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I thought a lot last evening about if I had to choose just one hosta to grow what would it be. I couldn't choose just one but narrowed it down to 2...Great Expectations and Liberty. I grow 5 GEs and 3 L. What would you choose? Here are some of my two favorites. Here is GE
Are you kidding, Paul? You're having a bit of fun here! To me this question is like asking a human being to choose between oxygen and water. Anyway, if I had to answer I would choose "Liberty' because GE takes so much longer to deliver on its promise. In return I would like you to answer, which hosta you would buy if the choice were between 'Climax' and 'Satisfaction'.
Great pics. But I'm with irawon. I have one Great Expectations, have never divided it and it's still not a huge plant. Very nice, yes, but not overly large. While my Liberty is in it's 3rd year and is already attracting attention. Will get some new pics tomorrow, I hope. Just got back from 4 days out of town.
Rose, your reply is really apropos to my experience today at a local nursery while trying to decide which hostas to pick for my new hosta bed. I didn't buy 'London Fog' because it has so little green colouring and because the price tag for an experimental specimen in my garden would not have been objectively prudent. Have you had "London Fog' for long? Your zone is the same as mine.
irawon...I do not grow Climax and just planted a small Satisfaction last fall so it is to small to judge. I like the pictures of both but would probably choose Satisfaction again. In one of the more recent AHS Journals there was an article which called a garden with many variegated hostas a 'convention of clowns" and in general suggested a garden with many solid colored plants and just a few variegated as accent plants was superior. I guess I am not politically correct as I have very few solid hosta. I like them fine but give me a choice and I will take variegation any time. I will never have as good taste as the editor of the journal but I plant to please one person, me. Visitors seem to like the garden also.
I can't choose. It's too hard. Every time I go out in the yard, one hosta will catch my attention as being "the one" - but it's never the same one every time.
My very first hosta up every year that comes up and is big weeks before the others is my favorite for the first month of hosta season - it's Clifford's Forest Fire. Then my attention turns to my huge 2 NOID blues, and Landfall (NR). Then it's on to Ghost Spirit and Golden Meadows for their amazing coloring. And finally Dick Ward because it stays so bright all summer long. But I have so many hostas that have hit that magical fourth summer now that every day there is something new that I say is my favorite.
gumlla...thanks so much for posting pictures of your wonderful hosta. Several are among my favorites also. I think the one you called Queen Jaquline looks like my Queen Josephine. Viola Ann...I've always wanted Jewel of the Nile but haven't got it yet. Maybe next spring.
I don't know this year my Parhelion has really caught my eye. It has grown so much over the winter! I think it doubled the size. Just love the size and color. Really reminds me a lot of my Solar Eclipse. (like that one too. But I also have a sagae (just found out last year the name) Love that one too. Oh! Thats right only one... two... three!
Jewel of the Nile and Snake Eyes. Jewel of the Nile is growing in some sun and has gone from small to huge in two years. I don't see any sports on it. Here is a picture of Snake Eyes, a sport of Strip Tease.
I'll see her next Sunday as I've agreed to be one of the volunteers at her garden but if she's been into town, it's been the west end only. Her one trip out this way, she didn't manage to get by to get the 2 plants I have for her.
interesting thread - paul my tastes are similiar - spring time orange marmalade is my favorite until it fades - then liberty - great expectations is not that large here yet - i also like the var. hosta - although a good blue like mohegan is nice too.
of couse as i wander the yard i will see touch of class or kiwi full monty and think they are a favorite - there too are many:)
Fickle Blue Genes has a new eye this year, but it's doing some weird stuff! The new eye is the one in front with a lot of cream in it. It's pretty so I hope it makes it. Should I divide it and see what happens, or just leave it alone?
