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FRANCE (Zone 9a)
rosebud
May 9, 2013 9:12 AM CST
Hello
I am interested in hostas with blue foliage
I have the giant Xanadu Empress Wu and the small (but lovely!) Blue mouse ears
Can you give me some tips in choosing hosta with glaucus foliage ?
Name: Ann
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ViolaAnn
May 10, 2013 4:03 PM CST
Take a look at Don Rawson's hosta lists http://www.pwk.resteddoginn.ca/lists/hosta_list.php

One of them is of blue hostas.

Or Google "blue hostas". You'll find lots of info. Then, if you want more info, look up each variety using Google or the Hosta Library. Only you can decide how blue you want them to be, how large a mound or leaf, what shape of leaf you want and whether you want them to be wavy or not or whether you want a hosta that is variegated but with a lot of blue in it.

Good luck, but be careful. It can become addictive.

Ann
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virginiarose
May 12, 2013 7:56 PM CST
That's for sure! I agree Rolling on the floor laughing Thumbs up Lovey dubby nodding
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May 12, 2013 8:36 PM CST
If you just go to the database here and type (hosta blue) all kinds of beauties show up .
I have blue cadet , it multiplies very well, is dark and even looks good in deep shade, but I have seen better blues.
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
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Name: Ann
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ViolaAnn
May 14, 2013 9:50 AM CST
The blue ones I have vary quite a lot. You can see pics by following the link below.

'Baby Bunting' is VERY small but fast growing.

'Blue Cadet' is a bit larger, but still fast growing. I'm making mine into a border in a dark garden where a lot of hostas have failed to thrive.

'Blue Mouse Ears' is a good one, but still small. Thought to be a sport of 'Blue Cadet'. Thicker, rounder leaves.

'Blue Ice' is a slower growing small blue.

'Blue Wedgwood' is larger but mine doesn't grow particularly fast. Nice powdery blue which holds well during the season.

'Bulletproof' is a tough blue hosta - maybe a tetraploid.

'Full Moon' I've found to be really slow growing and I'm planning to give mine to a friend.

'Halcyon' or any of the Tardiana blues are nice plants. My 'Halcyon' is not particularly fast growing, but it holds its colour well.

'Salute' is a nice upright blue.

I don't have it, but 'Pewterware' is a nice blue too.

Those are the solid blues I have. But it's worth considering some that are blue with margins or have a lot of blue in them like 'Frosted Dimples', 'Deja Blu', 'Fragrant Bouguet', 'Touch of Class', or even 'June'.
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virginiarose
May 14, 2013 3:19 PM CST
What about 'Blue Angel'? Don't you think that is a good blue? Seems like a good blue. Blinking
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ViolaAnn
May 14, 2013 4:31 PM CST
I just don't have it or really know it. Quite large isn't it? I mostly have mini - medium size hostas.
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virginiarose
May 14, 2013 5:51 PM CST
I remember it was sun and slug tolerant, don't remember the size but I think you are right.
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May 15, 2013 11:09 AM CST

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I have Blue Angel and it's a wonderful hosta. Smiling It is quite large, some are classifying it giant these days.
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
May 15, 2013 5:46 PM CST
I think I want one, I could probably find a place. I don't have too many blues because the wax melts. I count myself lucky to have a Hosta garden. I am pushing it zone wise. Whistling
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FRANCE (Zone 9a)
rosebud
May 19, 2013 11:40 PM CST
Ok for the beautiful Blue angel
Baby bunting and Blue cadet seems interesting too

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virginiarose
May 20, 2013 3:42 AM CST
Yes, the more I hear about Blue Angel the more I like it. I think I have a blue cadet already, got one off the bargain bench at Santa Rosa Gardens. Don't know much about Baby Bunting. Halcyon does good here also.(pic.)

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Christine27360
May 31, 2013 3:48 PM CST
My Favorite true Blue is..... Silver Bay!! It is amazingly blue -- best blue i have i think!!! Some pics shows it not so blue but it is bluer that Blue Angel or Blue Mouse Ears or Blue Cadet or Halcyon Blue (I have all those!!)
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FRANCE (Zone 9a)
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Jun 28, 2013 8:05 AM CST
Christine27360 said:My Favorite true Blue is..... Silver Bay!! It is amazingly blue -- best blue i have i think!!! Some pics shows it not so blue but it is bluer that Blue Angel or Blue Mouse Ears or Blue Cadet or Halcyon Blue (I have all those!!)


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Jun 28, 2013 8:12 AM CST
This is a young plant but shows great potential.....'Her Eyes Were Blue'

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FRANCE (Zone 9a)
rosebud
Jun 28, 2013 8:20 AM CST
Paul2032 said:This is a young plant but shows great potential.....'Her Eyes Were Blue'



Vraiment beau
My very Young 'empress Wu' is just in flower this week
Great potential too
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eclayne
Jun 28, 2013 10:05 AM CST

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Blue Angel in foreground, Elegans back left.
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Elegans to right of pedestal, then Blue Angel.
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virginiarose
Jun 28, 2013 6:12 PM CST
I do not have that many blues, the heat here melts the wax coating on the blue hostas but I do have a few that do good. This is one of my favs because it is always beautiful.



TOUCH OF CLASS
Susan

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carenjean
Jul 2, 2013 6:48 AM CST
The whole hosta thing is addictive for sure my dh has lost a lot of lawn to it already but he is doing is with good nature I think Rolling on the floor laughing
I got him involved and now he looks too so maybe just maybe it will be ok when I say sweetly "honey I need more lawn dug up" he tells me I'm killing him.
Wont start on his gun addiction.
Does anyone know anything about Black Hills Hosta saw one and think it looks pretty good.
Blue Angel is awesome love mine
Happy Hosta gardening
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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Jul 2, 2013 8:17 AM CST
I love Blue Angel, have fun with your garden! Hurray! Hurray!
Susan

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