leaf tips curl and twist. At maturity huge cascading leaves have moderate corrugation. Pale lavender flowers on 45" scapes in late July. Anyone after pie-crusted margins should put this hosta at the top of their list. The large mound size and vase-shaped habit accentuates this trait.
Very upright vase shaped mound of deeply cupped blue-green foliage in spring, dark green by mid-summer. Leaf blade 12"x 9" widely oval to nearly round, moderately corrugated, thick substance, with a thick bloom on leaf underside. Pale lavender flowers on towering 58" scapes in late July. Shoots emerge almost black in spring. This hosta is easily distinguished with its upright architectural structure.
Tissue cultured sport of Love Pat. Leaves white-misted in the centre with a blue-green margin. Margin is heavily rippled, giving a twisted look to the leaf. Registered by the Ontario Hosta Society.
Sport of Glory from H. Hansen, 1999. Pale green coloration in the spring that brightens up dramatically in the summer with sun. Leaf blade 9"x 7", green margined, gold centred, broadly ovate, heart shaped, moderately wavy, slightly corrugated, thin underside bloom. Vigorous growth rate. Purple flowers with unusual internal markings in late June. A stunning plant that stands out amongst other hostas.
Selected H montana from a Japanese collection. Leaf blade 10" x 6", gold centred, irregular 2 tone green margin with streaks jetting towards the midrib, becoming green by mid-summer. Deeply veined, very bright color. Lavender flowers in late July. One of the last hostas to come up in spring but one of the most beautiful.
Sport of Dancing Queen from Walters Gardens Inc. 2016. The leaves have dark green centres and very wide yellow margins. The dramatic margins have irregular patterns varying from 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches creating a very feathery look. The intense yellow margins mellow to charteuse by mid-summer. Pale lavender flowers appear above the foliage from mid to late summer
H. longipes hypoglauca seedling, registered in 1999 by H. Benedict and R. Solberg. This seedling was found by Bob Solberg in Herb Benedicts compost pile. This is another one of those hostas that you will recognize easily once you see it. Forms a medium sized mound of smooth, shiny green leaves with rich red petioles, the red extending up into the midrib of the blade. Leaves 6 inches x 4 inches, ovate shaped, slightly wavy, whitish shiny on the underside. Purple flowers open on 16 inch scapes very late from mid September to October. This hosta has been used widely for breeding more red into the petioles and leaves of hostas.
Hybrid of Hosta Sea Prize x hypoleuca from Ed Elslager, 2000. Medium sized mound of foliage with ovate shaped leaves that are 6 inches x 4 inches, good substanced with a creamy white centre and 2 inch wide dark green margins. Pale purple flowers on 20 inch scapes in late July. The nice contrast between the leaf centre and margins makes this hosta stand out.
Outstanding sport of Paul's Glory from Bob Solberg, 2002. Leaf blade 7"x 5", ovate shaped, wide blue green margin, centre orange/gold as it emerges from the soil, becoming lighter later in the season with bright light, slightly corrugated, slightly wavy, good substance, medium growth rate. Pale lavender flowers in late July.
A pycnophylla seedling from Japan. Small sized mound of slightly wavy white margined, green centred smooth foliage with a white back on the leaf underside. Average growth rate. Pale lavender flowers in late summer. The name is derived from a small island in the inland Sea where H. pycnophylla is native.
Sport of Baby Bunting from H. Hansen, 1996. Leaf blade 2 ½" x 1 ½", glaucous, creamy white centred foliage, irregular dark grey- green leaf margins with transitional chartreuse streaks jetting toward the midrib, slightly corrugated, leaf blade ovate, slightly cupped, good substance, good growth rate. Petiole cream with green outline. Bright purple flowers on tall pinkish white scapes in July. An ablsolutely adorable mini hosta.
HOSTA OF THE YEAR FOR 2007
Sport of Abiqua Recluse. Hosta of the year for 2007. Leaf blade 11" x 9", thick, chartreuse green turning yellow, widely margined dark green jetting toward the midrib, satiny above and glaucous below, ovate shaped, heavily corrugated, slightly wavy, leaf folded to cupped, good substance. Medium growth rate. Near white flowers in June. I have mine in almost full sun and it does very well.
Sport of Paul's Glory. Leaf blade 9"x 7", light green centre turning gold with a wide pale blue margin that turns blue-green, thick substance. Pale lavender flowers in July. Very attractive hosta. Our plant does considerably well in lots of sun.
Sport of Sum and Substance. Leaf blade 15"x 12", oval, bright chartreuse to light green centre with a narrrow and irregular white margin. Shiny above, and thinly glaucous below, dimpled to seersuckered, edge gently rippled, leaf shallowly cupped or convex, thin substance. Good growth rate. Pale lavender flowers in late July. Makes a huge and beautiful focal point.
HOSTA OF THE YEAR FOR 1997
Sport of Francee with a wider white margin, from J. Machen Jr., 1991. Patriot was the top selling white margined hosta in the 1990's and is still requested in our little nursery each year when customers see it. The clean wide white margins make it stand out in our garden. Leaves are 8 inches long by 6 inches wide, dark green centre, 1/2 to 1 inch wide margin that changes from creamy yellow in spring to white in summer, blade is ovate, slightly wavy, generally smooth textured, thin underside bloom, good substance. Flowers are lavender, narrow funnel shaped on 30 inch scapes in late July.
