Let's Celebrate Hostas!

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We open the Hostas Celebration Week with a look at the top cultivars, top comments, most thumbed images, and more!

Share your photos this week, and keep watch on the photos that get shared by others. Give thumbs to the ones you like, and participate in our Hostas forum. At the end of the week, I'll give a report of the best images and the most active members. Each member featured in that report will be awarded the Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Microbadge! You can always see the latest Hostas photos by going to the ATP homepage and you'll see the latest pictures right below the articles.

Now, let's see the most popular Hostas cultivars in our database:
#1: Hosta (Hosta 'Patriot')

@lovemyhouse says, "Tough as nails. Was in a much smaller container for the last four years and survived two years of bad drought without a flinch. (Well, maybe a brown leaf or two, but no flinching!)"

#2: Hosta (Hosta 'Guacamole')

@ssgardener says, "These were my very first hostas and I'm hooked! My guacamole is more lime green than what's shown in these pictures. The flowers are very pale lavender and have a wonderful fragrance. It's December now, and the leaves are still green!

I did have a problem with snails right after planting these. Coffee grounds didn't do much, so I used a combination of coffee grounds and Sluggo. There was only minor leaf damage.

They were bought on sale at a big box store for about 4 dollars per plant. After planting them in September, they grew about twice their original size! I can't wait to see how big they'll get next year."

#3: Hosta (Hosta 'Sum and Substance')

@pirl says, "Too big for my taste. I'd love to sell it but last time I tried to take a chunk from it I had to use a saw and it took a long time."

#4: Hosta (Hosta 'June')

@Claudia says, "Love this hosta! Easy to see why it is always high on the popularity polls for hosta. It grows well, grows pretty fast, and no matter how many you have they will all look different according to where you plant it. Like most people I know, I grow two of this wonderful hosta!"

#5: Hosta (Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears')

@valleylynn says, "Mutation of Hosta 'Blue Cadet' that makes a tight 1' wide mound of small, round, blue-green leaves on a perfectly symmetrical clump.

Hosta of the Year 2008

Emile & Jane Deckert registered the hosta in 2002. The name came to Emile when he noticed the shape of the unfurling new leaves in the spring! Sold at auction at the AHS Convention; 2001, Raleigh, N.Carolina for $250.00."

#6: Hosta (Hosta 'Rainforest Sunrise')

@Patty says, "Plant tag: "Dense, open facing mound of heavy textured & intensely dimpled, bright golden yellow leaves with green margins. Small hosta"."

#7: Hosta (Hosta 'Stained Glass')

@Ispahan says, "An excellent and beautiful hosta that is vigorous, rapid-growing and never fails to scent the summer with its large and abundant pale icy lavender blooms. A treat for the eyes as well as the nose! The coloring of the foliage is subtle enough to mix well in many garden settings."

#8: Hosta (Hosta 'Frances Williams')

@virginiarose says, "(AKA Francis Williams)"

@Marilyn added, "Positive overall.

I didn't realize when I bought it that it would get so large and I didn't (and don't) have the space and I don't really have a shady enough area it needs, so I gave it all to a friend of ours since he has the space for it to grow.

Beautiful coloring."

#9: Hosta (Hosta 'Golden Tiara')

@virginiarose says, "This hosta is a rapid grower, makes a great edger plant, and also looks great as a mass planting."

#10: Hosta (Hosta 'Fire and Ice')

@JRsbugs says, "I find it's best to choose the plant in leaf so you know you are getting one with good patterning. Also, a plant in growth is better than one you might buy in a bag where they can dry out and take a long time to establish, if at all. I planted this in an old metal baby's bath tub with a few holes drilled in the bottom. It likes where it is. I planted it in a good mix of fertile gritty "river soil" (if you have a drain to dig it from, it's great for plants) and home-made leafy compost. All I have needed to do so far is occasionally top the pot up. I have never fed it. There's sufficient food in the compost mix, and I prefer to grow plants naturally as I think it makes them healthier and hardier.

Fire and Ice gets better with every year. It flowers every year now, and the flowers attract the occasional bee. I have not had any problems with slugs or snails nibbling the leaves on this plant, although some others I have seem to be delectable to both slugs and snails. I try to keep the nibblers at a minimum by picking them up and depositing them on lush vegetation along the roadside."

