#1. 'Sara' - new spring 2006. My younger daughter's name. This one is larger than I bargained for when I bought it (was divided in 2011), but it's an attractive green that gets progressively more yellow or chartreuse as the season progresses.
#2. 'September Sun' - new September 2005. A large, fertile hosta. Similar to 'Paul's Glory, but different too - I have them side by side. This one is not easy to divide. I'd do it in the autumn and cut the crown apart.
#3. 'Silver Threads and Golden Needles' - new spring 2010. Officially a mini, though I've never thought of mine as such. However, it is a small mound. This was a bonus plant that turned out to be welcome because an earlier division was destroyed a couple of years ago after I discovered foliar nematodes in it.
#4. 'Sitting Pretty' - new spring 2007. This one took until 2011 to develop a second eye. Very pretty, though when I removed leaves for a show last week, away from the plant I couldn't tell the leaves apart from 'Cherry Berry' leaves. However, it seems to be tougher than CB, does not have red scapes, blooms earlier but grows more slowly.
#5. 'Snow Mouse' - new Summer 2010. Already showing signs of reverting to solid blue.
#1. 'Stealth' - new spring 2009. Was sent to me accidentally as 'Lakeside Mom' though I was warned to watch it and the proper plant was sent to me as soon as it was confirmed that an error had been made. It WAS streaked, but seems to have settled into a humdrum margined plant which is much affected by bugs. Likely not long for my garden.
#2. 'Stiletto' - new August 2009. Given to me by a friend and it has grown well.
#3. 'Summer Breeze' - new spring 2003. A lovely spot of colour in the garden. This one has grown well, but is not huge. Hard to believe that it's a sport of 'Summer Music' which follows though the colour is much like another sport, 'Last Dance'. LD, however, is smaller and the texture of the leaf is different.
#4. 'Summer Music' - new Summer 2005. A really slow grower for me.
#1. 'Summer Snow' - new June 2010. reputed to be difficult to grow well and mine seems smaller than last year.
#2. 'Sun Power' - new September 2005. Was divided in spring 2011 and has not regained its full size yet.
#3. 'Surprised By Joy' - new spring 2005. A lovely mini, but slugs like it.
#4. 'Sweet Innocence' - new spring 2007. Supposed to be an "improved" version of 'Fragrant Bouquet'. NOT
Mine has simply not grown. I just dug it up, divided its 4 eyes into 3 divisions and replanted in my nursery bed, replacing it with 'Mango Tango' which is brand new.
'Small Sum' was planted in this bed in 2010. I'm moving it next spring because it is reaching for more light. I bought this one because I didn't want to dedicate a lot of garden space to 'Sum and Substance'. 'Small Sum' is supposed to grow 17" high and 40" wide.
Sleeping Beauty and FF look basically the same, except in the Spring- they have different colored edges then. Also, even in full shade, SB's edges will lighten up by mid summer. My FF never quite loses that yellow tinge to the edges
1. Sea Gulf Stream- gorgeous color, deep veins
2. Spartacus- sport of Sea Gulf Stream. Growing pretty well for me- bought as one young eye in 2010
3. Spring Fling- Loving this one this year. I have it in a tall pot that gets no winter protection and it seems to do fine with that
4. Silver Moon- Third year, liking this a lot. Not too deeply cupped, and fast growth.
I'm really drawn to the rippled hostas. "Sea Gulf Stream' and 'Sparticus' are on my to purchase list if I develop more room. I also like the fresh bue look of 'Silver Moon'. There aren't too many blue cupped ones, are there? Noreaster have you seen 'Lakeside Cindy Cee'? It's another rippled one I like.
#1. 'Sagae' - added spring 2009. Bought as a teeny tiny baby in a 4-inch pot. Now becoming a monster and bigger than all the other hostas in this bed. Fast grower with strong, upright form. Pic 7/4/2012
#2. 'Sleeping Beauty' - added spring 2011. Impulse buy at the nursery. Often called out as a lookalike for El Nino and First Frost, but so far I find it different from the other two. I guess we'll see how they compare as they mature. Very sad the bunny attacked it this year and chewed off several leaves =( Pic 7/4/2012
#3. 'Sugar and Spice' - new this spring 2012. One I've considered buying for a few years now. I like the shiny leaves. Pic 7/4/2012
#4. 'Sum and Substance' - came with the house, so pre-dates 2008. One of those oldies that looks great. This is the larger one and situated in more shade. Often gets bombarded with oak tree debris and has a few holes or broken leaves. Pic 7/4/2012
#5. 'Sum and Substance' - came with the house, so pre-dates 2008. This is the smaller one that was planted in mostly sun. A rose bush buried in the ivy behind it has suddenly become Godzilla, so this one has a little protection from the sun this year. Pic 7/4/2012