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Lake Toxaway, NC(Zone 7a)

I have a lot of shade and also steep small gardening spaces. I need a smallish
blue hosta for a rock garden. Any advice?

Ottawa, Canada

Two blue hostas that come to mind that have remained small in my garden are 'Blue Jay' and 'Dorset Blue'. I think 'Blue Wedgewood' is also a lovely blue but probably a bit bigger at maturity than the other two.

Oquawka, IL(Zone 5a)

Indigo is a pretty little blue one.

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Maine, United States(Zone 5b)

That is pretty, Rose.

I picked up 'Gemstone' last year. Don't know much about it- mature size,etc, but it multiplied well and is catching my eye out in the garden.

Also Blue Mouse Ears would be good in a rock garden.

Here is Gemstone.

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Royal Oak, MI(Zone 6a)

How "smallish" do you need?

Blue Mouse Ears is a very sturdy little hosta and would probably do well in a rock garden. I have mine planted in poor soil directly next to a driveway and large oak tree, where it holds its own. Behind it, I also have Fragrant Blue (to the left) and Blue Cadet (to the right). They both small verging on medium hostas. Of these three, Fragrant Blue is the largest but stays blue the longest.

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Royal Oak, MI(Zone 6a)

Norester, I love how smooth Gemstone looks!

Rose, the library shows Indigo to have a powder blue like Fragrant Blue and Halcyon. How well does it hold the color?

Ottawa, Canada

I agree, 'Indigo' and 'Gemstone' are lovely hostas which I added to my garden last year. In my garden they are a deeper shade of blue than 'Blue Jay' and 'Dorset Blue'. I love 'Blue Mouse Ears'.

Lake Toxaway, NC(Zone 7a)

oh, such beautiful choices. i guess i am looking for a size closer to medium than dwarf but i am entranced by gemstone. i also really like fragrant blue. i will have to look up indigo blue.
i wonder if there is a varigated or at least a picotee one?
thanks so much for the great suggestions so soon.

Ottawa, Canada

If you're looking for a variegated blue, have a look at 'Aristocrat', 'High Society' and 'Touch of Class'. I'll try to take pictures later as it's raining right now.

Ottawa, Canada

After the rain,

1) Blue Jay
2) Dorset Blue still unfurling
3) Blue Wedgwood
4) Aristocrat
5) High Society

I don't seem to be able to post multiple pictures . Only 'High Society' came through.

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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

or 'Frosted Dimples' - lovely powder blue with a yellow margin.

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Ottawa, Canada

'Blue Jay'

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Ottawa, Canada

'Blue Wedgwood'

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Ottawa, Canada

'Dorset Blue hasn't quite opened up yet

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Ottawa, Canada

MY 'Indigo' WAS lovely but got trampled on. Here's 'Gemstone'.

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Ottawa, Canada

'Blue Mouse Ears' has filled in nicely.

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Oquawka, IL(Zone 5a)

How about 'Blue Ivory'? Mine isn't getting very big, but it is pretty!

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Ottawa, Canada

Here's 'Touch of Class' still unfurling. Love 'Blue Ivory' and 'Sleeping Beauty' too, which is similar. Can't go wrong with 'El Nino' either.

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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

Where's the "like" button?

I guess it goes back to the definition of SMALL.

'Blue Ice' really is small

I never thought of 'Blue Wedgwood' (sorry, the phone rang and then I clicked on the wrong thing) as small.

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Ottawa, Canada

Yep, ViolaAnn get us back on track. We are getting carried away. Maybe 'Touch of Class', 'Sleeping Beauty' would be classified as mediums. My SB is still a small size. Woodspirit should really research the hostas she likes so that she gets no surprises re size. I remember having to move 'Frances Williams' because I planted three of them in a small area.

Oquawka, IL(Zone 5a)

Eleven,

I just got Indigo last year, so I don't know how long it will be blue. Mine is in deep shade, so hopefully it will be blue for a while! I think the pine needles exaggerate the blue.

Rose

Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

More. Had to gather up a whole trunkful of plants and get them off the the Ottawa Hort. Society auction and sale.

Here's 'Baby Bunting' definitely blue and small.

'Blue Cadet' is a bit bigger, grows fast and makes a good edger.