Another interesting hosta from D. & M. Beilstein 2013 with some wonderful parentage: ([H. nigrescens X op seedling] X ['Elvis Lives' X 'Salute' seedling]) Doug Beilstein is rapidly producing a fine group of highly ruffled blue hostas. A very waxy, broad leafed, medium-sized hosta, 'Petticoat Junction' has a lively appearance, with its tight ruffles and twisted leaf tips.
Sport of Indigo from Mark Zilis, 2011. The leaves are intensely blue with a chartreuse margin, moderately wavy, lance shaped, glaucous on top. Near white tubular flowers bloom from late July into August. I have admired the parent plant Indigo in my garden for a long time as the intense blue color lasts well into the season until the plant flowers. Many other blue hostas are loosing their intense blue color by this time making Indigo stand out. Picasso should be just as spectacular.
Wide edged sport of Rainforest Sunshine. Forms a small compact hosta with thick, rugose, distinctly cupped leaves that are yellow with broad deep green margins at maturity. The centres of the leaves are chartreuse in spring and brighten as the season progresses. Light lavender flowers are produced in early to mid summer.
Leaf blade 2"x 1 ½", ovate, light blue-grey, leaf slightly folded and slightly wavy with smooth texture, average substance, good vigor. Pale lavender flowers in late June. A premier dwarf-sized hosta cultivar.
Originator's stock (OS) directly from Peter Ruh. Peter is one of the original hosta hybridizers from Ohio USA. Leaf blade 14"x 11", rich powdery blue color, glaucous above and below, leaf blade very broadly oblong ovate, cupped downward, heavily corrugated, thick substance. Very pale lavender flowers in July. This cultivar holds true to its name with its intensely blue foliage color. Beautiful grown with lacy ferns or other contrasting dark green foliage.
Tissue culture sport of Powder Blue. Leaves 10 inches long by 8 inches wide, blue-green with many creamy white and yellow streaks and mottled areas; corrugated and thick substanced. Near white flowers from mid-June into July on 24 inch scapes; fertile. As with most streaky hostas this one is a little high maintenance as you need to remove the solid blue shoots every few years or they will take over the plant.
One of the bluest hostas available. Retains its showy color all season. Seedling of H. rupifraga x H. Maruba Iwa x H. Blue Jay from H. Hansen, 2005. Forms a tight clump of powdery blue, lightly cupped, nearly round, slightly corrugated 6"wide x 7"long leaves with thick bloom on leaf underside. Pale lavender flowers on 18-24"scapes from late July into August. Try pairing this hostas with gold leafed hostas or heucheras.
Sport of Prairie Fire from Walters Gardens Inc. from 2015. Gardeners will admire the brilliant yellow centres of this hosta with the centre holding its yellow colour well into fall. 1 1/2 to 2 inch dark green margins frame the bright centres for a brilliant display. Light green coloration appears where the margin and the centres overlap. Lavender flowers in mid summer.
Wonderful streaky hosta from W. Silvers, 2009. Medium sized mound of beautiful slightly rounded 9 inch x 8 inch green leaves with yellow to creamy white streaks. Fragrant nearly white flowers.
HOSTA OF THE YEAR FOR 2011
HOSTA OF THE YEAR FOR 2011. One of the most unique hostas on the market. Leaf blade 7"x 2", olive green, very narrow, cupped lengthwise and twisted with significant marginal waves, with a thin yellow-gold margin, smooth, prominently veined, satiny above and glossy below. Petiole green with yellow outline, lavender flowers in July. Upright habit makes it beautiful in a pot. Definetely a collector's hosta.
Hybrid of rectifolia Ogon Tachi x Lily Pad from Mark Zilis. Leaves 7"long x 4"wide, shiny, dark green, many distinct corrugated depressions throughout the blade. Fast growth rate. Mediuim purple flowers on tall 16-30"scapes from mid July into August.
This cute variegated sport of Blue Mouse Ears was found at Walters Gardens Inc. It displays the reverse variegation pattern of Mighty Mouse, bearing rounded leaves with blue green margins and a creamy yellow to creamy white centre. Like its parent, the leaves are of heavy substance. This showy miniature hosta is perfectly suited to troughs or the edge of the border. Lavender flowers in mid summer.
Very beautiful and unique hosta from Bill Janssen . Leaves are blue with purple petioles, but the purple extends up into the centre of the leaf in the veins creating a "purple haze "look. The purple in the leaves does fade in the summer, although here in Ontario with a considerable amount of sun being given to our hostas in our gardens, the purple has persisted well into summer.
Species hosta native to Oshima Island, Japan. Medium sized mound, leaves 9 1/2 inches x 7 1/2 inches wide, ovate shaped with many slight marginal ripples; smooth texture, good substance, intense white bloom on leaf underside. Leaf petioles and flower scapes are heavily speckled with reddish purple. Medium lavender flowers open on 31 inch long recumbent scapes (almost horizontal) from mid August into September, beautiful white bracts subtend the flowers, forms many seed pods. Very important breeding plant that passes on traits such as the recumbent scapes, white floral bracts, intense white bloom on the leaf underside, and good marginal rippling.
