New Miniature and Small Hostas for 2014, Part 2

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Miniature hosta collageClockwise from upper left: flowers of ‘Lemon Frost’, ‘Neutrino’, ‘Chartreuse Wiggles’, ‘Thumbelina’, and ‘Feather Boa’.

My last post called New Miniature and Small Hostas for 2014 highlighted four new additions to our extensive offerings of miniature hostas.  In that post I talked about ‘Alakazaam’, ‘Baby Booties’, ‘Cherish’, and ‘Kiwi Golden Thimble’.  To see the photos and descriptions, click here.  This post will add five more profiles of cute little hostas that you will want to add to your containers and gardens.


Hosta 'Fether Boa'‘Feather Boa’ is extremely useful because it grows rapidly to form a dense groundcover of bright gold leaves.  It is 11″ tall by 27″ wide, and its leaves are 3 3/4″ long by 2″ wide.  The narrow gold foliage with very wavy margins is topped by attractive purple flowers in July.


Hosta 'Thumbelina'‘Thumbelina’  departs from the usual color scheme to give us a very cute bright green and gold mini with wavy, heart-shaped leaves and a wide yellow margin .  It is 10″ tall by 24″ wide, and its leaves are 4″ long by 3″ wide.  It has medium purple flowers in July and forms a small, dense rounded mound, great specimen!


Hosta 'Chartreuse Wiggles'‘Chartreuse Wiggles has glossy, bright gold, very narrow and heavily rippled leaves that really stand out in the garden.  It is 10″ high by 25″ wide, and its leaves are 5 1/2″ long by 1″ wide.  Pale purple flowers appear in August.  It forms a low dense mound, making an excellent specimen, edger, or groundcover.


Hosta 'Neutrino'‘Neutrino’  is another mini hosta that really stands out.  The bright green, pointy leaves have a wide white margin that streaks into the center.  It forms a  5″ tall by 16″ wide neat but dense mound.  Its leaves are 2 3/4″ long by 1 3/4″ wide topped by medium purple flowers in July.  It is a tiny plant, a seedling of H. venusta.


Hosta 'Lemon Frost' ‘Lemon Frost’  features a very unusual color combination of light chartreuse leaves with a pure white margin.  It is 10″ tall by 24″ wide, and its leaves are 3 1/2″ long by 1 1/2″ wide.  The gorgeous, dark purple striped flowers appear in July (next photo).  It is very fast growing and useful as a variegated ground cover or edging plant.


Hosta 'Lemon Frost'The buds of ‘Lemon Frost’ are a desirable dark purple, and the flowers are striped—a hosta I would grow for its flowers!

There may be a third post in this series with a few more new additions.  Meanwhile, if you would like to read more about little hostas, click on any of the following links:

New Miniature and Small Hostas for 2014, Part 1

New Mice for 2014

2013 New Miniature and Small Hostas

Miniature (& Small) Hostas


Beyond Mice

Hostas Containers and Companions



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15 Responses to “New Miniature and Small Hostas for 2014, Part 2”

  1. Lemon Frost does have nice flowers. I usually cut off hosta flowers, but would let these bloom on.

  2. Nice photographs! I love hostas and have been growing them for longer than I can remember, check out my recent post on my hostas!


  3. Those hosta pictures are gorgeous. We are going to have to add more variety to our garden.

  4. Always love your Hostas Carolyn, I did bring quite a number from our Aberdeen garden and the bonus is, very few slugs here. Your Hosta that caught my eye is the ‘Chartreuse Wiggles, how very unusual. The flowers on Lemon Frost look a real treat. Seems to me that because the foliage of Hostas are so very special, the powers that be, tell us we should have no time for the blooms,whilst at the same time, sing the praises of blooms on other flowering perennials which are much less significant.

    • Alistair, England is known for slugs so you are very lucky. Yes, it is important to ignore the powers that be. Some hostas have gorgeous flowers and should be grown for that reason. H. plantaginea, H. tokudama, all the Mouse Ears, and Baby Bunting and its progeny come to mind. As you know, gardeners really need to be wary of all those “gardening rules”. Often the really glorious result is in the breaking of them. Carolyn

  5. Oh my that lemon Frost is a keeper especially those flowers

  6. Love the Lemon Frost; the flowers are a great bonus! And I adore Chartreuse Wiggles. Thanks for the great information. These are two more to add to my list. I can always count on you for plant enticements to inflame my horticultural lust.

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