Hosta

Hostas are an exceptionally diverse family of woodland plants. Grown primarily for their fantatstic foliage, many also have lovely blooms, some of which are quite fragrant. They are able to tolerate a wide range of conditions, but generally prefer bright light in shaded areas. Although some hostas can take a small amount of sun, we know of no hosta that can take full sun here in central Virginia. Blue hostas maintain their color best in cool, lightly shaded situations. Some hostas will change or temporarily lose their variegation in the heat of summer.

Hostas will grow in ordinary garden soil and withstand drought and dry soils, but they are most beautiful when provided with ample moisture and organic matter. Fertilize lightly in spring for best plant development and mulch with organic matter to moderate soil temperature and moisture loss.  Remove old foliage when it dies in the fall.

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Hosta 'June'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

A sport of 'Halcyon' it has gold leaves bordered by a blue and green shaded margin. The leaf center bleaches to creamy-white in bright light. Excellent substance. Slug resistant. Pale lavender flowers in August. Hosta of the Year 2001.


Hosta 'Komodo Dragon'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Huge, dark green leaves with strong veins and rippled edges are borne in upright clumps. Mature plants can reach up to 7' across. Lavender blooms stand well above the foliage in July. Allow plenty of room for this giant!

 


Hosta 'Krossa Regal'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Powdery blue foliage forms a large vase-shaped clump. Holds color well. Bold upright specimen. Slug resistant. Lavender flowers in August. Award winner.


Hosta 'Little Devil'
Common Name: Minature Hosta

Miniature. Narrow, elongated, white rimmed green leaves form little mounds to 4" high. 8" flower scapes in early summer. Great for containers and fairy gardens. Plants maintain their good looks over a long season.


Hosta 'Love Pat'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Intensely deep blue-green leaves are strongly cupped and strongly corrugated. Slug resistant. White flowers in June and July. Award winner.


Hosta 'Loyalist'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Clear white foliage is outlined by a dark green edge. Sport of 'Patriot'. Holds color well in the heat of summer. Lavender flowers.


Hosta 'Maui Buttercups'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

A little hosta with bright gold leaves that are deeply cupped and corrugated. Good substance gives them slug-resistance. Pale lavender blooms in July. One of the best yellow hostas.


Hosta 'Mighty Mouse'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

A sport of 'Blue Mouse Ears', this very small hosta has rounded leaves with creamy yellow margins surrounding blue-green centers. Leaves mature to gray-green with white margins. Lavender blooms on 12"scapes in midsummer.


Hosta 'Mini Skirt'
Common Name: Miniature Hosta

Miniature. Thick leaves emerge blue-green with a wide yellow margin. They are twisted and cupped, creating a little mound of swirling skirts. Pale lavender and purple blooms in midsummer.


Hosta 'Minuteman'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Sport of 'Francee'. Large leaves with 3/4" white margins that surround a glossy dark center. Has a darker green center and purer white margin than 'Patriot'. Maintains color in heat. Lavender flowers in July and August.


Hosta 'Moonstruck'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Long, narrow leaves have yellow centers that turn white by mid-season with narrow blue-green margins. This is a small hosta that typically only gets about 10" tall. Flowers in late season are lavender.


Hosta 'Munchkin Fire'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

This little fella emerges with bright yellow green to gold, narrow, elongate leaves that stand almost upright. Vigorous plants hold their color all season. Lavender blooms on 20" scapes in early midsummer.


Hosta 'Night Before Christmas'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Clear, slightly wavy, white leaves with a 2 1/2" dark green border. Lavender flowers in July and August.


Hosta 'Orange Marmalade'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

This vigorous sport of 'Paul's Glory' has blue leaves with a large center that emerges bright yellow, turns an orangish gold, and ends up pale yellow. Beautiful. Lavender flowers in July. Plant Patented.


Hosta 'Pandora's Box'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Miniature. This little cutie is exceptional. Its quarter-sized, heart-shaped leaves are soft gray green with wide, creamy white centers that flare into the margins. Tiny lavender flowers in early summer. Perfect for the troughs or rock gardens.


