2021 Hosta Catalogue

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Clockwise from upper left: Church Mouse, Mouse Madness, Heat Wave, Hadspen Blue, Seducer

The hostas available at Carolyn’s Shade Gardens for spring 2021 are described below with photos.  The list will be updated regularly to indicate when plants sell out or are in short supply.  In most cases, minis/smalls are in 3-4″ pots, and larger hostas are in gallon pots.

Pick Up Details:  All orders must be picked up on Saturday, May 15.  Times will be assigned alphabetically and organized in a way to promote everyone’s health and safety.  You are welcome to send a friend or relative to pick up your plants.  We understand that not everyone will be able to commit to this date and/or assigned times, but please do not order if you cannot accommodate this system.  It worked very well for the hellebores!

How to Order (sorry no mail order): Minimum order $75.  Hosta supply is limited so please don’t order without double checking that the variety you want is not marked sold out.  Please send an email to carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com or reply to this email with the plant names, quantities, your name, and cell number. We will send you an acknowledgment of your order, usually within 24 hours.  If you don’t get an acknowledgment, it means we didn’t receive your order.  Payment will be made by mailing a check.

Photos appear above the descriptions.

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MOUSE EARS HOSTAS

I am a big fan of mouse ears hostas.  They are so wonderful—from their round, rubbery, slug-resistant leaves to their lovely, proportionate, bell-shaped flowers (unlike other hostas, I would grow them for their flowers) to their adorable habit—and they make a fun collection.  When I found a grower who was carrying a wide selection of rarely available mouse ears last year, I ordered a small quantity of each and grew them on for you.  They may not be available again!

‘Blue Mouse Ears’: American Hosta Growers 2008 Hosta of the Year; 8” tall by 19” wide; very blue, round, and thick leaves; short, dense clusters of striking lavender flowers in July; tight and elegant symmetrical habit; rubbery leaves make all mouse ears hostas slug resistant; the original mouse ear and still one of the best;  $15   Sold Out

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‘Church Mouse’:  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;  $15   Sold Out

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‘Flamenco Mouse’:  3-6” tall by 10” wide; the blue-green leaves with a lighter margin are heavily ruffled and folded like a flamenco dancer’s dress; very attractive, dark purple flowers; $18   Sold Out

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‘Green Thumb’:  2″ tall by 10″ wide; no mouse in its name but definitely a mouse ear hosta; a more vigorous successor to ‘Green Mouse Ears’ with thick, round, dark green leaves; forms a dense, tight clump; $18   Sold Out

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‘Lucky Mouse’: 5″ tall by 12″ wide; forms a miniature mound of wavy, thick, blue-green leaves with wide, ruffled creamy yellow margins; lovely compact, pale lavender flowers in early summer;  $18   Sold Out

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‘Mouse Capades’:  7″ tall by 15″ wide; thick, blue-green, undulating leaves with a twisted tip and wide creamy margins; a sport of ‘Mighty Mouse’ and just as cute; $18  Sold Out

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Giantland Mouse Cheese’: 4″ tall by 12″ 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; $18   Sold Out

.‘Mouse Madness’: 5″ tall by 12″ wide; small mound of thick, rounded, frosty blue leaves with a bright white margin; a recent addition to the collectible mouse ears family and one of the best;  $18   Sold Out

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‘Mouse on the Moon’: 6″ tall by 14″ wide; a newly introduced sport of ‘Mouse Madness’; very wide, creamy white, wavy margins encircle pointed and twisted blue-green leaves; forms a showy, fast-growing mound; cute proportional lavender flowers in early summer;  $18   Sold Out

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Hosta Ruffled Mouse Ears

‘Ruffled Mouse Ears’: 6″ tall by 14″ wide; same round, thick, rubbery, slug resistant leaves as its parent ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ but with rippled and frilled margins; more vigorous than other mouse ears, quickly forms a mound of ruffled foliage;   $15   3 left

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Hosta 'Sunny Mouse Ears'Giantland Sunny Mouse Ears’:   3″ tall by 10″ wide; the round leaves are an adorable, the first gold-leafed cultivar in the Mouse Ears series; thick substance repels slugs; pixie-like pale purple flowers in July; Giantland is the name of the nursery that selected this hosta; rare; $18   Sold Out

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OTHER MINIATURE AND SMALL HOSTAS

‘Baby Blue Eyes’: 6″ tall by 16″ wide; vigorous blue hosta that forms a tight flat mound of heart-shaped, powdery blue leaves with heavy substance; cross between tiny ‘Cody’ and very blue ‘Dorset Blue’; $12   5 left

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‘Cookie Crumbs’: 5″ tall by 16″ wide; tiny green leaves with a creamy white edge, sport of ‘Tiny Tears’; $12  Sold Out

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‘Crumb Cake’:  5” tall by 14” wide; very bright honey-gold leaves, round with wavy margins; very unusual looking hosta forming flat, dense mounds; mahogany leaf and flowers stems and lavender flowers in July; excellent container plant;  $15   Sold Out

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‘Dragon Tails’: 7″ high by 14″ 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   Sold Out