Original seedling of unknown parentage from Mildred Seaver, 2001. Leaf blade 11"x 9", heavily rippled, thick, intensely glaucous, rich blue-grey, turning more green later in summer, some corrugation when mature, veins furrowed, edge strongly piecrusted and slightly serrated, deeply lobed and twisted at the tip, broadly oval, good substance. Near white flowers in July. The dramatic rippled margins will stand out in any collection. An extremely beautiful hosta to have as a centre piece. I look forward to seeing this hosta each spring after it unfurls. It turns green throughout the summer but its spring show is well worth it.
Sport of Obsession from H. Hansen, 2005. This unique hosta exhibits incredibly variegated, shiny foliage. The bright yellow leaves of good substance have dark green margins that jet into the centre, and the centre brightens to creamy white in the summer. It forms a medium sized mound of attractive foliage.The substance is plastic like and the contrast between the leaf centre and narrow margin is vivid and attractive. Lavender flowers on 19" showy red scapes in August.
HOSTA OF THE YEAR 2013
A bright sport of Maui Buttercups. Leaves 7"x 6", emerge light green, then quickly develop 1" dark green margins and a radiant gold centre. As they mature, the thick leaves become lightly cupped and heavily puckered. Light lavender flowers. The sharply contrasting variegation makes it a stand out plant in the garden.
Beautiful hosta from Ron Livingston. Rare tri-color leaves make this hosta incredibly unique and showy. The colors change a bit with the season, starting off with a creamy white centre and green margins. Where the centre and margin meet, a beautiful shade of army green appears and the centre brightens to crisp white. The leaves become slightly cupped when they are mature. Semi-upright mound, pale lavender flowers.
Sport of June. Leaf blade 6"x 4", oval, thick, smooth, glaucous, in spring very bright yellow turning to bright ivory, irregularly and narrowly margined mid-green with a blue undertone and some jetting toward the midrib. Petiole cream outlined in blue-green. Lavender flowers on ivory scapes in July. Medium to slow growth rate but well worth the wait. The bright yellow in spring is breathtaking--try one in a pot near your door.
Sport of Loyalist. Leaf blade 7"x 4", ovate shaped, dark green margined with a creamy white centre that is green speckled, somewhat twisted, good substance, vigorous growth rate, satiny above and glaucous below. Lavender flowers on creamy white scapes in July.
Hybrid of H. Shining Tot x unknown from G. Johnson, 2004. Quickly makes a small full mound of wavy blue foliage, very attractive, both in the garden and in a pot. Leaves 5 inches long by 2 inches wide, 4-5 vein pairs, medium blue-green, slightly rippled, glaucous bloom on top as well as underneath, moderately wavy, ovate shaped. Tubular lavender flowers on 10-12 inch scapes in mid August to September.
Hybrid of H. Green Fountain x an unnamed seedling from K. Terpening and J. Maier, 2005. Nice upright mound of leaves that are rippled with curled tips. Leaves 10 inches long by 4 inches wide, green, lance shaped, 6-7 vein pairs, edges heavily rippled and serrated. Flowers mid-August to September on 28 inch scapes.
A hybrid of One Man's Treasure x Strawberry Delight from B. and D. Stegeman, 2012. A hosta collector's delight. Prominent red petioles with red pigment flowing about one third of the way up the midrib on both sides of the leaves are what make this hosta so desirable. The shiny green leaves of good substance also have attractive wavy margins. In late summer fabulous 24" arching red scapes carry lavender flowers.
Tissue culture sport of Ray of Hope from M. Zilis and R. Solberg, 2005. Feel the excitement as your eyes ride up and down the rippled white line that borders the narrow medium green leaves of this variegated form of the species hosta laevigata. Small mound of heavily rippled, wavy, green-centred, white margined foliage, leaves 6 inches long by 2 inches wide with a 1/8 inch wide creamy white margin. Narrow petaled spider like purple flowers from late August into September.
A fortunei Hyacinthina mutation from R. Rossing, 1993. This plant has the same origins as Gold Standard, it differs by its more intensely colored foliage in the summer. The leaves are 9" long by 6" wide, gold- centered with a bluish-green to green margin; ovate-shaped and good substance. Lavender flowers appear from late July into August. This plant has a medium to fast growth rate. Just like Gold Standard, the colors are very muted in the spring but become very bright in the summer if given lots of sun.
Sport of Blue Mouse Ears from E. and J. Deckert, 2004. Leaves 3 inches x 2 inches, nearly round, very thick, 8-9 vein pairs, blue-green streaked with gold and cream, flat, dull on top, glaucous bloom on the underside. Flowers 1" striped, bell shaped on 6-7 1/2 inch scapes from June into mid - July.
Very unusual hosta known for its very odd, gnarled, white centred foliage, giving it its popularity for its strange habits. Leaves 4 inches long by 3 inches wide, heavily twisted, chartreuse-margined and white centred, slightly ovate shaped, corrugated along some veins and thin substanced. Lavender flowers in July on 12-24 inch scapes. Thought to be a tissue culture sport of Gold Edger.
A sport of Blue Mouse Ears with rippled and frilled margins found at Q & Z Nursery. The thick substance leaves are 2 3/4" long by 2 1/2 "wide and are blue-green to green with a rippled edge at maturity. Pale purple flowers on 8-10"scapes in July. Ruffled Mouse Ears has a slow growth rate.
