I realize everyone's favorite may change on a weekly basis. But, do you have an absolutely favorite hosta (this week?)? What is it? Do you have it in your garden, or is it on your wish list?
I love the big, tall gold/chartreuse ones. The brightest hosta in my garden is Daybreak. I love it! It's on a dark, shady hill and first thing in the morning I can see it from all my backyard windows clear on the other side of the yard.
Hi BlondE,think today mine is "Pitty Pat" Since I'm thinking of going into miniatures lately but still love my dependable ole August Moon,lol' My fav so far is "Fire and Ice" guess it's fairly new' Don't expect to have it for awhile though,too $$$ for me. See ya,Sis'
Gee BlondeE...You always ask the hardest questions!!! I think today my favorite would be Abba Dabba Do. It is still in such good shape with hardly any damage to the leaves. Dark green with good yellow edging. On the other hand, Sun Power (from which Abba Dabba Do sported) is one of my worst looking ones. I think I have it in too much sun. I'm looking for a shadier spot for it...
I don't have that many, and most are new (less than 3yrs old)Great Expectation sure looks the best, had them in for 2 full seasons now. Out of the new ones, Summer Breeze sure is showing promise. Its a pretty one for sure. If it fills out, I know it will be beautiful.
Just one? You want me to pick just one? That's like asking which ONE of my children is the best. I can't do that. But, ok, if I HAD to, it would be Ventricosa, no, wait, Satin Beauty, oh...well, perhaps it's Krossa Regal. No, it's definately...uggghhhhh. Forget it. I love them all.
Yes, I agree that this is like picking a favorite child, but I always have to go look at Big Daddy and smile that it is so lovely.
Well, since I posted this eight years ago, my loves have changed. It's now a toss-up between June and Pauls Glory and Liberty and Guacamole and...and...and! Needless to say,I've acquired a lot of hostas since my original post!
Hi Starzz -- I'll have to find your post. I don't have any blonde elf hostas, but will have to get some! I love their color. I sorta picked my nickname on the spur of the moment when I registered, not because I had a lot of BE hostas. But, that will have to change next year!
I agree that my Guacamole and Abba Dabba Do look as good today as they did in May. Lots of mine have gone dormant very quickly -- we had a couple days of cold rain which may have contributed to this. And, Sis, August Moon is in my Top 10. (*~*)
I just got the hosta blonde elf a couple of weeks ago at a big nursery in Missouri. This poor baby was all crammed into a quart pot. I got it home and spread it out and still potted up one little leftover. This little guy sure makes an adorable mound. Mind you--this was $8 and look at it! Once I gave it some room, it has really opened up and showed itself.
Well I have only two hostas that have presently leafed out. Chinese Sunrise and Moonstruck. Of those two, I think Moonstruck is the favourite - at least until the leaves melt out. But I moved it yesterday. Maybe this year it will do better. As to what my favourite is of all my Hostas, they've been to bed so long, I really can't say.
I put Orange Marmalade on my list to buy this fall when Plant Delights Nursery has their open house. I saw it there for the first time last year, and Rosethyme is right, it really is a standout and orange not gold.
Orange Marmalade as well as St Elmos fire are certainly nice hosta. I have both. Their strongest point however is the coloration that is of a short duration at the begining of the season. I tend to think any favorite to me would be something that stands out all season long. It would also have to have strong substance good mounding and large size. Based on that I would pick Sagae and Blue Angel. But like Jody I beleive there are to many to really pick a favorite. I have a perchant for large and giant hosta but I like the others as well.
Postmandug, if you could get a close up of the leaves for us, and post them in a separate thread, then we might be able to give you an idea if there are any problems with it. Even the best nurseries these days have hostas that may have the virus, except for those that specialize in hosta, and test for it, so don't feel bad if it happens to have a problem. I don't think any of us have escaped it.
