Hostas forum: What is your favorite Large hosta?

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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Jan 31, 2016 10:49 PM CST
I would choose Liberty hands down. It is one of the few that causes me stop each time I take a walk in the garden. It is so beautiful that I have added a second and plan to add a few more around the gardens. It's price has become more reasonable. I don't hesitate to buy a second or third of a variety, if it really catches my eye while browsing at nurseries.
Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
Feb 1, 2016 2:05 PM CST
I would definately have Liberty at the top of my list although that is based on others' pics as mine is only a young plant. Earth Angel, Blue Angel and Montana Aureomarginata would also be right up there. Got a picture of your Liberty to post?
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Feb 1, 2016 2:20 PM CST
I haven't gotten into picture taking. I have and like the others you mentioned too. My Liberty is 5 yrs old. There used to be a nursery near me which had absolutely huge clumps of montana Aureo Marginata from which they would dig divisions for sale each year. These clumps, there were perhaps 6 of them, were easily 40" tall and 6ft x 10ft in size. They also had similar clumps of other varieties. They had to move due to road construction. I do have 3 montana Aureo Marginate, two of which came from them. It will be a while before they are anywhere near as magnificent as those.
Name: Rose
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Rose1656
Feb 1, 2016 4:24 PM CST
I would have to say Sagae is a favorite of mine, but I think I may be changing my vote when Humpback Whale gets a little older. I have Liberty but it's never looked as pretty as the ones posted on here Grumbling ! I'm trying it in three different areas with different amounts of sun, but so far none of them make me want to take a longer look. I have Ivory Coast. It is smaller than liberty but looks about like it. And it's a good looking one! I'm going to leave all the liberties where they are and see if there's any improvement.
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Feb 1, 2016 4:28 PM CST
Liberty, Great Expectations, and Victory.....I couldn't choose just one Shrug!
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Name: Ann
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ViolaAnn
Feb 1, 2016 8:22 PM CST
'Liberty' for me. My 'Great Expectations' is definitely not large, but my 'Cutting Edge' is. Go figure. But mostly I'm trying to fit way too many hostas into a city garden' so my big ones are pretty limited.
Ann

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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Feb 2, 2016 2:20 PM CST
I like Victory as well.
Great Expectations is a beauty, whether large or small. Once the foliage turns into it's mature form , it is outstanding.

Ann
I am in the same boat,space wise. But I still like the big ones. I am not familiar with Cutting Edge, I will have to check into it. There is an empty lot, which is too small to build on, between my property and my neighbor to the north. I mow it so I use it for some gardening too. The city/county use it as an access to the marshland behind my house.
Name: Ann
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ViolaAnn
Feb 2, 2016 8:30 PM CST
'Cutting Edge' is registered as "medium". Somehow mine didn't get the message. This was mine Aug. 13. Also in the picture you can see 'Touch of Class' at the bottom and a bit of 'Gemini Moon' and 'Alligator Shoes' at the left. 'Salute' is in the upper left, but it's a small hosta.
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Ann

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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Feb 3, 2016 5:13 PM CST
That is a nice one Ann. I like the rippled leaf edges.
I have several of the Sum and Substance sports Parhelion, Green Gables, Lady Isobel,,Titanic and some of the others with the accounting names. I especially like Titanic but have to keep an eye on it as it wants to revert. Of course when I remove the green ones, I have a very nice dark green which looks like Green Gables.
Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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profesora
Feb 4, 2016 6:32 PM CST
My favorite is my own Caipirinha, named for the Brazilian mixed drink.

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Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
Feb 4, 2016 7:20 PM CST
It's a beauty Gerry!
Name: Gerry Donahue
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profesora
Feb 5, 2016 11:23 AM CST
Thank you.
albany,ny (Zone 5a)
pitcherell
Feb 5, 2016 6:05 PM CST
so far Earth Angel is my favorite. it was small when i planted iy about 3 years ago.its behind the flwer stand. couldnt find a better pic.
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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Feb 6, 2016 5:34 PM CST
I believe Earth Angel is a Blue Angel sport. I do have it and like it very much. I believe mine is about 5 yrs old now. Last year was a great growing year for hostas in my area. The previous year was very dry and several of my hosta didn't do much increasing. I am expecting much better increase this year.
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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Feb 11, 2016 9:36 AM CST
Anyone else growing Bridal Falls? I got mine two years ago from Plant Delights. I think it is a real beauty with it's wide white ruffled border. I also grow Niagra Falls which is a much older plant. I like it's dark green ruffled leaves. Also War Paint which has beautiful variegation early in the season but gradually turns green. I like them well enough that they are planted where I see them often.
Name: Rose
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Rose1656
Feb 11, 2016 11:05 AM CST
I've got Bridal Falls ordered for delivery this year. It looks like a beauty! If you like uprights you can't go wrong with Krossa Regal, Lakeside Ripples or All That Jazz.
Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
Feb 11, 2016 3:02 PM CST
Bridal Falls is one on my wishlist too. There is also a newer sport of Niagara Falls, Angel Falls that looks very attractive as well.
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Feb 12, 2016 6:19 AM CST
I will have to check out Angel Falls. I checked it out at the hostalibrary. It is a beauty, will have to keep an aye out for that one!
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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Feb 12, 2016 8:35 AM CST
Does anyone else grow Tidewater? It is a large hosta with very heavily grooved leaves. It is very noticeable in a collection of larger plants. Bluish green leaves and kind of mesmerizing. Very nice vase shape too.
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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
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Feb 12, 2016 8:51 AM CST
I just ordered Angel Falls, Kaleidochrome, and Frosted Hearts. Will be looking forward to the arrival of that order!

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