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Variety and interest for your shade garden!

Hosta Red October

Roy Herold/AHS/Walek 2009

Striking dark red petioles hold lance shaped very dark green/blue leaves. Leaves are 8” x 4” and somewhat erect. The red blends into the leaf blades and also spreads up the scapes. The glaucous leaves are silver white on the underside.

The name is perfect for it. Red petioles, and it blooms in October. It has a very heavy bloom with lavender flowers on a 1.5 foot scape, and at a time when many of the others are already starting to go dormant. Red October is one of the very last to go dormant too, so it’s perfect for the far north.


Hosta Radiant Edger

By Zilis – 1990

Hosta Radiant Edger and Little Wonder

Hosta Radiant Edger and Little Wonder

This small hosta is a sport of Gold Edger. A small, cute fast growing hosta; Radiant Edger has round green leaves with a wide gold margin that will streak to the center a little bit. It forms a nice mound gradually spreading to a patch, never getting more than 10 to 12 inches with 22 inch scapes bearing lavender flowers. This hosta will produce more quickly given a little sun. Though not tall the clumps can reach 30” wide.  Excellent form and color contrast make it a nice one to mass plant.


Hosta Queen Josaphine

By Kuk – 1991

Hosta Blue Cadet, Krossa Regal, Fire Island and Queen Josephine

Hosta Blue Cadet, Krossa Regal, Fire Island and Queen Josephine

Queen Josephine is a sport of Josephine and her stand out feature is her beautiful shinny dark green leaves with bright lemon yellow margins; so glossy that they look wet. The plant is medium sized topping out at around 2 ½ feet wide and it’s loose vase shaped form reaches a little over 1 ½ feet tall.  This medium fast grower waits till August to send up lavender flowers on 33” scapes.


Hosta Praying Hands

G. Williams 1996

Praying hands

Praying hands

One of the most unusual hosta around; extremely long, rippled dark green leaves have a waxy shine and a very thin yellow margin. The leaves are held straight upright and are folded and wavy, giving a twisted appearance.

These will never be mistaken for another hosta and they look interesting placed among the mounding hostas.

Light lavender flowers will appear midsummer. Amazing!

Each small 18″ wide clump resembles many hands folded in prayer.


Hosta Platinum Tiara

By Walters Gardens – 1987

A gorgeous, unique hosta; Platinum Tiara has small (4 x4”), round, chartreuse leaves with a white margin that most often is a narrow, ribbon but is variable with some streaking. It won the 1989 Eldren Minks Distinguished Merit Award. Subtly striped lavender flowers appear in June and July on 2 foot scapes.  This is a stable sport of Golden Tiara that is the color of Golden Scepter; spreads a little and is vigorous for such a light hosta.


Hosta Pineapple Upsidedown Cake

Mark Zilis/Bob Solberg 1999

This sport of H.’Pineapple Poll’ is a medium clump of long lance-shaped (4” x 10”) leaves and is wonderfully variegated.

The leaf emerges with a gold green center and a darker green margin and then depending on what kind of light it is in and progressing as the seasons change, it turns more gold and eventually near white. The leaves are ruffled and have very heavy substance.

The rapidly growing clump can be 2.5 feet wide, but is mounding rather than tall so it could be placed closer to the front.

Light lavender flowers appear in late July.

You gotta love the name.


Hosta Pilgrim

By Rasmussen/Malloy – 1997

Thought to be a sport of Flamboyant, Pilgrim is a fast growing front of the border, small to medium sized hosta at 20 inches wide by 8 tall. The grey green leaves have a wide golden margin that turns white as the leaves age. The leaves are ribbed, a little wavy and a little cupped. Flowers are lavender. I have given this as a gift with “Elvis lives” to lovers of “the King”.


Hosta Paul’s Glory

Paul Hofer/Pete Ruh 1987

Paul’s Glory is a mutation from H. ‘Perry’s True Blue’; from the sieboldiana line.

The large brilliant gold centered, heart shaped leaves have a ½” blue margin and are nicely puckered when mature. The centers turn white as the season progresses. The 7” x 5” leaves have 8 veins and the heavy substance helps them stand up to slugs.

Paul’s Glory holds its lovely variegated color all season although the colors do seem to change with the seasons and also depending on what light you have it in. So much so that at times it can look like 2 different hostas.

The lavender flowers, starting in June, also seem to change and can sometimes be near white. A Mature clump can be 2.5 feet by 1.5 tall with 2 foot scapes.

Give this one a prominent spot so it can grab attention. It will tolerate a little morning sun.

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Hosta Paradigm

By Walden/West – 1999

Hosta of the year in 2007; this beauty really is a good example of a model perennial.  ‘Paradigm’ comes from the Greek word paradeigma, which means “pattern”, “example” or “model.”  It also won the Alex Summers Award in 2010.  A large hosta at 20” with 2 foot scapes it is a bright gold with blue margins and can spread to 3 feet wide when mature. It is a sport of Abiqua Recluse (H. White Vision x Sum and Substance). The glossy leaves intensify in color as the season goes on and it is moderately corrugated with really heavy substance. A wonderful specimen it is topped with lavender flowers in midsummer.


Hosta Minuet Man

John Machen 1994

Hosta Minuet Man

Hosta Minuet Man

‘Minuteman’ is a ‘Francee’ sport. It is different from, but similar to ‘Patriot’.

The leaves are a little rounder and more cupped. They can be a little wavy and rippled. The leaves are broadly ovate with a rounded base and have good heavy substance. They are slightly shiny on top and dull grey below.

The size is 24 x 12″ with 18-30″ scapes. The color is very dark green with a smooth wide creamy-white margin.

The flowers appear in July and are tubular, pale lavender, and striped.


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