2020 Hosta Catalogue

The miniature, small, medium, large, and giant hostas available at Carolyn’s Shade Gardens for spring 2020 are described below with photos.  The list will be updated to indicate when plants sell out or are in short supply.  In most cases, minis are in 3-4″ pot, smalls fill a 2 quart pot, and medium and large hostas are in gallon pots.

We are no longer shipping hostas.  Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, hostas are available to local customers by pre-order only.  Orders must be placed before noon on Tuesday, June 2.  Hostas will not be available after that date.

How to Pre-order: Minimum order $50; Please send your full name, cell number, the hosta names, the quantity, and several alternate choices in case any of the hostas you want are sold out to carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com.  I will reply with an acknowledgment.  Supplies are limited so the quicker you get your order in the better.

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.

What does Hosta of the Year (“HOY”) mean? Only 24 hostas, out of the over 6,000 registered hosta cultivars and as many or more unregistered cultivars, have received this award from the American Hosta Growers Association, making them exceedingly superior plants.  For descriptions and photos, click here.

Photos appear above the descriptions.

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MOUSE EARS HOSTAS

‘Blue Mouse Ears’: 2008 Hosta of the Year; 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; very slug resistant; the original mouse ear and still the best;  $15

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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   Sold Out

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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; $18   Sold Out

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‘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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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

.‘Mouse Madness’: 5″ tall by 12″ wide; leaves are 2″long by 2″ wide; small mound of thick, rounded, frosty blue leaves with a bright white margin; the latest in the collectible mouse ears family and some say the best;  $25 

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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’;  $20  Sold Out

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Hosta 'Sunny Mouse Ears'Giantland Sunny Mouse Ears’:   3″ tall by 10″ wide; the round leaves are an adorable 1 3/4″ long by 1 3/4″ wide, 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; $20

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OTHER MINIATURE AND SMALL HOSTAS

‘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 $12   Sold Out

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‘Cookie Crumbs’: 5″ tall by 16″ wide; tiny green leaves with a creamy white edge, sport of ‘Tiny Tears’; $18

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‘Fairy Dust’: 5″ tall by 8″ wide; upright, narrow intensely yellow leaves with wavy edges, holds its color all summer; $18  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

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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   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; $15  Sold Out

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‘Lemon Zinger’: 7″ tall by 16″ wide; rippled gold leaves with a thin dark blue-green margin; sport of ‘Dragon Tails’ with the same charming habit; the photo is of ‘Dragon Tails’ so just envision the little tails with blue-green edges; $18  Sold Out

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‘Munchkin Fire’: 7″ tall by 15″ wide; forms a diminutive fountain of very short and narrow brilliant gold leaves tapering to a sharp point; holds its bright yellow color all season long; another customer favorite; photo Randall Goodwin;  $18   Sold Out

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‘Nippers’: 10″ tall by 18″ wide; the completely round and puckered leaves are extended on the upright stems like cups, giving this hosta a very unique look; $20  Sold Out

.Hosta 'Pandora's Box'‘Pandora’s Box’: 8″ high by 19″ wide; leaves 2 1/2″ long and 2″ wide, heart-shaped, bright white with an irregular blue-green margin; very beautiful and unique tiny hosta that forms a striking, tight clump; an offshoot of ‘Baby Bunting’ and will occasionally form all blue-green leaves which should be removed;  needs some sun and does very well in containers; $15   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; $18

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‘Rainforest Sunrise’: 2013 Hosta of the Year; 8″ tall by 15″ wide; 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’; $18  Sold Out

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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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‘Wiggles and Squiggles’: 8″ tall by 10″ wide; dartlike, bright yellow leaves with very wavy margins like ‘Dragon Tails’ but bigger; low, wide habit; best with morning sun; lavender flowers in midsummer; $18  Sold Out

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‘Wrinkle in Time’: newly introduced; 9″ tall by 15″ wide; dark green leaves with creamy yellow margins and a single prominent wave radiating from the base—very unique and elegant!; $18   Sold Out

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HOY is Hosta of the Year (see definition at the beginning).

GIANT HOSTAS:

Blue Angel: 36″ tall by 48″ wide; huge blue leaves, desirable white flowers, shrub-like stature—the best large blue hosta;  $18  Sold Out

.Sum and Substance: 2004 HOY; 36″ tall by 48″ wide; massive slug resistant gold leaves make a statement in our woodland—one of the biggest hostas available, sun tolerant; $18  Sold Out

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LARGE HOSTAS:

Brother Stefan: 2017 HOY; 20″ tall by 36″ wide, thick, heavily puckered leaves, green with gold center, white flowers, spectacular—a favorite at Carolyn’s Shade Gardens; $30  Sold Out

.Hosta GuacamoleGuacamole: 2002 HOY; 22″; tall by 36″ wide; stunning avocado leaves with wide blue-green edge, fragrant flowers; $20  Sold Out

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Liberty: 2012 HOY; 26″ tall by 40″ wide; narrow blue-green center with striking, wide, bright yellow margins, excellent vase-shaped habit; $30  Sold Out

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Patriot: The original HOY in 1997; 22″ tall by 30″ wide; dark green leaves with wide, crisp, very white margins—a standout; $15  Sold Out

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Sagae: 2000 HOY; 28″ tall by 38-50″ wide; frosted blue leaves with creamy yellow margins, fragrant white flowers, distinctive and elegant vase-shaped habit; $20  Sold Out

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MEDIUM HOSTAS:

Autumn Frost: 12″tall by 24″wide; an improved version of ‘First Frost’ with icy blue leaves and very wide yellow margins; photo Walters Gardens; $30  Sold Out

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Halycon: 18″ tall by 28″ wide; elegant sturdy blue leaves—the best blue of any hosta; versatile smaller size; $15  Sold Out

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June: 2001 HOY; 15″ tall by 20″ wide; gorgeous thick gold leaves with blue and green margins; $20  Sold Out

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Praying Hands: 2011 HOY; 18″ tall by 18″ wide; narrow, green, twisted, and completely vertical leaves like a pitcher plant, excellent container specimen; $18  Sold Out

Stained Glass: 2006 HOY;15″ tall by 30″ wide; glossy gold leaves with green margins, fragrant white flowers; looks great in the fall; $18  Sold Out

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Sunset Grooves: 16″ tall by 25″ wide; round, puckered, cupped leaves with wide green margins, white flowers, may be even better than its parent ‘Rainforest Sunrise’; $20   Sold Out

Instructions for Ordering are at the beginning of the catalogue.

 

 

 

 

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