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."
is one of the several medio-variegated mutants of
Other similar forms exist and have been named."
An article about H. 'Borwick
Beauty' by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (1992 Vol. 23 No. 1) states that "I
concluded that 'Color Glory' and 'Borwick Beauty' are
identical. In fact, my opinion is they are the same
clone obtained from the same source. H. 'George
Smith' is very similar if not the same, with respect
to the characteristics I was able to observe in George
Smith's own garden near York...is named for the village
of Borwick, near Carnforth in Lancashire, where Mr. and
Mrs. R.G. McBurnie live."
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'.
Warren I. Pollack wrote an article in
Hosta Journal (2020 Vol. 51 No. 1) titled
Doppelgänger Hostas: Fancy Name for
Look-alike Hostas, included a long list of hostas
which various hostaphiles, published articles or other sources have
indicated "look" the same. Some of these are, in fact, the same
plant with two or more different names. Others are hostas that vary
in some minor trait which is not immediately discernable to the
casual observer such as seasonal color variations, bloom traits, ploidy, etc. So, as Warren mentions, hostaphiles may differ as to the
plants listed but then, their opinions are based on visual observations and interpretations.