HOSTA OF THE YEAR FOR 2000
Sport of H. fluctuans. Very impressive vase shaped mound of wavy, yellow margined foliage. Leaf blade 14"x 10", broadly ovate shaped, center blue-tinted mid-green with some grayish streaks. Margin lightens to creamy white when grown with some direct light. Leaf smooth textured and thick substanced. Petiole green outlined in cream. Lavender flowers in profusion on scapes up to 50" high in July.
Sea Fire sport from B. Solberg, 1995. Leaf blade 7"x 4",oval, emerges satiny, sharp acid-yellow from red shoots that turn green, narrowly and irregularly margined greenish cream initially then turning pure white with streaks jetting toward the midrib, matt above and glaucous below, corrugated, prominently veined, convex when mature, good substance. Pale lavender flowers open in late July. Very intense color in spring.
F-2 seedling of H. longissima from Japan, G. Johnson, 2004. Very distinct looking hosta, gives lots of contrast to wider leafed hostas. Small semi-upright mound of narrow white margined foliage; leaf centre medium green; leaf size 8"long x 7/8" wide; margin 1/4 "to 1/2" wide; leaf blade very narrowly elliptic, smooth textured and slightly shiny on the underside. Narrow funnel shaped purple flowers early to late August on 22" scapes.
Sport of Piedmont Gold from C. Wasitis, 2000. Beautiful specimen plant in the garden that always has customers asking for it. The contrast between the green leaf centre and the gold margin increases during the summer with some sun. Leaves are 11 inches long by 9 inches wide, dark green in the centre with a 1-2 inch wide chartreuse margin that later turns to gold. Foliage broadly ovate, lightly rippled, slightly corrugated with a thin underside bloom, good substance, 15-16 vein pairs. Near white flowers on 42 inch scapes in late June into July, forms seed pods.
This frilly little sport of Church Mouse shares all the same great features of its parent but possess a clearly defined yellow margin. Thick coarsely wavy leaves have blue-green to green centres and creamy yellow margins that holds its color fairly consistently throughout the season. Flower scapes carry lavender flowers above the foliage in early summer. If you have a church in your mouse village, you need a school.
Foliage emerges fiery golden yellow from red shoots in the spring, turning medium green by early summer. Leaf blade 9"x 7", ovate shaped, slightly wavy and moderately corrugated, thin underside bloom, good growth rate. Petiole chartreuse with red dots toward the crown Pale lavender flowers open from purple buds on chartreuse scapes in July. One of the brightest gold hostas in spring.
Open pollinated seedling of Hosta Neat Splash, 1982. One of Mildred Seavers favourite plants at that time. Leaves are 6 inches long x 5 inches wide, chartreuse with streaks of creamy white, yellow and darker green. Leaf blades are ovate shaped, slightly corrugated and slightly wavy, average substance. Pale lavender flowers in July on 28 inch scapes. Forms seed pods with fertile seeds, giving lots of streaky seedlings. Great for hybridizing with. As with many streaky hostas you will need to dig this one up every few years to take the solid colored shoots out or they will take over the plant.
Sport of Sea Lightning. Medium sized mound of green margined, creamy yellow to white centred foliage, leaf size 8"long x 4"wide, margin 3/4"wide, leaf blade elliptical, slightly wavy, dimpled when mature, petiole red dotted. Pale purple flowers on 36"scapes in late July. Place carefully in the garden giving it only limited morning sun. Can scorch if in too hot a location.
I just love the little bit of light color in between the margin color and the centre color of this gorgeous hosta. Self- pollinated seedling of Dorothy Benedict from Stuart Asch 2004. Wavy yellow margined foliage, margin 1 1/2 "wide, leaf centre medium to dark green. Leaves 12"x 9", ovate shaped, good substanced. Near white flowers in late summer on scapes up to 42 " high, forms many seed pods. The gold margin of Seducer has an attractive, brassy tinge, made even more striking by its waviness.
Medium sized hosta from Bob Solberg from H. Francee x unknown. Thick tri-colored leaves with white centres and wide green margins. Leaves are very triangular with excellent substance, almost feel rough in texture. This hosta has a wow factor that stops customers in their tracks to have a closer look. Pictures just don't do it justice. Considerable amount of sun tolerance.
One of the best blue hostas from Don Dean. A cross between Silver Frost x Blue Moon. Leaves 8"x 7", rounded, intense silver blue, thick and seersuckered, unruly, with a very thick underside bloom on the leaf underside. Forms a dense, flat-topped mound. Pale lavender flower on 22" scapes in July.
A seedling from Outhouse Delight from Alex Malloy. An odd and unusual must have for any serious collector. Misted leaves, 2 1/2 "long by 1"wide, speckled green and white foliage in early spring, increasing in its green color throughout the growing season, average substance. Pale lavender flowers in mid to late July on 15"scapes. Fast growth rate, rapidly forms divisions. This mini is greatly appreciated if you view it up close. Would be great in a mini pot.
