I have arranged all of the Hostas we grow into an ordered list so that you can compare them side by side. For want of a better scheme, I have grouped them by size and then by colour form within that. There are some very helpful cultural notes that have been written by my good friend and Hosta aficionado,David Byfield. You can find these notes at the end of the listing.
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The following list has been organised primarily by height and thereafter by leaf colour
Small (Class 4 – leaves 36-160 sq cm)
Green and Yellow Variegated
Medium (Class 3 – Leaves 160-530 sq cm)
Yellow & Green Variegation
- Hosta ‘Praying Hands’. Medium. 35 x 40cm. A unique variety with twisted pointed leaves that are held very erect. Leaves dark green with a blue tinge, accentuated by a narrow yellow edge. An unusual variety that people either love or hate, it makes a most striking plant when mature. For light shade. Of unknown origin.
- Hosta ‘Guacamole’. Medium. 25cm x 50cm. An open mound of overlapping rounded gold leaves margined dark green. A fast grower for a sunny spot where it will quickly achieve its full potential. Large fragrant flowers in August held well above the foliage. The green margin can be barely visible in cooler growing conditions. Sport of H. ‘Fragrant Bouquet’
- Hosta ‘Stained Glass’. Medium. 25cm x 50cm. Like its parent, an open mound of rounded gold leaves margined dark green, but with leaves brighter all season. Prominent veins earn it its name. A fast grower for a sunny spot where it will quickly achieve its potential. fragrant flowers in August. Sport of H. ‘Guacamole’
White & Green Variegation
Hosta ‘Fireworks’ is a new sport in 2001 from Hosta ‘Loyalist’, itself a sport of Hosta ‘Patriot’, a parentage giving Hosta ‘Fireworks’ leaves of good substance. It forms an upright mound, 18cm high by 25cm wide, and although it is quite vigorous, it does not grow as big as its parent. The beautiful leaves and petioles are dramatically margined and streaked with dark green on a bright ivory white ground with some paler green feathering. The leaves are lanceolate with sharper tips. Ideally site in a position that receives 2 hours of morning sun or only dappled shade to encourage vigour. Needs a special site or pot culture to be seen at its best. Flowers purple-mauve.
- Hosta ‘Francee’. Medium. A very graceful Hosta. Deep green leaves with a narrow bright silver edging are most elegant. Flowers are lavender; freely produced well above the leaves. ‘Francee’ will take morning sun, but this will tend to turn the green rather olivey. Rapid growth rate producing a dense clump. Sport of H. fortunei ‘Albomarginata’
- Hosta ‘Patriot’. Medium. A medium, broad spreading Hosta. The heavy textured heart shaped leaves are gently cupped and have striking broad white margins. The leaves become puckered when mature. Reasonable sun tolerance. Best grown in good light to moderate shade. Sport of Hosta ‘Francee’
- Hosta ‘Fire and Ice’. Medium. 45 x 75cm. A reversed form of H.’Patriot’ with white centred leaves with a dark green edge. The central section is wide and irregularly splashed and streaked many shades of green. Leaf edges are moderately twisted with a twisted tip. A striking and good growing variety. Site in Morning sun only as the centre can go green in too much light. Sport of H. ‘Patriot’
- Hosta ‘Minuteman’. Medium. A broad spreading Hosta. The heavy textured heart shaped leaves are gently cupped and have striking broad white margins and become puckered when mature. Reasonable sun tolerance. Hosta ‘Minuteman’ is a chimeric polyploid, with the white edge being tetraploid and the green centre diploid.
Blue and Yellow Variegation
- Hosta ‘June’. Medium. 37 x 50cm. A medium sized extremely tidy hosta which is very popular. The heart shaped leaves are strikingly marked. The margins are a variable blue green whilst the broad central area is a pale lemony green fading to creamy white in sunlight. In sun the leaves show a contrasty blue and yellow colour, whilst in shade the colouration is much more subtle. Lavender flowers. 60x50cm. Sport from ‘Halcyon’
Blue and White Variegation
- Hosta ‘El Nino’. Medium. 50 x 75cm. A striking medium sized hosta with a very neat appearance. Intensely Blue-green leaves which are greyer towards the bright white margins which are wider on older plants. A Hosta that always gets noticed. Site in low light to shade to maintain the striking colour. Good substance. A hybrid of H.’Halcyon’
- Hosta ‘Halcyon’. Medium. 20 x 25cm. A small to medium sized Hosta with leaves of a very good blue when grown in full shade. Short dense spikes of lavender flowers held just above the foliage are an added bonus. H. ‘Tardiflora’ x H. sieboldiana ‘Elegans Alba’. 1987 winner of the Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award.