2018 Mini & Small Hosta Catalogue

Mini and small hosta sales are done for 2018.  If you wish to receive notification of the 2019 catalogue, please send your full name and a cell number for back up use only to carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com.

 

The miniature and small hostas for spring 2018 pick up at the nursery or mail order are described below.  The minis will be the size that you would expect to find in a 3 to 4” pot (which really is the biggest sized pot for miniature hostas).  The small hostas are in two quart or gallon pots. Please make sure the hosta you are ordering is not marked sold out.

To Order for Pick Up: To ensure availability, local customers can send an email to carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com listing the hosta names and quantities you would like reserved for pick up.  Please include your full name and cell number.   If you don’t receive an acknowledgment within a day, we did not get your email.  There is no minimum order for pick up.

To Order for Mail Order:  The minimum order for mail order is $75.  If you wish to order, please send an email to carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com with your name, address, cell number, and the name and quantity of the hostas you want.  You will receive an acknowledgement telling you the amount owed and asking you to mail a check.  If you don’t receive an acknowledgment within a day, we did not get your email.  Upon receipt of your check, the hostas will be shipped USPS priority mail.  The total will include $15 for shipping and handling (there may be an additional charge for large orders).  The hostas will be removed from their pots before shipping and must be planted or potted shortly after arrival.

What is a miniature hosta?  The American Hosta Society defines miniature hostas by their leaf size.  The leaf blade area, length x width, can be no greater than 6 square inches.  Clump spread and height are irrelevant.  Therefore, some of the hostas listed below are not technically “miniature”, but they are all small!

Photos appear above the descriptions.

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MOUSE EARS HOSTAS

Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears'‘Blue Mouse Ears’:  8” tall by 19” wide; leaves are 2 ½” long by 2 ¼” wide, very blue, round, and thick; short, dense clusters of striking lavender flowers in July; very tight and elegant symmetrical habit: slug resistant; the original mouse ear and 2008 Hosta of the Year; $12

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Hosta 'Church Mouse'‘Church Mouse’:  compact mound 8″ tall by 15″ wide; very blue leaves with unique, highly ruffled margins with seersucker edges that make a good contrast with other mouse hostas; thick substance repels slugs; adorable, well-proportioned lavender flowers in early summer; photo Walters Gardens $18

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Hosta 'Frosted Mouse Ears'‘Frosted Mouse Ears’:  7” tall by 18” wide; leaves 2 ½” long by 2 1/4′’ wide; round, blue-green leaves with yellow margins becoming creamy white later in the season; thick, slug resistant; attractive proportional purple flowers and habit similar to its parent ‘Blue Mouse Ears’; rare $18  2 left

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Hosta 'Green Mouse Ears'‘Green Mouse Ears’:  5” tall by 12” wide; leaves 2 ½” long by 2 1/4′’ wide, shiny bright green; has the thickest leaves of any mouse ears hosta; attractive proportional purple flowers and habit similar to its parent ‘Blue Mouse Ears’; slug resistant; tiny, cute, and very rare; $25  1 left

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'Holy Mouse Ears'‘Holy Mouse Ears’:  6” tall by 16” wide; leaves 2 ¼” long by 2” wide, blue green margin with yellow to chartreuse center, round and thick; the most beautiful leaves in the mouse ears series; attractive proportional purple flowers and habit similar to its parent ‘Blue Mouse Ears’; slug resistant, rare; $18

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Hosta 'Mighty Mouse'‘Mighty Mouse’:  4″ tall by 8″ wide; leaves 3″ long by 3″ wide, almost round blue-green leaves with a yellow margin fading to white in the fall; lovely compact, bell-like flowers; possibly the most adorable mouse ears hosta, definitely the cutest name; $15  Sold Out

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Hosta 'Mini Skirt'‘Mini Skirt’:  5″ tall by 13″ wide; leaves 2″ long by 1 1/2″ wide, forms a miniature mound of very wavy, thick, blue-green leaves with wide, heavily ruffled creamy yellow margins; lovely compact, pale lavender flowers with purple stripes in early summer; a sport of ‘Mighty Mouse’ and an exciting new addition to the mouse ears hosta clan; $18  Sold Out

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Hosta 'Mouse Cheese'Giantland Mouse Cheese’: 4″ tall by 12″ wide; leaves are 2 3/4″long by 2 1/2″ wide, bright gold, thick and round like the other mice we have come to love with a smooth texture and good substance; very cute pale purple flowers in July; retains gold leaf color all season; Giantland is the name of the nursery that selected this hosta; rare; $20  6 left

