Hosta 'Fragrant Bouquet'

This vigorous growing hosta was originated by Dr. Kevin Vaughn of Massachusetts but registered by Paul Aden of New York in 1982. In 2012, it was re-registered with Vaughn as originator and The American Hosta Society as registrant on his behalf. It is a large size (22 inches high by 48 inches wide) plant with pale green to chartreuse colored leaves that have a creamy yellow marginal variegation. As its name implies, it has large, very pale lavender, fragrant flowers from August into September and usually does not set viable seeds. It is a hybrid of H. 'Fascination' × H. 'Fragrant Summer'.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...ranks high on the popularity poll for its attractively variegated foliage and fragrant flowers. It is also known for being a good grower, making it useful as a colorful ground cover in the landscape."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Increases rapidly. This cultivar was registered as having streaked leaves but all the plants offered for sale have marginal variegation."

An article about H. 'Fragrant Bouquet' by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (1996 Vol. 27 No. 1) states that, "Paul (Aden) always has said that a characteristic he wants for his hosta introductions is for them to be easily recognized ten feet away in the garden. He has certainly achieved this with 'Fragrant Bouquet'. To add even more distinction, the near-white flowers are very fragrant. You don't have to stick your nose into the flower to appreciate the scent.

...Three sports have been found by Bob Solberg...H. 'Guacamole' has glossy yellowy chartreuse leaves with a margin somewhat like the color of guacamole. Flowers are fragrant...Another sport is 'Fried Bananas'. It is not variegated. The leaves are shiny yellowy chartreuse. Flowers are fragrant. Solberg says 'Fried Bananas' is good with 'Guacamole'...The third is 'Fried Green Tomatoes'; it's another non-variegated sport having tomato-green foliage. The leaves are frosted in spring and very shiny in summer. Flowers are fragrant also...All three are fast growers. They do best given some direct sun."

Former President of The American Hosta Society, C.H. Falstad comments on the stability of colors in hosta leaves in The Hosta Journal (2006 Vol. 37 No. 1), "Some plants, like the streaked form of 'Fragrant Bouquet'...appear to stabilize so quickly to a margined variegation that few if any hosta collectors who ordered the streaked form have ever seen it. If indeed the streaked form was sent to them, it's joked that it stabilized while being shipped in the mail."

An article by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal  (2014 Vol. 45 No. 1) states that, "The American Hosta Society Cultivar Origination Commission…concluded that Kevin C. Vaughn and the late Florence Shaw should be credited for some of Aden’s registrations…Eight of Paul Aden ’s crème de la crème registrations are credited to Kevin Vaughn as originator and 16 to Florence Shaw…Among them are H. ‘Fragrant Bouquet’ (K. Vaughn – 1982), ‘So Sweet’ (K. Vaughn –1986), ‘Zounds’ (F. Shaw – 1978), ‘Love Pat’ (F. Shaw – 1978), ‘Sum and Substance’ (F. Shaw – 1980) and ‘Blue Angel’ (F. Shaw – 1986)."

In an article in The Hosta Journal (2016 Vol. 47 No 2), the author described this plant's flowers as having a "Strong" fragrance compared to other hostas.

This cultivar was the 1998 "Hosta of the Year" by the American Hosta Growers Association.


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