We lost our Coon hound "cracker" a few months back. She was my baby. I still miss her everyday, so I really want 'cracker crumbs' and that would be all the hosta I need. But for now I really love my 'patriot' and 'lakeside cupcake' :)
here's a picture of the patriot
I'll have to get a picture tomorrow of the "convention of clowns" I'm hosting. Mentioned hostas plus diervilla cool splash honeysuckle. LOL I'm a sucker for anything variegated. :)
Outlaw - I'm sorry for the loss of your coon hound. If there weren't an International border between us I'd happily send you a whole clump of 'Cracker Crumbs' as I've got about a zillion of them. I hope you are successful in finding one.
Interesting that you like 'Lakeside Cupcake'. Mine still has just one eye after about 6 years (albeit huge leaves). I'm not so sure it will be in my garden next year.
I enjoy Patriot, but this year it has developed some drawstring because we've had so much rain.
I think I will nominate White Christmas as my choice for the day. Tomorrow it would be a different one.
Thank you Vi! I just added it to my new garden. I guess it's about the coloration and leaf shape for me right now. And like you said, I will probably answer different tomorrow. :)
Here's a picture of my variegated clown carnival!
(From left to right: unknown lacecap hydrangea, Lakeside cupcake, cool splash diervilla, and patriot)
I have a love/hate relationship with this question. It's impossible to choose just one. I guess that's why I've avoided answering for so long. :P
But I got to thinking about it, and let's say, gods forbid, that I was moving and could only take one hosta with me. In that case, it would be 'Sagae,' because it's my biggest and it's a glorious hosta to behold.
But I'd curse whatever bad luck wouldn't let me take 'June' and 'Regal Splendor' and 'Twilight' (an older one, but still one of my underrated lovelies) and 'Rainforest Sunrise' and 'Rainbow's End' and...
That's a nice baby. Count on maybe 4 years. Mine is in its 3rd year in my garden but it was a larger plant to start with. A friend picked it out for me since my closest nursery was sold out and since the difference in price was minimal, she chose a larger plant. I'm very glad she did.
Yes, I love Regal Splenda and I already have one but it's just a baby also. Good to know it grows fast! I like that. I have never thought of putting Thunderbolt on my wish list but after seeing yours, it is on my must have list! Thanks for reminding me because I saw that picture before but it didn't click right then.
I was going to replace the cheep medium hostas next year with large hostas and each Hosta will be different. I should be able to accommodate 5 large hostas down side of house then plant medium and small and some coral bells or something else that likes shade and will give a punch of color. I already have, these are small and I have not made up my mind which ones will go, Elegans , Regal Splenda, El Captain, Formal Attire. Also on order I have Tom Schmid, Krossa Regal. Great Expectations is still on my list because all I have is a plug. I want a big one and now I want Thunderbolt. So that comes out to 8 and I don't know which five will actually be chosen for the landscape project. But for sure they will all end up somewhere!!
This is the nursery, I needed a shady spot to keep the babies till they get big enough to put in the ground. I have no where to keep all those pots plus they dry out and some of the leaves got burnt from the lack of shade on patio. There are 28 more coming!!
Oh Ann I really like Pauls Glory also. The leaves are so pretty and it grows pretty fast. Which is always a plus! I got Pathfinder at a small greenhouse in Kalamazoo. Very clean place and they have a great variety of hosta. Kossa Regal is very nice its upright style. Love it.
By the way Rose, I love your Fickle blue jeans. I had to put that one on my list also!
KaylyRed, Do I need a spell check? Maybe I needed a cup of coffee! lol. :P
ViolaAnn, This is one Hosta I did spend money on. It has beautiful white flowers and I think I bought a three year plant, it was pretty big but not as big as yours. Seeing yours gets me excited for mine to get bigger.
Hosta of the day, ' Dragon's Eye' ! Do you like my new baby??
lol Virginiarose -- Splenda is an artificial sweetener. The hosta is named 'Regal Splendor,' but it sure is sweet!
I love the look of your 'Dragon's Eye'! That's one nice new baby you've got there. I may have to keep my eyes open for that one. I like red petioles. I have 'Red Dragon' which, from your picture, looks similar but the leaves are narrower and the red petioles don't seem as dark to me. The petioles on 'Dragon's Eye' look practically plum. Very cool!