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Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

I just quickly scrolled this thread... I LOVE Aristocrat. I have a gorgeous one at home, but i also would not consider it "small"
when i think small... I think Mouse Ears.

I have a nice Blue Arrow, and again -- do not consider it small. it's at least 18" across.

Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

Wish I'd get my act together and click on the right spots. Didn't mean to send that so soon.

I'm not posting a pic of 'Blue Ivory' but I wonder whether it will eventually get a little big for "small".

#1 Here's 'Blue Mouse Ears'

#2 I really like 'Deja Blu' but it might be a little large too. Variegated but with GREEN margins.

#3 Again, likely too large, but I love 'First Frost' with its yellow margins early in the season though mine never really turned white last year.

#4 'Full Moon' is a small, very blue hosta.

#5 And if you can tolerate a yellow/white leaf centre, 'High Society' is really pretty and not large.

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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

Another - 'Salute' - gets a bit more upright, but is not large.

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Wyoming, MN

Not sure what size at maturity, but Kiwi Blue Baby is a beautiful blue and slow growing.
Ann I like that Frosted Dimples

Gary




Oviedo, FL(Zone 9b)

I have a lovely mound of Blue Cadet which will become a border later this year. I started with one plant a few years ago and have taken some divisions from the edge and still have a gorgeous mound of hosta. This isn't the most close-up picture of it but you can see the lovely mound shape. the BC is at the right hand of the picture at the corner of the house. The other plants that are in bed with it are all blue flowered. I took this picture Saturday afternoon.
Martha

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Portsmouth, VA(Zone 8a)

Here are some of my Blues. Halcyon is small, slow grower, yet listed as large. The rest are medium sized.

1- Touch of Class
2-Blue Sophistication
3- El Nino
4-Halcyon

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Ottawa, Canada

Eleven, 'Indigo' retains its blue like 'Halcyon' for me.

Virginiarose my 'Halcyon' is large. Behind 'June' in this pic.

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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

My 'Halcyon' is not large, never has been, nor has it been a fast grower, but it's larger than those shown above.

Portsmouth, VA(Zone 8a)

Ann, I saw it was listed as large but has been a very slow grower for me also.

Love yours irawon, very pretty. Does it get any sun besides what I see in the picture?

Ottawa, Canada

Virginiarose, it's been in that spot for many years and was divided once. You can see a bit of the second division beyond the tree trunk. It gets mostly late afternoon sun now. I will try to get a picture of the second division for you later this afternoon. It's a bit too sunny right now.

Portsmouth, VA(Zone 8a)

Ok, sounds good. Mine just get a little morning sun. They almost died last year, not enough water so I put them into the nursery bed to nurse them back to health. They are almost 3 years old, I bought the one year plants in fall of 2010.

Lake Toxaway, NC(Zone 7a)

wow, a lot to consider. I have at least 8 to look up. i can't thank you all for going to so much trouble. we have at least 2 or 3 places we can use hostas and I don't hav a blue. I must admit that I am drawn to the varigated. On the research........

Maine, United States(Zone 5b)

How about Blue Sliver (badly named- the leaves were only sliver shaped when it was very young....I've also seen it listed as Blue Silver some places). Next door is High Society. I think these are my first hosta to touch each other....I have to move one! These are both five years old, started as one or two eyes each.

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Ottawa, Canada

Lovely hostas, Noreaster. I've never heard of that blue.

Virginiarose, here's that picture of 'Halcyon' I promised. I placed a 12" ruler on top. The plant is about 2' wide and just a bit over a foot tall.

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Ottawa, Canada

Here's the photo with ruler on top. Dang it, I don't know how you people are posting multiple pictures.

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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

I tried for a long time to find 'Blue Sliver' and finally gave up. It looks a lot like 'Salute'; so I didn't miss much.

Portsmouth, VA(Zone 8a)

Thanks very much irawon, I remembered I had some problem with these last year and I had to move them back to nursery, they are doing good now, got some buds and hoping for some good growth this year.

About your problem with the 'Multiple Pictures' I had that problem also and I contacted the Administration and they said my pictures were too large. So now I resize everything before posting on DG. If you only do one or two at a time its ok, it will accept it.

Virginia Beach, VA

My halcyon is fast grower but i consider the leaf medium size.

Bellie

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