This cultivar is a sport of
that was registered by the
British Hosta and
Hemerocallis Society (BHHS) on behalf of the originator,
and Betty McBurnie in 1988.
The large size mound rises to a height of 24
inches and a width of 57 inches with leaves that have a thick
substance and are moderately corrugated. Near white flowers
bloom in mid-June.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "The unfortunate tendency of 'Borwick
Beauty' to develop the spring desiccation burn problem mars the
beauty of this outstanding hosta."
An article by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (1996 Vol. 27 No. 1) states that, "...'Color
Glory' and 'Borwick Beauty'...are the same hosta. There are records
that show 'Color Glory' most certainly came from the same plant in the garden of
Mr. and Mrs. R.G. McBurnie in
England that was named 'Borwick Beauty' for the
village of Borwick near Carnforth in Lancashire, where they live."An article about H. 'Great Expectations' by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (1996 Vol. 27 No. 2) states that, "Everyone
has great expectations for 'Great Expectations' . It is the great hosta dream
(probably throughout the world) to grow a big, handsome specimen clump of 'Great
Expectations'. But it doesn't do well for everyone...About half
the people responding to my call for personal experiences say they have or have
had problems growing it. The others say it is doing "fine" and cite the growing
conditions...There is no consensus yet other than 'Great Expectations' :
- Is a slow grower,
- Forms an open clump (not a tight mound), and
- Doesn't have leaves that exhibit the undesirable
characteristic called "burning," "scalding," "browning," or
"rusting" as does 'Color
Glory' (a.k.a., 'Borwick Beauty'),
which also is a sport with a bold bue-green border of H. 'Elegans'.