Thank You ladies! I also saw another Hosta with red petioles on Hallsons web site, it was called , 'Red October', I almost bought it till I found out how small it was I wanted something bigger. Check it out if you get a chance the category is ' Hostas with extra color.'
Your snake eyes is big!! i have a snake eyes that is 3 years old but it is a mini from FF. I can not even remember what FF stands for. Rose might know. He does not sell hostas anymore. It was very pricey and was a culture. The owner-- i think Steve let us buy some before he put it on the market.
If you have one please send a picture. I just have enough small stuff. I want to get some big Hostas to go down the side of the house. The ones I have will probably take four years to get big. That's OK, I'm just not buying anymore babies right now, I mean after the 28 that I already ordered. But that is it, I swear! I will just go out once a month and buy a mature plant. How big is your Red October, sometimes the descriptions, at the website is wrong. Remember Frank had a Samuel Blue and he said his was 7ft wide. I was ordering plants from a familiar web site and they had the SB, but in their description they said it gets 25" wide. Way,way off. Don't forget the pic. :)
I was on another Thread earlier and someone had a 'Victory' I looked it up on plant files, I am in love !! 'Victory' is my choice for today, even thought I don;t have one...yet !!
Also, I met another new Hosta named, 'On Stage' it's gorgeous! OH dear, are we allowed to have two choices ? OOOPS.
virginiarose - I think we decided you can have a choice each day. LOL
Kayly - the little guy in the lower left is a single eye division of Grand Tiara. I divided it all and thought I'd put it back into a border, but I'm having second thoughts about the border business as the hostas around it have filled out.
Ah, thanks, Ann! I thought it might be 'Grand Tiara' but couldn't quite tell.
Anyone have 'Luma Moth'? I've looked and looked at that one, thinking that it looks quietly elegant. But I have 'Radiant Edger' (new this year) and they seem similar.
And that 'Grand Marquee' is stunning! That's going on my list. H. montana 'On Stage' has been on it for a while, too. I'm kicking myself for not buying it when I went to Hosta Fest. I was short of cash, but they had glorious, ENORMOUS plants for $30 and $40. I should've taken one. *pout*
viola they do look similar - i thought the same as you - in looking at the picture it looks like GM has a more yellow stripe in the middle where touch of class is a darker green - wonder if the size is different?
'Touch of Class' H. Hansen (ON) Shady Oaks Nursery (I) H. Hansen & Shady Oaks Nursery (R) 1999
Plant: 16 in. (41 cm) diameter, 7 in. (18 cm) high; mound like; slow.
Leaf: 6 in. (14 cm) long, 5 in. (11 cm) wide; 11 pairs of veins; yellow; intensely blue green margin; glaucous bloom on top; glaucous bloom underneath; cordate base; petiole is margin variegated.
Scape: 12 in. (30 cm) long; green.
Flower: bell; Waseca, MN - late period;
Seed: sets pod; blue green seed pod;
[Sport of H. 'June']
'Grand Marquee' M. Laviana (OI) A. Malloy (NR) 2001
Plant: 25 in. (64 cm) diameter, 12 in. (30 cm) high; mound-like; .
Leaf: 6 in. (15 cm) long, 5 in. (11 cm) wide; 11 pairs of veins; creamy white; medium blue green margin; flat; dull on top; dull underneath; lightly flat; broadly ovate; rounded base;
Scape: 15 to 17 in. (38 cm) long; green.
Flower: 2 in. (5.58 cm) long; tubular; Kensington, CT - July 15 to Aug 15;
Seed: sets pod; green seed pod;
Clump History: original sport; 5 yrs old; Kensington, CT;
Notable Characteristics: smaller blue wide edged Tokudama with white center
Seasonal Variation: no
[Sport of H. 'Carder Blue']
thought i would start sharing some of my favorite hosta's - this is mr. watson - it has a cool neon sheen to it right now although kind of hard to capture with a camera. ger. rosanne is to the left and lamb's ear behind
Frank, I love that Band of Gold. It's like a smaller Liberty.