#11: Hosta (Hosta 'Liberty')

@Paul2032 says, "If I were forced to choose 5 favorite Hostas, I know Liberty would be one of those. It is a beautiful Hosta. Very photogenic as you can see from the pictures in the database. It is attractive as a young plant and absolutely spectacular when mature. Moderate growth rate. It is one of the first to emerge in the spring in my garden. If you grow Hostas and don't have it, I would highly recommend it."

#12: Hosta (Hosta 'Blue Angel')

@eclayne says, "A very fast grower here. In mostly shade, Blue Angel also seems to be able to handle low water well. This is one really reliable Hosta and a great background plant. Leaves are heavily ridged with some corrugation and seem to be very slug resistant. The beautifully steely blue color of spring and early summer changes to a dark blue/green by mid to late summer. My largest, untouched since planting, is nearly 6' across. A super, carefree and highly rewarding plant."

#13: Hosta (Hosta 'August Moon')

@valleylynn says, "This hosta will tolerate full sun, which will intensify the gold color of the leaves, but you need to keep it watered.

Growth rate: Medium"

#14: Hosta (Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans')

@LarryR says, "There is a certain beauty in this hosta's leaves, even as it goes dormant for the winter."

#15: Hosta (Hosta 'Empress Wu')

@Moonhowl says, "Hosta 'Empress Wu' is considered to be the largest-leaf hosta and was introduced by Brian and Virginia Skaggs. It was a selected seedling of Hosta 'Big John' (Clarence Owens, 1986)"

#16: Hosta (Hosta 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd')

@valleylynn says, "Introduced by Walden West in 1989, this cultivar is the brainchild of plantsman Chuck Purtymun. A cross of H. 'Tokudama' x H. sieboldiana, it is the recipient of numerous awards,
Growth habit: Medium"

#17: Hosta (Hosta 'Fragrant Bouquet')

@virginiarose says, "A rapid grower and easy for any gardener to maintain. Large, funnel-shaped fragrant flowers!"

@Ispahan added, "A reliable steady performer with showy, fragrant flowers. This is one of those special garden perennials that, while not flashy or exciting, always seems to be "just right.""

#18: Hosta (Hosta 'Blue Cadet')

@ViolaAnn says, "I have divided this hosta up to make a border in an area that is so dark that most hostas don't grow well. It does very well indeed. Quite easy to divide and fast growing, so it makes a good border."

#19: Hosta (Hosta 'Whirlwind')

@ViolaAnn says, "'Whirlwind' is one of my earliest hostas and I've had it for more than a decade. I recently came to the conclusion that my hostas planted near my Linden tree did not grow as quickly or as well as those that were farther from it. It may be a lack of moisture or simply the dense shade. At any rate, about 3 years ago, I divided my slow-growing 'Whirlwind' and placed a much smaller division in an area that receives morning sun (but not a lot more moisture). That division has grown rapidly and blooms far better than the original division, making me conclude that this plant grows better with some sun."

#20: Hosta (Hosta 'Fire Island')

@virginiarose says, "The slugs love this plant."

@Lilydaydreamer added, "Always provides a great color splash in spring"

#21: Hosta (Hosta 'Halcyon')

@ViolaAnn says, "A relatively slow-growing Tardiana blue that holds its colour well into the season. Mine has grown better since I divided it and moved it away from a Linden tree."

#22: Hosta (Hosta 'Royal Standard')

@Marilyn says, "I used to grow this Hosta and I remember the hummingbirds coming up to the white flowers and getting nectar from them. I always loved that every summer!"

#23: Hosta (Hosta 'Night Before Christmas')

@SCButtercup says, "Seems to tolerate sun better than many hostas, and its pointy leaves provide variety when interplanted with more oval-leafed hosta varieties. Leaves also make great greenery in flower bouquets."

#24: Hosta (Hosta sieboldiana var. montana 'Aureomarginata')

@virginiarose says, "The border will look chartreuse, gold, or white depending on the amount of sun."

@virginiarose added, "H. longipes, H. kikutii and H. montana cultivars and all of their variants and hybrids would be good choices to survive extremely dry and hot conditions."

#25: Hosta (Hosta 'Pandora's Box')

@BookerC1 says, "Very petite little hosta, with attractive bi-color leaves and twisted form. Slow to multiply. Seems to be highly attractive to insect pests, as it is chewed up when the other miniature hostas in the area are untouched."

The most thumbed-up image in the Hostas area is shown below:

Comments and Discussion
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Hostas by csandt Jun 20, 2015 7:10 PM 0
It should be Hosta montana Aureomarginata by steve_mass Jun 20, 2015 4:58 PM 3

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