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Share your favorite mini hosta by TreeClimber Jul 14, 2020 7:27 PM 24
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White centre ID by kniphofia Jul 14, 2020 6:55 PM 1
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Hosta Pics by crawgarden Jul 14, 2020 6:47 PM 331
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Spilt Milk Hosta by crawgarden Jul 14, 2020 8:28 AM 5
Land of the Giants Hosta Farm order has been received by Strever Jul 12, 2020 7:59 PM 20
Comparison of small-medium, white-centred varieties in my garden by ViolaAnn Jul 12, 2020 8:56 AM 3
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Hosta identification by kjwest58 Jul 9, 2020 6:19 PM 1
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Which Hosta is this? by pitimpinai Jul 9, 2020 6:18 PM 6
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Hosta by PMorph Jul 9, 2020 6:16 PM 7
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Variegated Hosta I.D. ??? by SpringGreenThumb Jul 9, 2020 9:53 AM 1
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Another hosta by comgoddess Jul 9, 2020 9:52 AM 1
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Common Hosta by comgoddess Jul 9, 2020 9:45 AM 11
Miracle Lemony by Rose1656 Jul 2, 2020 9:03 PM 3
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This is an Ask NGA question! Unknown hosta by Flowergirl1980 Jul 2, 2020 4:59 PM 1
What are your current top 10 hostas that you enjoy, in any order. by crawgarden Jul 1, 2020 8:40 AM 13
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Hosta Newbie beginning my journey. by SpringGreenThumb Jun 28, 2020 11:06 AM 540
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What is this on the Hosta leaves by ilzho Jun 26, 2020 6:40 PM 2
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Please ID this common hosta by BetNC Jun 23, 2020 1:34 AM 2
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Root-Knot Nematodes by ViolaAnn Jun 17, 2020 9:21 PM 8
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Can you identify this hosta? by lancelarsen Jun 15, 2020 5:43 PM 4

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Talking about Hosta (Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans'), jathton wrote:

If you had gone Hosta-hunting in central Oklahoma in the 1980's you would have been hard-pressed to find more than 3-5 cultivars… a couple with blue foliage, a couple with variegated leaves and a yellow leafed one. Thank goodness, by the early 1990's, a lot more was known about Hostas and a lot more cultivars were available.
Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans' was one of those few, early, blue selections. A few of my gardening friends would say, "Early availability is the reason this particular Hosta is still one of John's favorites… he just saw it before he saw very many others."
That might well have been the initial reason… but other, better ones quickly outweighed it.
This Hosta, for instance, has thick, puckered and cupped blue leaves that help it resist insect and disease attacks better than the thin, variegated leaves of other Hostas. This same physical quality makes 'Elegans' more sun tolerant than other Hostas… even in the drying summer light of the Southern Great Plains. Wind, as well as sun, has a desiccating effect of foliage in Oklahoma… and the same thick leaves help it avoid windburn. Its greatest enemy, however, is hail… so if you can anticipate a hail storm... covering the plant temporarily is highly recommended.
Practical considerations aside, the ornamental value of H.s. 'Elegans' is tremendous. At maturity this Hosta can be 24 inches tall and have a diameter of 4-5 feet. This alone makes it a suitable candidate as a focal point in any woodland setting. Its foliage color is blue enough to be a striking contrast to all the green, gray and/or yellow foliage around it.
In the woodland setting in which it belongs it looks absolutely stunning when planted in a grouping of three… surrounded by a low growing groundcover like Bugleweed [Ajuga], or Mondo Grass [Ophiopogon] or Geranium tuberosum [Cranesbill].
Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans' is hardy from zone 4 south through zone 9. So, in the southern three of these zones, it is hardy in a large freeze proof container. In this configuration it looks striking placed on either side of entry or patio doors. Just remember to water in winter every 12-14 days and always just before very, very hard freezes.

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Talking about Hosta 'Icy Halo', robertduval14 wrote:

The leaves on this Hosta get HUGE. (15 x 12 inches)

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Talking about Hosta 'Paul's Glory', csandt wrote:

In zone 6B, Paul's Glory is a beautiful and reliable hosta in shade or part sun, but it burns when grown in too sunny a location.

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Talking about Hosta 'Autumn Frost', critterologist wrote:

I first saw this as a young plant at Black Creek Nursery. At the 2019 Philly Flower Show, it was the only hosta in the Proven Winners exhibit, striking coloration. Confusingly, it had "Hosta of the Year" on the corner of its label. In fact, it's a sport of the Hosta Growers Association 2010 "Hosta of the Year," 'First Frost'. Maybe since sports are vegetatively propagated from their parent plants, awards like this are considered to be transferred? Seemed to be a stretch, although this does look like a stunning plant with great substance to its leaves, worthy of the "Proven Winners" label at least.

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Talking about Hosta 'Victory', Paul2032 wrote:

I got a nice start of Victory from Wolf Creek and it adapted to my garden and grew quickly. It is a large handsome Hosta which is easily recognizable. The leaves are huge and the color contrast with the border is great. Bloom stalk is tall. I would recommend it.

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