Viola, I also thought Grand Marquee looked similar to Touch of Class. Since I just got Touch of Class as my bonus gift from Hallson's, I'm going to hold off adding anything similar for a while.
Btw, does anyone know how well ToC takes sun? Alex Summers got too much sun last year and looks terrible this year =( I feel so guilty. Just wondering what to move into its place. Also going to move Fire Island into more shade. So far, Paradise Island is taking the sun much better.
That young Band of Gold was planted next to a mature Liberty and was the same height. I also bought a 2 eyed Liberty while I was there. In this pic you can just barely see Band of Gold behind to the right.
Fabulous ViolaAnn, I love that Hosta and I just got my new baby today from Hallson's. I put pictures on a new thread called 'Plants from Hallson's' They are so big and healthy. I need to go pot most of them up because they are too big for the nursery! I'm not complaining. I'm just bragging !! :)
I love my Brother Stefan, too! This is my 3rd year for that one and you are right, ViolaAnn, it is a stunner. I love how you have it near your tree. Really shows off there. I have made that spelling error, too. Sometimes when you type your hands just do what comes naturally - like spelling it the way you are used to seeing it spelled.
LOL - I read somewhere it was developed as a gift for the brother of the person who registered it - hence the spelling. But there are others that are registered with mis-spellings - 'Blue Wedgwood' is registered w/o the second "e". That, I believe, is a simple mistake upon registration, but is still the registered name of the plant.
Then there are things like Teeny-weeny bikini (lower case "w"), Rainforest Sunrise rather than Rain Forest, etc. I only know that because I've got them all on a web site with links to their registration pages if they are registered.
Anyway, for today, here is my pic. This is an unregistered sport of 'Pewterware' given to me by Sanannie (Sandy) a couple of years ago. It's doing really well (better actually than the part she kept; so I may be gifting it back someday). It's showing good growth and if it continues that way, I may divide it next year for security of having more than one of it.
I'm heading out to the garden. Canada Day here, but I'm not going to join the 500,000 people downtown who are trying to see Kate and William, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
[quote="ViolaAnn"]LOL - I read somewhere it was developed as a gift for the brother of the person who registered it - hence the spelling. But there are others that are registered with mis-spellings - 'Blue Wedgwood' is registered w/o the second "e". That, I believe, is a simple mistake upon registration, but is still the registered name of the plant.
Then there are things like Teeny-weeny bikini (lower case "w"), Rainforest Sunrise rather than Rain Forest, etc. I only know that because I've got them all on a web site with links to their registration pages if they are registered.[/quote]
"Wedgwood" is actually the correct spelling for the China, which is what I'm sure the hosta is named for. And you don't capitalize the second word in a hyphenated word like "Teeny-weeny," even in a title. "Rainforest" is also correct; it's a compound word.
LOL...please forgive me, Ann! I'm an editor. It's (in part) what I do for a living. Which is why I annoy people soooo much. *ducks and runs*
EDIT: Oh! Eleven beat me to it (on Wedgwood, at least). Come hang out with me, E, and we can be annoying together. :P
I've done my own share of editing newsletters which is maybe another reason why I pay attention to spellings. Doesn't mean I'll catch all the errors though. There's nothing better to help you find them than to look at the PRINTED copy.
Thanks, Kayly. I've been admiring everyone's pics. So today I choose 'Yellow River' because it hasn't been chosen as a favourite yet. YR is behind blue 'Camelot'. To the right is 'Brother Stefan' and then, 'Montana Aureomarginata'. Between BS and MAM is 'Striptease' (not a good picture). As you can see my bed hasn't filled in yet as the hostas compete with the tree roots. I don't know whether these hostas will ever reach a mature size. I started this bed in 2006.
Where did you find 'Indigo'? It looks like a nice healthy division. Others plants look nice too.
