My nursery specializes in miniature hostas, and I have over 25 varieties available right now, both at the nursery and mail order. My 2011 post Miniature (& Small) Hostas gives an overview of little hostas and how to use them in the garden. In my most recent post, I LOVE Mice, I raved about the mouse ears series of hostas. But there are many desirable miniature hostas “beyond mice” so I thought I would highlight some special favorites.
‘Cracker Crumbs’ is pictured here in my dish garden (full photo below) surrounded by a tiny gray-blue sedum. It is a miniature hosta 5” tall by 19” wide with leaves 2 1/2” long by 1 1/2” wide. ‘Cracker Crumbs’ has shiny gold leaves with a bright green wavy margin and pale purple flowers in July. It quickly forms a dense and rounded mound and makes a great trough or rock garden plant.
‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’ is also pictured in my dish garden (full photo below) with the same sedum and some hens and chickens. It is a miniature hosta 2 ½” tall by 6” wide with leaves 1 ¾” long by 1 1/4″ wide. ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’ has narrow leaves with thick substance and a distinct blue-gray color, and pale lavender flowers in July. It forms a tight low mound. This adorable and rare plant is the smallest hosta in my collection.
‘Pixie Vamp’ is pictured here in a container with violas. It is a miniature hosta 7” tall by 16” wide with leaves 3 ½” long by 2 ½” wide. ‘Pixie Vamp’ has bright green heart-shaped leaves bordered by gold in the spring changing to creamy white. Its gorgeous mahogany colored stems hold purple flowers in July. It is excellent in containers.
‘Crumb Cake’ is pictured here fully emerged in the same container featured in the first photo in this post. It is a miniature hosta 5” high by 14” wide with leaves 3” long by 3” wide. ‘Crumb Cake’ is a recent introduction with very bright honey-gold leaves, which are round with wavy margins. It is a very unusual looking hosta forming a flat, dense, brightly colored mound. It has elegant mahogany-colored leaf and flower stems and lavender flowers in July. It makes an excellent container plant.
‘Alakazaam’ is pictured here in a container made for me by my son. It is a miniature hosta 5″ tall by 10″ wide with leaves 6 1/2″ long and 3/4″ wide. ‘Alakazaam’ has bright green leaves with gold ruffled margins changing to creamy white, and lavender flowers in late summer. Its unusual spiky habit makes it stand out from the crowd no matter where you place it.
‘Surfer Girl’ is pictured here in my rock garden. It is a miniature hosta 6” tall by 18” wide with leaves 2” long by 1” wide. ‘Surfer Girl’ has dark green, sharply pointed, deeply rippled leaves reminiscent of ocean waves, and purple flowers in July. It creeps to fill in a wide area and is excellent for edging the front of a border. I use it in containers to contrast with gold-leafed minis.
‘Little Sunspot’ is pictured here in my strawberry pot. It is a small hosta 12″ tall by 12″ wide with leaves 3″ long and 2″ wide. It has sharply contrasting variegated gold leaves with a wide dark green margin and purple-striped white flowers in summer. ‘Little Sunspot’ is great for a rock garden, border, or a container.
‘Twist of Lime’ is pictured here massed in front of epimediums. It is a miniature hosta 6” tall by 10” wide with leaves 3” long by 1” wide. ‘Twist of Lime’ has bright gold leaves with a narrow, dark blue-green wavy margin and many deep violet-striped flowers in July. It has a beautiful upright habit and is a very fast grower—a favorite of my customers.
‘Praying Hands’ is pictured here in a container with violas and dwarf Solomon’s seal. It is a small hosta 16″ tall by 30″ wide with leaves 7″ long and 2″ wide. ‘Praying Hands’ has waxy and prominently ridged dark emerald green leaves with a narrow gold edge. It is the most unusual hosta on the market with its folded leaves and vertical, twisty habit reminiscent of a pitcher plant. It thrives in containers with my plant doubling in size each year. ‘Praying Hands’ received the prestigious Hosta of the Year Award in 2011.
Miniature hostas are so much fun. My next post will be on my new miniature hosta rock garden and feature companion plants to use in containers with your little hostas.
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