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Hosta 'Pure Heart'‘Pure Heart’: 4″ tall by 5″ wide; leaves are 1 1/4″long by 1″ wide, forms a diminutive mound of thick, rounded, blue-green leaves with a creamy yellow center; very cute and perfectly proportional lavender flowers in midsummer; a sport of ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ with the reverse variegation of ‘Might Mouse’; named for Mighty Mouse’s girlfriend Pearl Pureheart;  $18  Sold Out

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‘School Mouse’: 8″ tall by 12″ wide; newly introduced; forms an attractive mound of thick and slug-resistant, blue-green leaves with very wavy and seer suckered yellow edges; perfectly proportional lavender flowers in early summer; a sport of ‘Church Mouse’; photo Walters Gardens;  $20

.Hosta 'Sun Mouse' Walters

‘Sun Mouse’: 6″ tall by 18″ wide; leaves are 3″ long by 2″ wide, newly introduced; very similar to ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ but with brilliant, round yellow leaves that hold their color well into summer; a hybrid not a sport; proportional lavender flowers in midsummer; photo Walters Gardens;  $20

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OTHER MINIATURE AND SMALL HOSTAS

Hosta 'Appletini'‘Appletini’:  6” tall by 14” wide; leaves are 3 ½” long by 2 ¼” wide, striking shiny gold and pointed; short, pale purple flowers in August; excellent in containers for a bright accent; a personal favorite; $15

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Hosta 'Baby Bunting'‘Baby Bunting’:  11″ high by 26″ wide; leaves 2 1/2″ by 2 “, gray blue and nearly round; the photo is deceiving—the leaves are small and cute; bright purple flowers in late June; wonderful tiny hosta ranking high on the list of minis and the parent of ‘Cherish’ and ‘Pandora’s Box’;  $15  Sold Out

‘Blue Elf’:  newly introduced; 8″ tall by 12″ wide; 2 1/2 to 3″ wide leaves; finally a mini hosta with truly blue leaves with a powdery sheen—beautiful; perfectly proportionate lavender flowers in midsummer; photo Walters Gardens $10

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Hosta 'Cherish' ‘Cherish’:  8″ tall by 12″ wide; leaves 2 1/2″ long by 1 1/2″ wide, heart-shaped creamy yellow leaves with a wide blue margin streaking into the center; adorable tiny hosta, “child” of the wonderful ‘Baby Bunting’, needs more sun due to its extensive variegation;  $12  Sold Out

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Hosta 'Cracker Crumbs'‘Cracker Crumbs’:  5″ tall by 19” wide; leaves 3” long by 2 ½” wide, shiny gold with a bright green wavy margin; pale purple flowers in July; quickly forms dense and rounded mound; great trough or rock garden plant and my best-selling miniature hosta; $12   9 left

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Hosta 'Curly Fries' ‘Curly Fries’: very distinctive 11″ tall by 20″ wide dense clump; leaves are 7″ long by 1 1/2″ wide, very narrow bright gold and heavily rippled; lavender flowers on purple scapes in summer; so unique that it was named Hosta of the Year for 2016;   $15 (not available mail order)

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Hosta 'Dragon Tails'‘Dragon Tails’: 7″ high by 14″ wide; leaves 5″ long by 1″ wide, golden, lance-shaped, heavily rippled, and tapering to a point; forms an arching tight clump great for draping over the edge of a container; one of my all-time favorites, if you use your imagination you can see the dragon tail; $15  9 left

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‘Fire Island’: 10″ tall by 15″ wide; striking for its arresting gold color, red stems, and red coloring at the base of the leaf; small hosta, great in larger containers where the red stems really show up or for the front of the border;  $25 (not available mail order) Sold Out

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‘Gemstone’: 5″ tall and 12″ wide; very blue, heart-shaped and twisted leaves tapering to a point; a cross between super tiny H. venusta and ‘Dorset Blue’; forms a tight and elegant mound; $12

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Hosta 'Green with Envy'‘Green with Envy’: 12″ tall and 30″ wide; leaves 4″ long by 3″ wide, oval with a gold center and dark green margins; purple flowers in June and July; a lovely small hosta;  $12  Sold Out

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‘High Society’: 8″ tall by 15″ wide; a stunning sport of award-winning ‘June’ with wider blue margins and a bright yellow center softening to parchment during the summer; pale lavender flowers on short spikes in midsummer; great small hosta for containers or the front of the border; $18 (not available mail order)  6 left