Hosta 'Paradigm'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Beautiful creamy-gold, heart-shaped leaves have wide blue-green margins and are nicely puckered, like old-fashioned seersucker. White blooms with a touch of lavender in early summer. 2007 Hosta of the Year.


Hosta 'Patriot'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Strong white margin on dark green heart-shaped leaves. Looks good all season. Sport of 'Francee'. Lavender flowers in August. Hosta of the Year 1997.


Hosta 'Paul's Glory'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

A spectacular hosta with chartreuse centered foliage that changes to bright gold by summer. Heart-shaped leaves are bordered by blue-green margins. Hosta of the Year 1999. Lavender flowers in July.


Hosta 'Pocketful of Sunshine'
Common Name: Hosta/Plantain Lily

Small plants grow quickly into a compact clump of thick, puckered leaves that are distinctly cupped. The broad deep green leaves have chartreuse centers that brighten as the season progresses. Plant patented.


Hosta 'Praying Hands'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Unusual erect, narrow leaves resemble praying hands. Each green leaf is rolled and folded into a tube shape, displaying the prominent veins on the back of the leaf. A thin white margin borders the outside edge of the leaf. A must-have for collectors!


Hosta 'Pure Heart'
Common Name: Plantain Lily/Hosta

Miniature. This sport of Blue Mouse Ears has tiny, oval leaves with bright creamy yellow centers and wide blue green margins. They are vigorous with good substance. Lavender flowers in midsummer. Perfect for edging, troughs and rock gardens.


Hosta 'Queen Josephine'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Extremely glossy, green, heart-shaped foliage has creamy yellow margins that fade to white. Lavender flowers in July.


Hosta 'Rainbow's End'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Small plants have thick, glossy leaves with bright golden centers and dark, blue-green margins that slash into the center. Short bloom stalks of reddish-purple carry lavender flowers in mid to late summer. Slow grower. Plant patented.


Hosta 'Rainforest Sunrise'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

This bright little hosta has almost fluorescent gold leaves with dark green borders. The leaves are rounded, cupped and heavily puckered. Slug-resistant and a fast grower, it is reputed to take some sun. Lavender blooms in June.


Hosta 'Regal Splendor'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

1/4" creamy margin surrounds powder-blue, glossy foliage. Sport of 'Krossa Regal'. Upright growth habit. Slug resistant. Light lavender flowers in July and August. Hosta of the Year 2003.


Hosta 'Remember Me'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Pure white centers with contrasting blue-green borders. Sport of 'June'. A portion of the royalties go to support breast cancer research. Light lavender flowers in July. Plant Patented


Hosta 'Revolution'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

White centered leaves are splattered with dark green flecks and are surrounded by irregular dark green margins. Centers turn dark green by late summer. Purple flowers in July.


Hosta 'Sagae'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Large, green centered leaves with wavy 1/2" creamy-yellow margins can reach 13" long by 10" wide. Thick-textured leaves form a large, vase-shaped mound. Hosta of the Year 2000. Lavender flowers.


Hosta 'School Mouse'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

This very small hosta has rounded wavy leaves of blue green with wide, golden edges. They form a twisted and turned little clump that produces 14" scapes of lavender blooms in early midsummer. Plant patent applied for.


Hosta 'Seducer'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Large, heart-shaped leaves have deep green centers, gold margins and a tracing of white develops between the two in summer. Broadly ovate, the leaves have wavy margins. White flowers bloom in late summer. A Proven Winners selection. Plant patented.


Hosta 'Stained Glass'
Common Name: Hosta / Plantain Lily

This sport of 'Guacamole' differs by displaying its variegation earlier in the spring and maintaining much brighter, brilliant gold coloration Very wide, dark green margins. Prominent veins give it a "stained glass" effect. Fragrant near white flowers. Hosta of the Year 2006.


Hosta 'Striptease'
Common Name: Hosta / Plantain Lily

Pointy, ovate leaves have narrow yellow centers and wide, dark green margins with white streaking at the boundary. Pale lavender flowers in July/ August. Leathery leaves are weather resistant.