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‘Fairy Dust’: 5″ tall by 8″ wide; upright, narrow intensely yellow leaves with wavy edges, holds its color all summer; $15  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; $15  Sold Out

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‘Lemon Kiss’: 6″ tall by 14″ wide; beautiful soft yellow leaves with intensely bright red stems—the contrast is gorgeous; purple flowers in late summer;   $15   Sold Out

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‘Lemon Love Note’:  10″ tall by 20″ 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  Sold Out

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‘Pixie Vamp’: 6″ tall by 12″ wide; one of my favorites; heart-shaped, bright green leaves with creamy yellow margins—a very desirable color combination usually found only in larger hostas; attractive lavender flowers with striking mahogany stems; excellent neat habit, great in a container; $15   Sold Out

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‘Stiletto’:  12″ high and 24″wide; rippled and wavy, shiny dark green leaves with a narrow yellow to creamy white margin; another small hosta that can’t be mistaken for any other; fast-growing, adaptable, great for edging and forms a dense mini-hedge along a path or border; $12  Sold Out

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‘Tears of Joy’:  4″ tall by 10″ wide; tiny, extremely narrow, twisted and folded dark green leaves; a vigorous plant that forms a very small mound with a standout texture (there is a quarter in the photo to give you perspective); $15  1 left

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‘Tiny Bubbles’: 8″ tall by 16″ wide; thick, undulating gold to chartreuse leaves; the tiny bubbles are the unusual, closed, orchid-colored flowers that float over the leaves in mid-summer; $15  Sold Out

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‘Woodland Elf’: 5” tall by 15” wide; medium green center with a white margin, waved and cupped; lavender flowers in June and July; beautiful upright habit;  fast grower forming a compact mound; great in troughs and excellent edger; $15   Sold Out

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LARGER HOSTAS

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Brother Stefan: American Hosta Growers 2017 Hosta of the Year; 20″ tall by 36″ wide, thick, heavily puckered leaves, green with gold center; desirable white flowers; spectacular—a favorite at Carolyn’s Shade Gardens; $25   Sold Out

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Guardian Angel:  24″ tall by 36-48″ wide; a sport of ‘Blue Angel’ with large, thick, ruffled blue leaves with a ghostly ivory center sprinkled with an otherworldly gray-green mist; near white flowers; excellent specimen; photo Walters Gardens; $25   Sold Out

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Hosta Hadspen Blue

Hadspen Blue: 14″ tall by 24″ wide; thick, heart-shaped, steel blue leaves that hold their color longer than most other blue hostas; pale lavender flowers; photo Walters Gardens;  $25   9 left

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Heat Wave:  10-12″ tall by 16-18″ wide; thick, cupped, heavily puckered, gold leaves with wide blue margins; near white flowers; photo Walters Gardens; $25   Sold Out

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June:   American Hosta Growers 2001 Hosta of the Year; 15″ tall by 20″ wide; gorgeous thick chartreuse changing to gold leaves with blue margins; pale lavender-blue flowers; our customers’ favorite hosta;  $20   Sold Out

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Orange Marmalade: 18″ tall by 30″ wide; a stunning color breakthrough—eye-catching, orange-gold leaves and irregular, deep green margins; light lavender flowers; really stands out in our garden; RHS Award of Garden Merit;  $20  Sold Out

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Paradigm:  American Hosta Growers 2007 Hosta of the Year; 12″tall by 24″wide; an absolutely stunning specimen hosta at Carolyn’s Shade Gardens; thick, corrugated gold leaves with jetting blue-green margins; near white flowers; $25   Sold Out

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Paul’s Glory: American Hosta Growers 1999 Hosta of the Year; 24″ tall by 36-48″ wide; heart-shaped, chartreuse leaves brightening to gold in summer and surrounded by blue-green margins; RHS Award of Garden Merit;  $20   Sold Out

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Seducer:  26″ tall by 36″ wide; large, dark green leaves with a wide, wavy, yellow edge further enhanced by unusual white streaks between the center and the margin; near white flowers; photo Walters Gardens;  $30   4 left

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Stained Glass: American Hosta Growers 2006 Hosta of the Year; 15″ tall by 30″ wide; huge, glossy gold leaves with green margins; lovely, fragrant near white flowers; continues to look great through the fall; $20   Sold Out

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Wu-La-La: 36-48″ tall by 60-72″ wide; its parent, incredibly popular ‘Empress Wu’, took hosta size to a whole new level and this hosta has the same size and presence with the added bonus of variegation; giant blue-green leaves with an apple-green margin; violet flowers; photo Walters Gardens;  $30   Sold Out

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Carolyn’s Shade Gardens T-Shirts

Highest quality, extra soft and comfortable, 100% cotton, artistic five-color design featuring PA native columbine—perfect for gardening, exercising, or sleeping!   $25
Women’s Cut:  M  6 left,   L 9 left,   XL  3 left
Standard Cut (men’s sizes):  M  3 left,   L  Sold Out ,   XL  Sold Out

Instructions for Ordering are at the beginning of the catalogue.

 

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