Hostas Hostas are very hardy, adaptable, easy to grow and principally known for their foliage. They come in sizes from miniature to giant, in
colors from solids of green, blue or gold or variegations of mixed colors of border and center. Flowers are borne on scapes, some are
fragrant, and most all bloom between May and September. They prefer rich, slightly acidic, well-draining soil that retains some moisture
and do best in part shade. Hostas can tolerate some sun, morning sun is best and the amount depends on your particular climate…these
are shade-tolerant plants not shade-loving. A dormant period is required and is usually brought on by shorter days or first frost in the
fall. Propagate by division and best done in early spring as the plant emerges but is not required. They have few diseases and the only
significant pests are slugs and snails…we also hear of problems with deer where there are heavy populations. Hostas are low
maintenance plants and will truly be a great addition to your garden.
Thanks to all who let us use their photos…
Very special thanks to Hans Hansen…also, Randy Goodwin, Carol Brashear, Bob Solberg, Steve Chamberlain,
Marco Fransen, Jan van den Top, Hugo Philips, Keez Henzen, Jeroen Linneman, Takuya Izumi, Bob Axmear,
Ron Livingston, Alttara Scheer, Don Dean, Trudy Van Wyk, Brenda Bautista, Tony Avent, Kent Terpening,
Danny Van Eechaute, Stuart Asch, Andi Roozekrans, Beverly Stegeman, Meg & Jim Dalton, Rob Mortko, Ray
Wiegand, Mark Strandberg and Amy at Walters Gardens
Hostas come in a wide range of sizes and as you go through our listing you will see a letter in parenthesis after the name which denotes the height of the plant…the ledger below will help to convert this to inches.
Abiqua Drinking Gourd
[L] (Walden West) Large “blue” with very round and puckered leaves that are deeply cupped.
Abiqua Elephant Ears
[VL] (Walden West) Very large green hosta with huge pointed leaves held in a semi-upright manner. Leaves have good substance and deeply impressed veins...topped with pale lavender flowers. Impressive specimen.
[L] (Walters Gardens) Sport from H. 'Climax' with a very wide yellow border surrounding the green center....promises to be a stunner when mature. Lavender flowers will show midsummer.
(mini) (Livingston) Great mini with H. ‘Atom Smasher’ genes...beautiful green leaves framed by a “ruffled” creamy-white border are electrifying and dance upward. Vigorous grower with good substance.
[M] (Park Green Nurseries) A sport from H. ‘Striptease’ developed in Great Britain...yellow center framed with wide green border and topped with lavender flowers (similar to H. ‘Gypsy Rose but much larger)……(limited).
All That Jazz
[L] (Petryszyn) Heart-shaped green leaves framed by a creamy-yellow border make an impressive clump with an upright habit. Leaves have good substance and a nice sheen...topped with white flowers midseason.
[S/M] (Herrema) Unique, shiny green leaves have leaf centers of a misty green and white variegation. Topped with lavender flowers. Vigorous grower that makes a dense clump with good substance.
[L] (Minks) Beautiful blue leaves with a green border that changes to yellow...near white flowers.
[L] (Van Wade) Superior form and beauty…large blue leaves surrounded by a wide creamy-white margin. Great substance and topped with white flowers in early summer.
American Icon PP#17441
[L] (Hansen) A sport from H. 'Choo Choo Train'...produces a very large clump of green leaves with a wide gold edge. Pale lavender flowers top the clump midsummer. Best grown in a shady location.
[M] (Dupre) Nice blue from Belgium...forms a dense clump of intensely blue-green leaves that are somewhat “folded” and have a wavy margin. The symmetrical clump is topped with lavender flowers and has proven to be fertile.
[L] (Hansen) Variegated sport of H. ‘Blue Mammoth’...thick blue leaves have a beautiful white center. This one has been a slow grower but plants we are offering are well rooted and growing well.
[M] (Arett) Long narrow leaves have green centers surrounded by a creamy-white border...vigorous grower that makes a dense mound and is topped with near white flowers.
[M] (Kulpa) Leaf center emerges yellow but changes to creamy-white later in the season and is surrounded by a wide dark green margin. Above average substance and pale lavender flowers.
[M] (Scheer) Alttara continues to bring forth some of the most unique hostas available…this fast grower makes a dense clump of very crinkled leaves, emerges a day-glo yellow, soon develops a light blue bloom over bright pale green. Red on the petioles (which get discretely hidden as the clump leafs out) topped with masses of scapes densely blooming in purple. Really an effective plant in bloom, but the leaf texture and color are a distinctly unique combination. Fertile.
[M] (Walters Gardens) H. ‘Hadspen Blue’ with a creamy margin…powder-blue leaves surrounded with a creamy-yellow to white margin.
[M] (Dean) Very intense blue-green leaves are held upright and create a low mound (12”) with lots of “flare”. The pointed leaves arrange themselves in a layered star pattern and are folded and wavy. Blue color is reminiscent of a clear star lit summer night and holds late into the season on both sides of the thick leaves. Lavender flowers in August on well proportioned scapes complete the picture.
[S] (Livingston) Ron Livingston's famed H. 'Atom Smasher'... long golden-yellow blades with lots of ripples and genes that are easily passed on. Good grower and great for hybridizing as it is extremely fertile both ways. Lavender flowers produce red and yellow seed pods….(limited).
[M] (Livingston) Here we have an obvious cross between H. ‘Atom Smasher’ and H. ‘Elvis Lives’ with some of the best traits of each parent. Long narrow blue-green leaves reach out creating a dense medium-sized clump...the leaves have a long tip with a slight twist and the wavy margins are almost hypnotic. A vigorous grower that will be topped with lavender flowers. “Whole lotta shakin” happening with this plant!
Autumn Frost PPAF CPBRAF
[M] (Walters Gardens/Hansen) Sport from H. ‘First Frost’...very wide creamy-yellow border (turns white late in the season) around a blue-green center. Good grower and makes a bright specimen with lavender flowers.