Hosta VI / Plantain Lily

hostamarmalade (300x298)Hosta ‘Orange Marmalade’ (Solberg 2003) – This sport of ‘Paul’s Glory’ actually features golden-yellow (with some amber hints) inset variegation in spring, that fades to a creamy-yellow to near white by the end of summer – the margins remain deep green. It bears pale lavender flowers (about 2″ long) on tall scapes in July. Grows 18-20″ high by 32-36″ wide. Hardy to zone 3.

hostaabiquadrinkinggourd (296x300)Hosta ‘Abiqua Drinking Gourd’ (Walden-West 1989) – The deeply veined, cupped (up to 3″ deep, holds rainwater) bluish-green leaves of ‘Abiqua Drinking Gourd’ are its main appeal, although its slug resistance is another bonus. It is a cross of ‘Tokudama’ and H. sieboldiana which bears white blooms on 22″ scapes in early summer. Grows 18″ high by 36″ wide. Hardy to zone 3.

hostawhirlwind (294x300)Hosta ‘Whirlwind’ (Kulpa 1989) – ‘Whirlwind’ has a unique form among Hosta, as the slightly twisted leaves point upwards and are held in a dense wavy mound, giving the feeling of movement. Individual leaves are dark green with pale yellow and lime central accents, with the latter fading through summer. Lavender blooms in midsummer. Grows 20″ high by 36-40″ wide. Zone 3.

hostaliberty (299x300)Hosta ‘Liberty’ (Machen 2000) – This sport of Hosta ‘Sagae’ has deeply ribbed bluish-green leaves with a broader gold margin than its parent plant. The new foliage is bluer in colour and greens-up through summer, while the margins fade to a creamy-white. ‘Liberty’ produces lavender flowers on 40″ tall stems from early summer. Grows 24-26″ high by 36-40″ wide. Zone 3.

hostalakesidecupcake (300x285)Hosta ‘Lakeside Cupcake’ (Chastain 1998) – This dwarf Hosta is ideal for edging shady borders or planting in smaller containers. It features rounded bluish-green leaves (that taper to a point) with irregular gold centers that fade to pale yellow. ‘Lakeside Cupcake’ produces pale lavender to near white flowers in midsummer. Grows 5-8″ high by 12-15″ wide. Hardy to zone 3.

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One Response to Hosta VI / Plantain Lily

  1. sunnyjmin says:

    I love hosta. I planted some in some containers, even though I’d love to have it in the ground (well, I’d love to have a ground to plaint it in). Hosta reminds me of my mom – she used to have it planted all over. I always enjoyed the giant flowers that would bloom…only at certain times during the summer.


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