Sport of Blue Umbrellas from Walters Gardens Inc. A reverse sport of Dancing in the Rain. Broadly ovate leaves with a pointed tip emerge blue-green with a narrow chartreuse margin that brightens to gold as the season progresses. The leaves are of good substance with deeply impressed veins and some corrugation at maturity. Pale lavender flowers are produced in mid-summer. Very large mound at maturity.
A Sea Prize seedling from Jim Schwartz of Dubuque, Iowa. An attractive colorful mound of moderately corrugated leaves, 10 1/4"long by 7 3/4"wide. The leaves are bluish to green in color with many gold streaked and mottled areas . The variegation is highly variable from leaf to leaf. It has a medium to slow growth rate. Pale lavender flowers are produced in July on 24"scapes; forms many seed pods. As with many streaky hostas you will need to take this hosta apart every few years to remove the solid colored blue shoots or they will take over the plant.
Sport of Striptease from A. Torvinen with a wider white stripe in the centre. Leaves 7 inches long by 5 inches wide, light green centre, medium green margin with a 1/8 "to 1/4 'white line between. Lavender flowers in July.
Sport of Sea Gulf Stream; gold margins accentuated by rippling; tremendous specimen plant. Leaves 13"long x 10"wide, medium green centre with a rippled 1" wide gold margin; good substance. Medium growth rate. Near white flowers produced from late June into mid-July on arching 40" scapes that lie only 12" off the ground.
A seedling with a H. seiboldiana background from Mildred Seaver, 1999. A large mound of thick, foliage that is heavily misted green and white in the center with a blue-green margin giving the effect that the plant has been drizzled with milk. Leaf blade is 10"x 8" ovate, waxy and moderately corrugated. Near white flowers from mid June into July.The variegation varies a bit from plant to plant, some exhibiting more misting, others developing large white streaks.
A sport of Paul's Glory. Leaves are yellow centered with a wide 3 ½" blue-green margin and are thick substanced. Leaves are 11"x 10" ovate to oblong in shape, wavy and moderately corrugated. Pale lavender flowers in mid July. Differs significantly from Paul's Glory by its much wider margin. Stands out well from other hostas with its beauty.
HOSTA OF THE YEAR FOR 2006
Tissued culture sport of Guacamole from H. Hansen of Shady Oaks Nursery 1999. Hosta of the year for 2006. Leaves bright gold-centered with a 1" green margin, 9"x 7", ovate in shape, convex, strongly veined, moderately wavy, slightly corrugated, good substance. Fragrant pale lavender flowers in August. At its peak in midsummer, the bright gold leaf center outshines just about any other hosta making it an ideal specimen plant. Sun tolerant.
Seedling X 'One Man's Treasure' from Bob Solberg, 2011. This is the one!!! The ultimate goal of breeding purple-petioled hostas is to produce an upright plant with rich regal purple color that runs up into the veins at the base of the leaf. Add a bright white back to the leaf and you have the perfection of the purple running all the way into the white. This is that dream plant. It has purple scapes as well and blooms in late August and September. It is a prolific seed producer.
Striking sport of gold leaved Sweet Sunshine from Bob Solberg. Leaves 9"long by 8"wide, dark green centre, yellow margin, cupped, slightly corrugated, better than average substance. Fragrant white flowers on 30" scapes in mid July to early August. Medium to fast growth rate.
HOSTA OF THE YEAR FOR 2004
Hosta of the year for 2004. Selected seedling from Florence Shaw,1980, registered by P. Aden. Massive mound of chartreuse to medium gold foliage. Leaves 16"x10"are broadly ovate in shape, shiny to waxy above, ribbed veins, moderately corrugated, cupped up or down and thick substanced. Pale lavender flowers in late July. Sum and Substance helped shape the interest in hostas as shade garden plants and has consistently been one of the best selling hostas. Very sun tolerant.
A tissue culture sport of Sum and Substance from Mark Zilis, 1999. Huge mound, foliage is green-centered with a gold margin. Mature leaves are 16"x 12", broadly oblong ovate, wavy, convexly cupped, slightly corrugated, somewhat unruly and thick substanced. Droopy scapes of pale lavender flowers appear in late July.
Sport of Sum and Substance from Mark Zilis 2010. Huge mound of chartreuse centred leaves, 14 inches long by 11 inches wide, with 1 inch dark green margins. With bright sunlight the thick leaves may change to gold centred. Pale lavender flowers on 40- 48 inch scapes in late July.
This miniature hosta hybridized by Tony Avent has a similar leaf shape and performance to Hosta Blue Mouse Ears but with brilliant yellow leaves that hold their yellow color well into summer. The color is perfect for brightening up hosta troughs and gardens. Compared to Blue Mouse Ears, Sun Mouse is a little shorter. Plant in morning sun or filtered sun to brighten up the color. Lavender flowers on 12 inch scapes in mid-summer. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc.
A dense upright mound of thick chartreuse turning bright golden yellow leaves. The 12"x 7" leaf blade is oval shaped, slightly dimpled, matt above and glaucous below, prominently veined and the edge is widely undulated. In late summer the paler coloured petiole seems to dramaticallly pierce the brassy golden leaf blade. Lavender flowers appear in July.
NEW FOR 2020
This hosta is the result of a backcross of a Hosta Tom Terrific sibling back to its purple-petioled parent from Bob Solberg, 2019. The result is a very upright medium sized tetraploid hosta with pointed wavy leaves that have the vibrant yellow color of Hosta Key West and rich purple petioles up into the leaf blade.
