Hostas forum: Favourite Minis

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Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
Feb 5, 2016 9:20 AM CST
Do you have a favourite mini Hosta? Which ones have done well for you? A lot of the minis seem very similar to each other so I wonder what recommends one over the other. At this time I have Blue Mouse Ears and Mighty Mouse but have several on my wish list including Blue Mouse Ears Supreme, Cat and Mouse, Cameo and Giantland Sunny Mouse Ears. Love to hear what others are growing.





Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Feb 5, 2016 9:31 AM CST
I have the same minis as you do, Debbie. Be interested in hearing what others have and how the minis do for them.
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
Feb 5, 2016 9:38 AM CST
Forgot I have Cracker Crumbs as well. I like how Ann has used it as a border plant. Hurray!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Feb 5, 2016 11:33 AM CST
I like that one. Smiling
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Feb 5, 2016 4:09 PM CST
I really like Kinbotan, venusta,Country Mouse,and Cameo. I also have a bright yellow one which was a seedling which appeared in a friends garden. They shared it with me. It is a very good grower.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Feb 5, 2016 4:17 PM CST
Gary, do you have a photograph of the yellow you wouldn't mind posting?
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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profesora
Feb 5, 2016 9:47 PM CST
My favorite is Itsy Bitsy Spider.

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Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
Feb 5, 2016 10:09 PM CST
What a cutie! Love the flowers too.
Is that a hypertufa behind the blue pot in the 1st and 3rd shot?
Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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profesora
Feb 5, 2016 10:15 PM CST
Yes
Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
Feb 5, 2016 10:22 PM CST
Nice! The moss between the little spiders looks great too.
Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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profesora
Feb 5, 2016 10:25 PM CST
I cultivate moss which naturally grows in the shady garden.
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Feb 6, 2016 7:55 AM CST
Yes, 'Cracker Crumbs' and 'Lemon Frost' and probably any of that family, make a great border. Very fast growing and easy to divide.

I personally wouldn't waste more time and money on the Blue Mouse Ears family except for BME which grows well. And maybe 'Church Mouse' with its ruffly leaves. I have found the family unstable and with the exception of 'Pure Heart' which I've had for only 2 years, any with white or lighter centred leaves has gone all blue within a couple of years. 'Frosted Mouse Ears' has also done well for me.

Another mouse, but from a different family, is 'Country Mouse' and it's delightful, fast growing and also easy to divide.

I'll post some pictures, but time is very limited this weekend. Also, if you scroll down the hosta threads, there was another a year or so ago on the same topic.

'Baby Bunting'
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'Blue Mouse Ears' with a bit of 'Pure Heart' showing
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'Church Mouse' (also with a bit of 'Pure Heart' showing)
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'Country Mouse'
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'Dragon Tails'
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'Frosted Mouse Ears'
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'Kifukurin Ko Mame'
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'Kinbotan'
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'Lemon Frost'
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'Pixie Vamp'
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'Tears of Joy'
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'X-rated'
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Ann

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Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
Feb 6, 2016 10:54 AM CST
Thanks Ann. Will definately add Country Mouse to my list; love the minty green color with the crisp white edge. And will check out last years thread as well. I tip my hat to you.
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Feb 6, 2016 5:29 PM CST
Debra I have never gotten into picture taking. I should do that. I do not have pics of any of my hostas.
Ann very nice collection of minis. My country mouse is located between pavers and does well there. Interestingly it is not one of the Blue Mouse sports. I think I need to find X-rated.
Another little beauty is Elfin Fire.
Dragon Tails is another prolific little gem.
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
Hostas Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Composter Region: Canadian Clematis
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ViolaAnn
Feb 7, 2016 8:13 AM CST
Gary - I strongly recommend taking the time to take regular pictures of your collection. It does take a bit of time, mostly naming the pictures for future reference, but I have found the pictures very, very valuable. They give me a record of the growth progression of the plants. I've also noticed reverting/sporting eyes when looking at pictures that I had overlooked entirely when in the garden. Ditto for problems with the hostas. And finally, if markers go astray, they provide vital clues as to what the hosta is by studying what's around it. That's also valuable if you move hostas late in the season and can't remember where in the spring.
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/Garden/Hostas/Hostas-in-my-gard...
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Feb 12, 2016 8:52 AM CST
I have not been able to find any X-rated for sale. Will have to keep my eyes open.
Montgomery, Al (Zone 8b)
Raestr
Feb 25, 2016 1:00 PM CST
Ann, your post is so helpful. Thank you for saving me time and money with your very useful observations. I will be on the look out for several of your recommendations. Are those yellow blooms on Tears of Joy or is there another blooming plant in that pot?
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Feb 25, 2016 3:27 PM CST
Here are a few of my favorite minis...

Pandora's Box
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Winter Lightning (This one has to be watched closely)
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Nougat
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Little Treasure (I'm not sure if this one is a mini or a small)
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Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
Hostas Cat Lover Annuals Bulbs Container Gardener Critters Allowed
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Houseplants Foliage Fan Butterflies Bee Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers
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DebbieC
Feb 25, 2016 4:29 PM CST
Thanks Rose. How does Pandora's Box grow for you? I understand it can be a bit on the difficult side.
And Nougat has a very interesting pattern; does it maintain that throughout the season?
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
Garden Photography Echinacea Dahlias Clematis Region: Illinois Hibiscus
Heucheras Charter ATP Member Birds Hummingbirder Hostas Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Rose1656
Feb 25, 2016 6:34 PM CST
Pandora's Box hasn't been a problem for me so far. I've had it for several years and it's done well. Now watch...this is the year it won't come back! Nougat does keep its color throughout the season, but it looked like it was getting some solid leaves last year. I'll have to watch it this spring. I moved all of my minis and small hostas into a new bed last year so I'm waiting to see what likes the new location. I hope all of them do!

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