Hostas

 

As many people who have visited us know, we are equally in love with hostas as we are with daylilies, with over 600 varieties now in the collection.

What we really love is the diversity of color and texture in this amazing shade plant.  Pictured at left is a large container of Hosta albo picta - one of the best examples of how hosta foliage can change during the season.  In spring, as you can see, the foliage is pale cream to lime. 

As the spring progresses, the centre color deepens so that by mid summer the whole plant is a deep rich green!  Many of the hosta that we grow have this trait, adding a varied look to the garden from season to season.

While the hosta cultivars are well known for being shade plants, it must be pointed out that years of experimentation in our gardens have proved that while they do like to be protected from the sun, most varieties do benefit from filtered light.  Filtered light is available under other plantings, trees, by fences etc. - they just don’t want to be left out to burn in the sun.  Some varieties are widely renowned as being ‘sun tolerant’ - and while a few like H. Sun Power do actually fare well with some sun - once the hot summer sun hits them, they are none too happy.   They also enjoy regular watering - something you do not have to worry too much about if they are in protected area as the ground will not dry out as quickly.  On the other end of the scale, we have found that hostas grown in areas that are too densely shaded also sulk - they tend to grow a slower rate and are not as robust.  Finding that right mix of light is key!


This hosta section will develop to show many of the varieties that we carry, along with groupings of plants that we enjoy together - the  mix of hosta foliage with such plants Heuchera Obsidian, with its deep black purple foliage, or Brunnera Jack Frost with its silver centre, are outstanding. 


APRIL 2016


Here is an updated list of hostas we have available this spring.  We will add to the list as new ones become available!  Please feel free to email if there is a certain hosta you are looking for as we have too many to list here! - pamerikson@uniserve.com



ABIQUA DRINKING GOURD (2014 Hosta of the Year)

albo marginata

albo picta

ALEX SUMMERS

AMERICAN HALO

ANNE KULPA

ANTIOCH

APPLETINI

ARISTOCRAT

AUGUST MOON

AUTUMN FROST

AVOCADO

AZURETINI

BABY BUNTING

BAND OF GOLD

BARBARA ANN

BEN VERNOOY

BIG DADDY

BLAZING SADDLES

BLUE ANGEL

BLUE CADET

BLUE HAWAII

BLUE IVORY

BLUE MAMMOTH

BLUE MOUSE EARS

BLUE SHADOWS

BLUE UMBRELLAS

BLUE WEDGEWOOD

BRESSINGHAM BLUE

BRIGHT LIGHTS

BRIGHT STAR

BRIM CUP

CALYPSO

CAMELOT

CANADIAN SHIELD

CANDY HEARTS

CAPTAIN KIRK

CAPTAIN’S ADVENTURE

CARNIVAL

CHANTILLY LACE

CHEATIN HEART

CHERISH

CHERRY BERRY

CITY OF LIGHTS

CLIFFORD’S FOREST FIRE

CLIFFORD’S STINGRAY

COLOR FESTIVAL

CRACKER CRUMBS

DANCING QUEEN

DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT

DELTA DAWN

DICK WARD

DRAGON TAILS

DREAM QUEEN

DRESS BLUES

EARTH ANGEL

EL NINO

EMERALD TIARA

ENTERPRISE

EOLA SALAD BOWL

EMPRESS WU

FIRE AND ICE

FIRE ISLAND

FIRST FROST (2010 Hosta of the Year)

FLEMISH SKY

FORBIDDEN FRUIT

FORMAL ATTIRE

FRANCES WILLIAMS

FROSTED DIMPLES

FROSTED MOUSE EARS

FROZEN MARGARITA

FUNNY MOUSE

GEORGE SMITH

GOLD STANDARD

GOLDEN MEADOWS

GOLDEN SUNBURST

GOLDEN TIARA

GOLDEN WAFFLES

GRAND PRIZE

GRAY COLE

GREAT ARRIVAL

GREEN MOUSE EARS

GUACAMOLE

GUARDIAN ANGEL

GYPSY ROSE

HADSPEN BLUE

HALCYON

HANKY PANKY

HEATWAVE

HELEN FIELD FISHER

HIGH SOCIETY

HIPPODROME

HOLY MOUSE EARS

HOOSIER HARMONY

HOPE

INDEPENDENCE

INNISWOOD

ISLAND CHARM

IVORY COAST

JUNE

JUNE FEVER

JURASSIC PARK

JUSTINE

KABITAN

KARIN

KIWI FULL MONTY

KROSSA REGAL

LAKESIDE BANANA BAY

LAKESIDE BLACK SATIN

LAKESIDE CUPCAKE

LAKESIDE LOVE AFFAIR

LAKESIDE PAISLEY PRINT

LAST DANCE

LEMON LIME

LIBBY

LIBERTY (2012 Hosta of the Year)

LITTLE BLACK SCAPE

LITTLE JAY

LITTLE WONDER

LOYALIST

LUCKY MOUSE

MAGIC FIRE

MAGIC ISLAND

MAJESTY

MAMA MIA

MARGIE’S ANGEL

MAUI BUTTERCUPS

MIDWEST MAGIC

MIGHTY MOUSE

MINI SKIRT

MINUTEMAN

MORNING LIGHT

NIAGARA FALLS

NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

NORTHERN EXPOSURE

NORTHERN HALO

OLIVE BAILEY LANGDON

ORANGE MARMALADE

ORANGE STAR

PACIFIC BLUE EDGER

PARADISE JOYCE

PARADIGM

PATRIOT

PAUL’S GLORY

PILGRIM

PIZZAZZ

PLATINUM TIARA

PRAYING HANDS (Hosta of the Year 2011)

POPCORN

PRIMA DONNA

QUEEN OF THE SEAS

RAINBOW’S END

RAINFOREST SUNRISE (Hosta of the Year 2013)

RASPBERRY SUNDAE

RED OCTOBER

REGAL SPLENDOR

REGAL SUPREME

REVERSED PATRIOT

REVOLUTION

RISKY BUSINESS

ROCK PRINCESS

ROOTIN TOOTIN

ROYAL STANDARD

SAGAE

SEA THUNDER

SILVER SHADOW

SLEEPING BEAUTY

SNAKE EYES

SNOW CAP

SPILT MILK

STAINED GLASS

STEPPING OUT

STRIPTEASE

SUGAR AND SPICE

SUGAR DADDY

SUM AND SUBSTANCE

SUM OF ALL

SUMMER BREEZE

SUN POWER

SUPER NOVA

SUPER SAGAE

T-REX

THUNDERBOLT

TOUCH OF CLASS

TRUE BLUE

TWILIGHT

TWILIGHT TIME

TWIST OF LIME

VALLEY’S GLACIER

VICTORY - 2015 Hosta of the Year

VOLCANO ISLAND

WARPAINT

WARWICK COMET

WHIRLWIND

WIDE BRIM

WINTER SNOW

WINTER WARRIOR

ZOUNDS