A selfed seedling of Invincible from Ralph Benedict and K. Walek 2009. A open mound of shiny, thick, leathery, mid to dark olive green leaves. Leaf blades are 5"x 3" slightly rippled and slightly folded, shiny below, smooth and heart shaped. Petioles are olive green with red staining toward the crown. Slightly fragrant pale lavender flowers bloom in late August.
Sport of Hosta Little Aurora from Tony Avent, 1998. Very unique little hosta that has 2-3 inch rounded lime green leaves which show a very interesting dark green watermark outline in the shape of a maple leaf. Needs at least a few hours of sun to bring this marking out. Lavender flowers on 15 inch scapes in early summer.
Incredibly corrugated deep-blue, 2009 introduction from Jim Husemann of Asbury, Iowa. Selected seedling of Rosedale Black Hole. Leaves 8" long by 7 1/2 " wide, deep blue-green, intensely corrugated, cupped, unruly, thick substanced. Flowers produced from late June into mid-July.
Sport of Tiny Tears from P. Black & T. Johnson, Sebright Gardens, 2005. This H. venusta like miniature has dark green leaves that are folded and twisted. It is a fast grower and spreader, ideal for the garden or pot. The flowers are so tiny that they have no petals, just the stamens with the yellow pollen, hence the flowers appear yellow. Quite a unique little hosta.
Hosta nigrescens background. Upright mound of blue-green foliage with leaves 10"x 7". Leaf blade is ovate in shape, cupped and moderately corrugated, has a thick underside bloom and is thick substanced. Lavender flowers are produced on scapes over 6 feet tall. Architecturally stunning. Can easily plant smaller hostas underneath this upright hosta.
Hybrid of Hosta Spritzer x pycnophylla from Greg Johnson, 20004. Beautiful bright hosta with leaves 3 inches wide by 7 inches long, slightly rippled and wavy showing off the whitish underside. Leaves emerge brilliant yellow in spring, turning more chartreuse to light green in summer. Petioles are spotted with purple. Funnel shaped flowers on 26 inch scapes in late August.
A sport of Sir Richard from Jim Schwarz. Leaves 10"x7" ovate shaped, bluish green in the center with a gold to creamy white margin that is slightly rippled. Leaves are also moderately corrugated and have good substance. Medium growth rate. Lavender flowers in July.
Hosta Hacksaw x Atom Smasher hybrid from Kent Terpening. The upright habit draws attention to the extremely bright red petioles of the 5"x 1 ¼ " long, narrow, intensely rippled, lanced-shaped green leaves. Lavender flowers in July.
1988 Mark Zillis hybrid of H. kikutii leuconata X H sieboldiana Elegans. Keeps its incredibly bright blue coloration late into summer after which the leaves are dark green. One unusual characteristic of Tidewater is the narrowness of the blade for leaves maturing at such a large size. Leaves 12"long by 6"wide (can be larger), narrowly ovate shaped, wavy, deeply veined and covered with a thick bloom on both top and underside surfaces, good substance. Medium lavender flowers, subtended by long bracts, bloom in August on three foot scapes. Medium to fast growth rate.
'Urajiro Hachijo' x 'Blue Clown' from Don Dean in 2000. Very blue, waxy leaves with long points and some nice ruffling. This vigorous silver-blue clumps up quickly with leathery, smooth centered and wavy edged leaves that are heavily coated with wax on both the upper and lower surface. At only 9″ tall, this 34″ wide clump is perfect for the front of the border. Loves morning and late afternoon sun but needs protection from mid-day sun to preserve the blue well into the season. A second flush of leaves mid to late season keeps the blue coming. Lavender flowers in late summer.
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This hosta is a cross of Hosta key West with a purple petiole breeder from Bob Solberg, 2018. It has rounded puckered leaves showing its H. sieboldiana heritage, and remains yellow all season. It is named for Tom Micheletti, past presient of the American Hosta Society, as well as the cartoon superhero on Captain Kangaroo.
A chemically induce sport of June, produced by H. Hansen and Shady Oaks Nursery in 1999. Differs from its mother plant by its thicker plastic like foliage and wider margin. Leaf blade 8"x6" with a 2¼" wide deep blue-green margin in midsummer changing to shiny dark green. Leaf center medium gold to chartreuse. Pale lavender flowers in July.
An unusual sport of London Fog that under goes tremendous seasonal colour changes. Leaves emerge light yellow in the spring changing to green with white misting by mid summer. Leaf blades are narrowly ovate and of average substance. It has a medium growth rate and pale lavender flowers in July.
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([ 'Astral Bliss' x Purple Verticulated Elf' ] x Chabo unazuki) . This new almost mini from Don Dean, 2017, has just 4 inch leaves and stands only 8 inches high. It makes a very tight, flat mound of wavy very blue foliage that is folded into star shaped points. On the other hand it looks a bit prickly too. Medium lavender flowers in late summer.
Sport of Lemon Lime. Leaves gold to chartreuse-centered with dark green margins jetting toward the midrib. Leaf blade 3 ½"x1 ½", arching, folded, lanceolate shaped, slightly wavy, smooth textured, matt above and satiny below and thin substanced. Purple flower in late July. Rapidly grows to maturity and is useful as a ground cover, edger or in pots.
