One of the most beautiful times in my garden is when the wisteria is in full bloom. Under it is planted one of my candidates for Top 10 Hostas, ‘Stained Glass’, hosta of the year for 2006. Available at CSG.
With the latest issue of its beautiful and informative journal, the American Hosta Society sent its members a form asking them to vote for their 10 favorite “regular” hostas and 5 favorite minis. People often ask me which hostas are my favorites, and the AHS Popularity Poll sent me out into the garden to make a list. Naturally I brought my camera, and I thought I would show you some of the contenders. To avoid disappointment, I have indicated which are for sale at Carolyn’s Shade Gardens (CSG). Sadly, some of my favorites are not readily available.
Nursery News: The 2015 Miniature Hosta Catalogue is on line here, and we are taking orders for both mail order and pick up at the nursery. Our third open house sale, featuring hostas, ferns, and hardy geraniums, is Saturday, May 16, from 10 am to 3 pm. We are also open 24/7 by appointment. If you would like to receive emails notifying you of catalogues, events, and sales, please sign up for our customer email list by sending your full name and phone number to email@example.com. If you are interested in snowdrops or miniature hostas, please let us know and we will put you on our special list.
Hosta ‘Paul’s Glory, hosta of the year for 1999. Available at CSG.
Hosta ‘Paradise Island’ on the left and ‘Maui Buttercups’ on the right. They are not really in contention, but they looked so beautiful together under the ‘Paliban’ lilac.
Hosta ‘Paradise Joyce’ hasn’t been available for years, but it really is one of the best.
Hosta ‘Eye Declare’, here with ‘Lynnhaven Carpet’ erigeron in the foreground and ‘Stainless Steel’ coralbells in the background, may be my favorite big hosta. Again it is not available in the trade.
Hosta ‘First Frost’, 2010 hosta of the year, with its blue and yellow spring coloring is just gorgeous. Available at CSG.
Hosta ‘El Nino’, here with white-flowered hardy geranium, has always been one of my favorites with its unique blue and ivory coloring. It is difficult to find, but I have it for sale this year.
A close up of ‘El Nino’, a star in my silver and blue garden. Available at CSG.
Hosta ‘Great Expectations’ really started to thrive when I moved it from full shade to an eastern-facing location. Available at CSG.
Hosta ‘Brother Stefan’ seems to like sun too, here it faces southwest and is paired with ‘Goldheart’ bleeding-heart. I think it should have been hosta of the year rather than the somewhat similar ‘Paradigm’. Available at CSG.
Hosta ‘Crumb Cake’, here in a container, is definitely on my top ten list. It is a small hosta, but the leaves are too big for it to qualify as a mini.
There were other contenders not pictured here: ‘Blue Angel’, ‘Sagae’ (2000 hosta of the year), ‘Abiqua Drinking Gourd’ (2014 hosta of the year), adorable ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ (2008 hosta of the year), whose leaves are also a little too big to be a mini, the amazing ‘Praying Hands’ (2011 hosta of the year), ‘Remember Me’, and H. nigrescens. I guess I will have to do another post. I will definitely have to narrow down my list! That’s all for now but look for another post on my favorite hostas soon.
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