I too, love Orange marmalade, but as common as it is, I find June hard to beat. Carnival, Stained Glass and Pineapple upside down cake might round out my top five. BTW, Stained Glass is definitely an improvement over its parent, Guacamole. Here is a pic
If I were you I would print out the info from the first link and take it back to the nursery where you purchased it. Many nurseries just aren't away of it and don't realize they are selling infected plants. I would hate for you to have your other hosta get infected too.
Let us know if we can give you more info or be of more help.
I would have to agree that your Striptease is virused, postmandug. It's such a shame, but that dark green bleeding along the veins on a lighter background is a prominent symptom. I think most of us that have purchased hosta since 2000 have had a brush with HVX. I had two funky Krossa Regal that I pitched and I'm watching a Paradise Joyce as it apparently has a high incidence of HVX. Oh well, at least we consumers are more aware of it the past couple of years and because of forums like this we are learning more about it and how to prevent it. Last year I saw a few sick Golden Tiara and reported it to the management of the nursery. Thankfully they took it seriously. Most of them do, because the problem stems from the growers.
As for my favourite hosta... Liberty and Niagara Falls were standouts last year. Oh yeah and Gunsmoke and Yellow River were awesome. My hostas are still unfurling ... I wonder which ones will Wow me this year.
I just planted 2 that I got from Van Bourgedien (sp???). I got them buy 1 get 1 free and with 50% off. A sketchy GW vendor but everything I got looks great, came on time and eneded up being cheap, cheap! I also have White Wall Tires and Grey Ghost which, like White Feather, start white. This is my first season watching them start from scratch and it is FUN!
postmandug - I think several of us agree that you've had the misfortune to purchase a diseased plant. That plant has the potential to spread the virus to your other Hostas. I would visit the links that Jody sent to you and as she suggested, print out the information. Then dig up the plant and take it back to the nursery for a refund. Take the information with you and ask them what kind of testing they are doing to avoid other occurrences of diseased plants. And if you don't get a satisfactory answer, don't buy Hostas from them again. You may have to speak with a manager if they hire kids to work there.
As to my favourite Hosta, I guess it varies from day to day. But I've got to list June up there as one of the big favourites.
Although I don't have a nice one in my garden, I think June is probably my favorite too. I love all the hosta in the Halcyon family. Doss, that one really is very pretty and different looking.
Really sorry about your infected hosta, Doug. :(
My favorite hosta in my garden is probably Regal Splendor, which is the first hosta I ever bought and the oldest plant in my garden (this will be the fourth season). I've got a few of them, and none are fully up yet...I think it looks gorgeous in the Spring with the vase like form, and it stays pretty all the way up til the end of the season. Slugs don't seem to want to climb it to snack, and I like how fast it grew for me...this one looks like it's gonna be huge this year, judging from the eyes I see poking up so far.
Noreaster - I also like Regal Splendor very much and picked it to become the centrepiece of my new Hosta Garden. We moved it last week when Sandy (Sanannie) came out to my place and it is just to the left of the X in this pic. Will have to imagine what it will look like there, but it was a lovely plant last year and should be even better in this - its 3rd year in my garden. We also planted a few other Hostas and several empty pink pots with names on them for Hostas yet to come.
We purchased White Feather last year at Webwalkway. When we stopped by there last weekend she had some on hand, but I know she sold out of them fast last year.Linda Edwards@ Webwalkway.com.
She has nice hostas at a reasonable price.
But, a close runner-up, is this one: (don't shoot me, I know it's a 'Christmas ?????' hosta, not sure what one though...or atleast I think it is.) I love the way the leaves grow out, and are long and almost stiletto like.
Thanks, Lotsalilies! It is "August Moon' - when I planted them (last spring) there was plenty of space between them and the 'Golden Tiara;, but now they look crowded - I will move them back about 6" as soon as the ground dries enough to work properly. I started them from dry-root eyes I bought in the spring.
LeawoodGardener, lovely setting and colors. Is that an oakleaf hydrangea? If so, it would grow as big as the bed in a few years. Mine did and I have to keep cutting it back. I didn't last year and boy is it huge this year.