Hosta 'Sum and Substance'
Common Name: Hosta / Plantain Lily

Huge, thick glossy chartreuse leaves can reach 16" long and 14" wide. Needs bright light for best color. Spectacular! Slug resistant. Lavender flowers. Award winner. Hosta of the Year 2004.


Hosta 'Sun Mouse'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Miniature. Vigorous plants have 2”-3" nearly round leaves of bright chartreuse gold that form 6" high mounds up to 18" wide. Leaves hold their color well into summer. Lavender blooms just above the foliage in June. Plant patent applied for


Hosta 'Sun Power'
Common Name: Hosta / Plantain Lily

Unique twisted and pointed golden leaves. Rapidly grows into a beautiful clump. Choice gold hosta. Lavender flowers in July. Award winner.


Hosta 'T. Rex'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

A giant hosta with leaves (18"x 14") as big as its namesake. Medium green, heavily veined leaves have a matte finish and are slightly wavy, but may be a little floppy due to their large size. White flowers in early summer.


Hosta 'Touch of Class'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Intense blue leaves have a distinct slash of gold down their centers; a green margin appears where the two colors overlap. A tetraploid form of H. 'June', leaves have heavy substance and are held more upright than 'June'. Plant Patented.


Hosta 'Vulcan'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Showy! This great sport of Captain Kirk has bright white centered leaves with dark green margins and light green to chartreuse markings where they overlap. Soft lavender blooms in mid to late summer. Vigorous growth rate and good substance.


Hosta 'Wheee!'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Narrow, ovate leaves are very ruffled from crown to tip. The medium green leaves have creamy margins and good substance making them slug resistant. Lavender flowers. A Proven Winners selection. Plant patented.


Hosta 'Whirlwind'
Common Name: Hosta / Plantain Lily

Dark green margins surround a whitish center with green streaking and veining that changes to dark green by summer. Nice specimen plant. Lavender flowers in August.


Hosta 'Wide Brim'
Common Name: Hosta / Plantain Lily

Blue-green leaves have wide irregular margins of yellow that change to creamy-white. Fast grower. Abundant lavender flowers in July and August.


Hosta 'Wiggles and Squiggles'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

This small hosta has bright yellow leaves that are very long with extremely wavy margins. Plant form is low and broad, emphasizing the wiggly leaf edges. Best color with some morning sun and afternoon shade. Lavender blooms on 24" stalks.


Hosta 'Wishing Well'
Common Name: Hosta / Plantain Lily

This is a big hosta with beautiful, glaucous blue foliage that is colorfast. Huge, thick leaves have a heavily rippled and corrugated texture and are cupped upward. Unique! Good growth rate compared with other large hostas. White blooms in July/August.


Hosta 'Wrinkle In Time'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

This little gem has showy, wavy leaf margins. The leaves are dark green with yellow edges that mature to white. There is a gray-green zone where the center and margin overlap. Lavender blooms on 15" scapes in midsummer. Plant patent applied for.


Hosta fortunei 'Aureomarginata'
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Dark green leaves framed with a golden border. Excellent landscape hosta. Lavender flowers in August.


Hosta montana 'Aureomarginata'
Common Name: Hosta / Plantain Lily

Wide, elongated, heart-shaped leaves with a crisp yellow edge. One of the first hostas to emerge in spring. Excellent color all season. White flowers in July.


Hosta plantaginea
Common Name: Plantain Lily

Shiny, light green, heart-shaped leaves. Bright filtered sun improves vigor and blooming. The only true night blooming hosta whose blooms stay open through the next day. VERY fragrant, large white tubular flowers in August.


Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans'
Common Name: Hosta / Plantain Lily

Large, blue-gray leaves are heavily corrugated and can reach 15" long and 11" wide. The blue hosta to which all others are compared. Slug resistant. Specimen. Near white flowers in June.


Hosta undulata 'Variegata'
Common Name: Hosta / Plantain Lily

Wavy, bright green leaves with white markings in the center emerge in spring and gradually turn green during the summer. Lavender flowers.

 
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