(Solberg 2017) ('Tongue Twister' X ['Iwa' X 'Blue Blush']) Small, (10" X 18") 'Twist Tie' is a small blue-green hosta with very upright twisted leaves. It is from 'Tongue Twister' and like it has very good substance and is one of the last hostas to go to sleep.
A 2001 seedling selection from Peter Ruh. Vase shaped mound habit, rich blue-green foliage arches outward from petioles that are held nearly vertical. Leaves 14 "long by 11"wide, broadly ovate shaped, moderately corrugated and rippled, wavy, thick substanced, thick underside bloom. Semi-bell shaped very pale lavender flowers produced from early to late July on 50 "scapes that tend to droop due to the many seed pods.
The upward facing leaves on this cute little hosta are long, highly ruffled and spiky - not sure if I would want to back into this one just in case. Scapes and seed pods are dark purple. This is another hosta from Doug and Marty Beilstein with quite a pedagree. (['Candy Dish' X (H. pycnophylla X 'Harvest Dandy') X 'Raspberry Sorbet'] X 'Atom Smasher' op.)
HOSTA OF THE YEAR FOR 2015
Tissue-culture sport of Elatior. Vigorous semi-upright mound. Leaf blade 12"x 9" to as large as 17"x 13", ovate shaped, shiny, medium green center with a 1-2" wide greenish yellow margin early, changing to creamy white by early summer, smooth textured, wavy, cupped at the base, and thick substanced. Near white flowers in mid July on 6 foot scapes. Massive, beautiful and elegant. This one will turn your head for sure. We have 2 Victory hostas in our gardens. The older plant is in mostly shade and only has a few tall shoots. The younger one in the photo above is growing in mostly sun. It is by far the larger plant, more dense with many more shoots.
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Open pollinated seedling of Hosta Komodo Dragon from Ray Wiegand. It is huge like its parent and has nearly round 15 inch x 12 inch blue-green leaves which are corrugated, lightly cupped, and deeply veined with light ruffling on the edges. Leaves have a glaucous bloom on the top and bottom. Should make a beautiful upright specimen in your garden. Pale lavender flowers in mid-summer.
This striking hosta forms a low, pin-wheel like mound of pointy, lance-shaped leaves of good substance. The blue-green leaves have yellow margins which lighten to creamy yellow through the season. Lavender flowers on 12 inch scapes in mid summer.Caused a stir at the 1995 American Hosta Society Convention and got away with the Savory Shield Award for the best new seedling in a tour garden. Raised by Judy Springer, it is a cross of the streaked form of 'Crepe Suzette' x 'Riptide'.
Hybrid from Jim Schwarz. Vase shaped plant. Incredible combination of beautifully streaked green and white foliage with reddish petioles. Purple flowers open in July on 30"scapes. Medium to fast growth rate.
Tetraploid sport of Paradise Island with thicker leaves and a wider green border. Leaves are bright chartreuse in spring, toning down a bit in summer and are upright, showing off the cherry red petioles with the red also extending up into the leaves. Lavender flowers in mid-summer.
Sport of Captain Kirk from H. Hansen, 2007. This vigorous hosta has crisp white centres that do not melt out. Dark green margins and yellow colouring jet toward the centre of each broad, heart shaped leaf. Leaves 8"long by 7"wide with a 1 to 2 1/2"wide dark green margin. Light lavender flowers on 24"white scapes in mid to late summer.
Hybrid of Christmas Tree x Dorset Blue. Smaller sized mound of deeply cupped foliage that is gold to creamy white in the centre with a sharply contrasting wide dark green margin. Leaf blade almost round, moderately corrugated, and thick substanced. Pale lavender flowers on creamy scapes from late June into July.
Hosta Waterslide is a newer introduction from Hans Hansen of Walters Gardens Inc. It has wavy, ruffled leaves with heavy substance. The blue rippled leaves look like water splashing in the shade garden, and hold their blue color well into the summer season. Lavender flowers appear on 17 inch flower scapes.
A sport of Squash Casserole. It combines the rippled margins and vigor of its mother plant with a touch of variegation. Leaves 12½"x 8½", oblong-ovate, chartreuse centered with a heavily rippled 1" wide, yellow margin, slightly corrugated and better that average substance with a medium to fast growth rate. Dark purple flowers on dark purple scapes in July.
This hosta was discovered by Bill Meyer as an unlabeled mutant in a garden centre. It now appears it may be a sport of Leola Fraim. It is reminescent of a little girl with long curly locks twirling around on a merry go round, her hair waving in the wind. This delightfully fun hosta has extremely ruffled cream colored margins extending from the tip of each green leaf all the way down the petiole to the crown. This ruffled margin is evident even in the juvenile stage. Even when it it is just coming out of the ground in spring, its curly nature stands out making you wonder "is that a hosta coming up?" Not overly fast growing but well worth the wait. Excellent substance. Light lavender flowers on purple scapes.