Let's see. Have been out in the garden and haven't thought about my choice for today.
I guess it will be 'Lakeside Mom' Third year in my garden. got a bit muddy in thunder storms as I'm slow in getting mulch this year.
Frank, Clovelly looks a lot like 'Niagara Falls'. I love the vase form hostas. 'Grand Canyon' is a lovely color combination with that blue in behind. Will have to research both those hostas to add to my wish list.
Thanks Frank, I love Sagae, That will be my favorite for today, mine is very small and I will not bore anyone with a picture. I will just refer to your's. ( See Frank's Picture. )
ViolaAnn, That's a real nice Fire Island !
Paul2063, very nice Pandora's Box, Is it my imagination or do Hostas do better with Pine needles. Every Hosta I see with pine needles around is very beautiful, I really think they like the pine needles. I sure don't have any proof but it sure seems that way !!
When we built our house we planted pine trees on the west side for shade. They are big now, provide excellent shade, allow me to grow hosta on the west side of the house, shed needles that I clean up occasionally but the bad thing is they drop pine cones which often make the hosta look a little rough. I think any good mulch helps.
Looks like one of my Midnight Ride's, The self seed and I think they are just the easiest Hosta there ever was, but the one's that come from seed are not true to parent. Great to practice on. I dug up dozens when I moved into this house and threw them into a pile on top of the ground in full sun and three weeks later they were still alive. So I felt sorry for them and planted them. But now I am ready to plant my own Hostas and I will be giving these away. Send a pic of the flower if you can.
Happy 4th of July to those of you in the USA. Here's my pic for today - Ghost Spirit.
Here is Ottawa, it stays white for much of the summer. In more southern areas it will get misty with green much earlier.
These are all very, very beautiful ! I already have Patriot, Minuteman & Loyalist, but they are small. I have added Ghost Spirit & Revolution to my wish list ! Thank you for sharing & Happy 4th of July to you !
I don't see the close up of the leaf, still looking like 'Midnight Ride.'
This thread started May 29,2011, by Paul2063 and he asked if you could only grow one Hosta, what would it be. Then it kinda evolved to choose one instead of grow one, I guess. anything to keep the thread going. I love seeing every bodies Hostas and sure seems like everybody has a lot of them. This thread has helped educate me I know that ! I love all the pictures I get a lot of ideas.
Is that from the Yahoo BnP co-op? What's your experience been with them? I've heard mixed reviews.
I wonder if there's even the slightest chance someone might be selling it at the Midwest Regional Convention this weekend. I'll be there. I really should go out and start prepping a spot for new hostas now. :P
I have ordered about 100 hostas, 600 tulip bulbs and a half dozen amaryillis through the co-op. It's fun and addictive. The ones I listed above are coming from Walters and will be in 3" pots so they are slightly older than the first year tissue cultures. If people buy tissue cultures and expect fully grown out mature plants they will be in for a disappointment. You have to want to take the time to grow them out yourself and give them the TLC they will need to get established. I could never afford to buy this many mature hostas all at once. It would cost a small fortune.
WhooooooHooooo!! I see the quarter. That is fabulous !! I must have one of those. I have seen 'Orange Marmalade' before but never that white. Why is it white ?? I already have it on my wish ! Now I want it more. :)
I ended up giving my 'Orange Marmalade' to my mom to see if she could make anything of it. It came up this year small and weirdly distorted (leaves were...curly). I think I got a dud. I hear it can be a poor grower, but yours apparently didn't get the memo, Paul. :P
Kred I thought someone had said that lots of water early in the season makes for drawstringing in Hosta's. Did I missunderstant what the term meant? My Fire and Ice and Patriot both did that with the first leaves but the newer ones seem fine.
I have OM as well and it hasn't gone white yet, will try to get a photo this evening but the Mosquitos are in full forse here at this time of year and its a wildly flapping time in the garden even with spray on. I think Iv'e eaten more that I've swatted so it's not pleasant at the moment.
