Hosta XI / Plantain Lily

hostachantillylace (291x300)Hosta ‘Chantilly Lace’ (Lachman 1988) – This cross of ‘Calypso’ and ‘Halcyon’ features blue-green leaves with pale yellow margins that fade to a creamy-white. The foliage is tapered and lightly veined, eventually forming a dense crown. White flowers are borne on 12″ tall scapes from mid to late summer. Grows 12″ tall by 18″ wide. Hardy to zone 3.

hostabluehawaii (295x300)Hosta ‘Blue Hawaii’ (Petryyszyn 1999) – A large Hosta cultivar that was created by crossing ‘Bengee’, ‘Sagae’ and ‘Tokudama Aureonebulosa’. It remains a true blue colour when grown in the shade and is reasonably slug resistant. Pale lavender to white flowers are also produced in midsummer. Grows to 30″ tall by 42″ wide. Hardy to zone 3.

hostagoldedger (300x297)Hosta ‘Gold Edger’ (Aden 1978) – A compact Hosta cultivar with heart-shaped greenish-gold foliage that makes a good groundcover. It bears bell-shaped pale lavender blooms (on 14″ tall scapes) in midsummer. ‘Gold Edger’ is reasonably slug resistant and also tolerates some sun. Great in small containers. Grows 8″ tall by 18″ wide. Hardy to zone 3.

hostablueboy (300x292)Hosta ‘Blue Boy’ (Stone 1986) – A small to medium-sized Hosta with new growth that is powder blue, shifting to a bluish-green in summer. It is a vigorous grower and suitable for use as a groundcover. Pale lavender flowers are borne on 22″ tall scapes in July. ‘Blue Boy’ is a H. sieboldiana x H. nakaiana hybrid. Grows 14″ high by 30″ wide. Hardy to zone 3.

hostaginkocraig (300x296)Hosta ‘Ginko Craig’ (Craig / Summers 1986) – A smaller cultivar which tolerates morning sun and has distinct tapered mid green leaves with clear white margins (and some streaking), with mature foliage getting broader. The dark lavender flowers are borne in late summer making this a good choice for containers. Grows 14″ high by 32″ wide. Hardy to zone 3.

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