Believed to be a sport of Fortunei Hyacinthina from J. Kulpa, 1989. Leaf blade 7"x 5", thick, pale chartreuse becoming ivory then fading to a dull green with green veins, wide dark olive green margin with celadon streaks jetting toward the midrib, slightly dimpled, strongly veined, twisted, nearly heart shaped leaves. Lavender flowers in late July. Whirlwind is a classic hosta that should be included in everyone's collection. We have a nice sized one in a pot that everyone seems to gravitate to when they see it, despite being an older hosta.
Sport of Krossa Variegated, a Fortunei-type plant. from Gus Krossa. Small sized mound of white-centred, green- margined foliage, centre turns greenish by midsummer, especially in juvenile plants. Leaves 7" long x 3" wide with a 1/4" to 1" wide margin, leaf blade narrowly ovate with slightly wavy margins, smooth textured and thin substanced. Pale lavender flowers in mid-July on 22" scapes. Not easy to grow to maturity. Needs a special site so as not to burn in the hot sun.
Sport of White Christmas from R. Franks, introduced by R. Solberg, 2007. Bright white leaves with a narrow dark green margin have lighter green streaks sandwiched in between. Light lavender flowers in July, forms white seed pods. Appreciates morning sun and ample water. This one surprised both of us with its strong growth rate and considerable amount of partial sun tolerance despite so much white in its leaves.
Hosta Wiggles and Squiggles is a new introduction from Hans Hansen of Walters Gardens Inc. Bright yellow leaves are very long and thin. This hosta forms a low, wide habit that really highlights the "wiggly "edges. Leaves will be more chartreuse green in shade; for best yellow color, plant in a site with morning sun. Lavender flowers on 18 inch scapes in mid-summer.
Sport of Sum and Substance from Jim Anderson, 2003. Leaves are 16"x14", thick, leathery, strong chartreuse green, narrowly and irregularly margined cream turning pure white, prominent veins widely spaced, edge evenly undulated, leaf slightly folded or cupped, and widely oval. Vigorous, but takes a few seasons to establish. Pale lavender flowers in late July. A worthy addition to any garden. The best white edged sport of Sum & Substance.
Cpmplex hosta from Don Dean. (((Color Fantasy x (Big Daddy x Big Daddy )) x Abiqua Drinking Gourd ) x (Love Pat x Popo)) This hosta is prized for holding its beautiful blue color long into the season, even when planted in 2/3 day of sun. Its large leaves emerge slowly, exhibiting a unique cupped, rippled, corrugated texture. They unfold slowly as they mature. Since they are of thick substance, the leaves are more slug resistant. Near-white flowers begin to appear in midsummer and last into late summer.
A stable sport of Magic Colors from Alex Malloy, 2005. Leaves 4½" x 3", green center with a margin that changes from chartreuse to gold , shiny, average substance. Pale lavender flower on 9" scapes in July. Medium growth rate. Centre of the leaf appears to have a third color as the leaf matures. Quickly makes a very dense small mound, great at the front of the border.
HOSTA OF THE YEAR FOR 2018
Seedling of Komodo Dragon x Super Bowl from the breeding program of Doug Beilstein from 2006. Large upright mound of cupped pale light green foliage turning bright brassy gold. Leaves are 14" long by 10" wide, bright gold, cupped, wavy, corrugated, with an oval shaped blade, good substance. Very pale purple flowers on 24"- 36" scapes in late June to early July. Medium growth rate. We have this one growing in a very sunny spot next to a spruce tree; it jumps out and says "hello" to everyone who walks by. Despite the hot sun the leaves burn very little, they just become brighter in color, starting from a light green in spring to this bright yellow-green in summer.
This sport of the classic Hosta "Pilgrim' shows a little more character with showy, wavy margins. Leaves have a single prominent wave from the leaf base. Dark green leaves have a creamy yellow margins in spring, maturing to creamy white margins in summer. Grey green color appears where the margins and centres overlap. Lavender flowers appear on 15 inch scapes in mid-summer. Fast growing.
This sport of 'Empress Wu' takes the size and presence of the massively popular hosta and takes it to the next level with an attractive margin. Blue-green leaves have striking apple-green margins, as well as good substance. Like 'Empress Wu', this hosta will take about 5 years to reach full maturity and size. Once you get there, the size of this plant will definitely be a conversation starter! Lavender flowers appear in early to midsummer.
Foliage is white centred with a green margin in spring, becoming all green by midsummer. Heavily rippled leaf margin 1/8" wide on leaves measuring 3" long x 1 1/2" wide; leaf blade also very narrowly elliptic. Bright purple flowers in August on 20" scapes. Makes a nice clump once it gets established. If you give it a bit more sun, the leaves become more elongated and rippled.
Sport of Striptease from L. Jones, 2005. This interesting medium sized hosta starts out with light yellow margins that turn to apple green by early summer. Like Striptease, it still has the white line that divides the darker green centre from the light green margin. Leaves are 5 inches long by 2.5 inches wide, very slightly twisted and lightly cupped. Medium lavender tubular flowers from June to early July.
A hybrid of Wogon Gold and Chartreuse Wiggles from Paul Aden in 1978. A mound of distinctly rippled foliage that is bright yellow early, chartreuse by early July. Leaves are 7"x3", elliptic when young and narrowly ovate at maturity, thin substanced, matt above and shiny below, closely ribbed veins. Petioles are chartreuse, purple-red dotted toward the crown. Purple flowers in late August