AB Ann - have you tried the OFF candle lanterns with the insecticide pad above the candle? I find they work pretty well to slow down the mossies and they've been really fierce in my back yard this year.
VA and Paul. Both your combination plantings with 'Lakeside Shore Master' are gorgeous. I just bought LSM. Paul, could you please name the hostas to the right and left of LSM. I have been trying to find Corydalis Lutea but haven't had any sucess., I guess because it self-seeds so readily.
Here is one that caught my eye when I was taking pictures today - Christmas Pageant. Until this year, it's been kind of a blah addition - but for some reason this year it's looking pretty good. Maybe it needed 4 summers to come into its own...
I bought the start of "Blue Ivory' at a local nursery in 2009. If I have several to choose from I look for the one which is the most distinctive. Perhaps it was a sport. It is slow to increase. I bought 2 'Mighty Mouse' from the same nursery . One has very regular wide lighter borders and is ruffled. On the other some leaves are banded, some are half and half. Could it just be the variation that comes from tissue culture? Let me stress I am no expert on that. I have in my mind that 'Orange Marmalade' is a sport of 'Paul's Glory.' I could be wrong about that but my most mature 'Paul's Glory' in my garden gets mostly late after noon sun and it lightens and brightens as the summer progresses. Two other PG in different areas of the garden to not get as bright. I think it is a matter of the amount of exposure to the sun without burning. Location. I have two 'Regal Splendor'. One is much more up right than the other while the second one has a much wider border. Natural variation?
Yes I agree, The sun seems to have a lot to do with it. I have my new hostas in pots so I can rearrange them till they are getting as much sun as possible with out burning them. I posted a picture of my neighbors 'Liberty' and her's gets afternoon sun. The margins are much whiter than what I see on the forum. Here again is the pic. :) The leaves are a little dried out because it hasn't rained in a while.
My goodness. I've never seen such a white Liberty. I agree the borders on Paul's 'Blue Ivory' are unusually wide. Frank, yours looked good. Mine is in its second year as well, but must have been smaller than yours to start with.
This is MY 'Christmas Pageant' - also in it's 4th year. Much lighter green than yours. Mine struggled a lot in its second year when something ate much of its crown.
This is very beautiful, I'm sorry you've had problems. He is a little small for four years but I definitely see great potential here. Have you tried putting him in a pot? I love upright hostas especially the big ones. Can you show me any more before I make a decision about what I want for my background. I have Krossa Regal, Saga, Queen of the sea, Komodo Dragon, Great Expectations, Grand Canyon and Abiqua Moonbeam, Montana, Elegans, Liberty, Tom Schmid, On Stage, Blue Hawaii, Regal Splendor and Thunderbolt. ( These are my wish list )
Can you think of any more large upright Hostas that I should consider. ( I have a couple of these plants already but they are just liners, I want to buy four or five three year plants to get started on the background plants.
He's doing quite well now and last year too. Was in a pot his first year and I don't know what happened to his crown the second year, but with TLC he's coming back. But the colour of green is not as dark as yours.
Paul - this thread is getting very long and it's pic heavy and takes awhile to load for me with hi-speed lite. Probably impossible if there is still anyone with dial-up. Maybe we should go into section 2 of the thread.
VirginiaAnn: My Christmas Pageant is in a pretty shady spot. Maybe that's the reason it's dark. It gets only a few hours of very early light.
Virginiarose: I would add Sagae and / or Arc de Triomphe to your list. Also I love my Clifford's Forest Fire. It's that same shape but different coloring. I posted a pic of it in the giant hosts thread yesterday. I get lots of complements on it and it is up and beautiful weeks before anything else even appears. Lakeside Ripples is also a nice upright in a nice green with ruffled edges that is very bug/slug resistant.
Ann has suggested and I agree that this thread is getting very long and suggested we start a new one. I'm starting "If you could choose just one #2". One good reason for this is that many hosta continue to change all summer and pictures taken now may differ a lot from ones taken in May. Hope this is a good idea. we will see.