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Hosta 'Itsy Bitsy Spider'‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’:  2 ½” tall by 6” wide; leaves 1 ¾” long by 1 1/4′’ wide, narrow with thick substance and distinct blue-green color; pale lavender flowers in July; forms a tight low mound; adorable and rare, the smallest hosta in our collection; $12  3 left

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Hosta 'Kiwi Golden Thimble'‘Kiwi Golden Thimble’: 5″ tall by 18″ wide; leaves 2 3/4″ long by 1 1/4″ wide, narrow gold leaves; rapidly produces an adorable mound of golden foliage, rare;  $12

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‘Lakeside Cupcake’: 5″ tall by 12″ wide; thick, cupped and corrugated leaves have a creamy center with a wide blue-green border; small hosta, great in larger containers and for the front of the border;  $20 (not available mail order)  6 left

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‘Lakeside Paisley Print’: 2019 Hosta of the Year; 10″ tall by 20″ wide; stunning small hosta with thick substanced, heart-shaped leaves on cream-colored stalks; wide wavy green margins enclose the narrow, creamy white center, which forms a feathery pattern—very unique; light lavender flowers on cream-colored scapes in midsummer; photo Mary Chastain; $18 (not available mail order)  Sold Out

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Hosta 'Lemon Delight'‘Lemon Delight’:  12″ high by 30″ wide; leaves 3 3/4″ long by 1 1/4″ wide, rippled, green-centered with a chartreuse margin, the opposite variegation to ‘Twist of Lime’; bright purple flowers in July; makes an excellent dense ground cover or edging; $12  Sold Out

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Hosta 'Lemon Lime'‘Lemon Lime’: 12″ tall by 36″ wide; leaves 3 5/8″ long by 1 5/8″ wide, dense mound of narrow wavy gold leaves tolerant of and brighter colored with direct sunlight; bright purple flowers in July; outstanding low ground cover hosta, spreading rapidly as illustrated by the photo of my stand; $12  Sold Out

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‘Lemon Love Note’:  10″ tall by 20″ wide; leaves 4 3/8″ long by 2 1/4″ wide, sharply pointed, shiny, bright yellow leaves with strongly ruffled margins; deep purple flowers in July and August; has a great combination of colorful foliage and a small dense mounding habit, grows quickly; $12

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‘Lemon Zinger’:  newly introduced; 7″ tall by 16″ wide; leaves 5″ long by 1″ wide, golden, lance-shaped, heavily rippled with a dark green margin; just like its parent and my favorite ‘Dragon Tails’ but with the added elegance of a green magin; forms an arching tight clump great for draping over the edge of a container; $20  Sold Out

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‘Maui Buttercups’: 10″ tall by 18″ wide; round leaves are 5″ wide; small hosta with bright gold, deeply cupped and puckered leaves—a customer favorite; thick substance repels slugs; near white flowers in midsummer; $18 (not available mail order)  Sold Out

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‘Munchkin Fire’: 7″ tall by 15″ wide; newly introduced; forms a diminutive fountain of very short and narrow gold leaves tapering to a sharp point; holds its bright yellow color all season long; best-selling mini in 2017; photo Randall Goodwin;  $18

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‘Pocketful of Sunshine’: 9″ tall by 14″ wide; small hosta with yellow, cupped leaves with a broad deep green margin and thick, puckered texture; sport of ‘Rainforest Sunrise’; light lavender flowers in midsummer; $18 (not available mail order)  Sold Out

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‘Rainforest Sunrise’: 8″ tall by 15″ wide; 2013 Hosta of the Year; remarkable coloring and habit make it really stand out; beautiful light lavender flowers—the plants fly out of the nursery as soon as it comes into bloom; small hosta, great in larger containers or for the front of the border; sport of ‘Maui Buttercups’; $20 (not available mail order)  Sold Out

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Hosta 'Twist of Lime'Twist of Lime’:  6” tall by 10” wide; leaves 3” long by 1” wide, bright gold with a dark blue-green wavy margin; many deep violet-striped flowers in July; beautiful upright habit;  very fast grower and a favorite of my customers; $12  Sold Out

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‘Wiggles and Squiggles’: newly introduced; 8″ tall by 10″ wide; long and thin, bright yellow leaves with very wavy margins like ‘Dragon Tails’ but bigger; low, wide habit; best with morning sun; lavender flowers in midsummer; $18 (not available mail order)

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‘Wonderful’: 3″ tall by 6 to 10″ wide; lovely deep yellow, unusually shaped leaves with a glistening white rim; great for troughs and other containers, it is shown here in our strawberry pot; $15  6 left

Directions for ordering are at the beginning of the catalogue.

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