It's Oak Leaf Hydrangea "Snowflake" - there are several in that area. They are very exposed and I was concerned about them making it through the winter. They were pretty puny last year (I was afraid they might not survive) but this year they look better and even have blooms starting. I will trim them to keep them a manageable size and, yes, I may need to re-arrange things in the bed a bit. I have the same hydrangeas in another bed and I keep them at about 4' in height.
Samual Blue is my fav. It seems to get bigger every year. I am surprised more people don't have this one. It is almost 36" tall and 60" wide. Bought about 12 years ago in a one gallon pot. It is a nice blue grey as long as the sun stays away from it. Otherwise it turns green. Hopefully my new fav will be Empress Wu. I want to plant Itsy Bitsy Spider next to them!
I also have so many hosats but the one I always say is my favoriet is the H. Honeybelles!!! Have had them for years and still love them. They have a little of everything I love in the huge hosta. The wavy edge, the huge size, and the fragrant flowers. Just my opinion! Ronna
Honeybelle is also one of my favorites! It is dependable, can take various light conditions from part sun to full shade, grows vigorously and divides easily. I had about a dozen located in various places around my house when I bought it in 2000 and today I have many dozens - plus I have given away TONS to friends over the last nine years.
I'm home and I've taken a walk around the garden. Favourites will vary from day to day, but can I name 10? I've been very happy with the following 17:
Jewel of the Nile (really stunning this year)
Touch of Class
Wylde Green Cream
'Alleghan Fog' - love the misty leaves
'Deja Blu' - lovely blue with a GREEN margin
I've eliminate these for the following reasons.
'Aristocrat' is really lovely in the spring, but doesn't hold its blue colour as well as some.
'Country Mouse' is lovely, but not as dramatic as the larger plants.
'Frosted Dimples' holds its powder blue well, but the white or cream margins are really narrow. I guess I really like wider ones.
'On Stage' is coming on really well, but let's see what it looks like with another year's growth next year.
'Salute' is a lovely green, but again, not really mature yet.
'Venus' has SPECTACULAR flowers, but the rest of the year it's just another lovely green hosta.
'Wylde Green Cream' is still immature. Next year it might make the cut.
pirl - most of these are small to medium size as I have only a city lot and I have nearly 150 varieties. 'Alleghan Fog' and 'Deja Blu' are each about 18" across and are reasonably mature now.
'Fire Island' - bright yellow in early spring, but still yellowish late in August.
Also fairly small and VERY easy to divide if it gets too large.
This picture was taken late August. I love the contrast of the flowers and the leaves.
Thank you for your help. I've begun the garden and have some hosta growing but want to add more special ones. I do love the lavender flowers against the gold/green foliage of Fire Island. You've given me splendid choices.
I've just looked through this thread and while several people have recommended 'Orange Marmalade', nobody has posted a pic. Does anyone have a good pic of a mature plant? I was given one for my significant birthday this past July and I'm wondering where to put it. It's still in a pot.
hola, i just walked the back 40 (just kidding) and took some pics of a few that stand out now. some other wonderful ones have now faded. but these four are doing great. xuling
this is 'Midwest Magic' planted back under the shade net.
Here's a picture of my 'Orange Marmalade' that was taken May 31. I've had it for (probably) 4 years, and it's not doing much as far as growth. I think mine would be classified as a S/M. I'll still keep it though because I think it is a very pretty one. Really shows up in the garden.
I think OM is supposed to get fairly large, but if it takes while to get there that's fine with me. I just planted mine into the ground in a spot that's close to my Linden tree and I doubt it will grow fast there.
I added 'Sun Power' to my garden this year. It kept it's beautiful yellow color all season long, adding a great contrast to my garden. The plant stayed at about 20 inches tall although the tag said it would get larger. It kept it's early summer blooms for quite a long time.
Sun Power in this bed gets lots of hot, afternoon sun and seems to tolerate it well with no loss of color. Interestingly, the Honey Belle hostas also can take the heat, but are much lighter green than the same variety in shady areas of my garden.