This vigorous growing hosta was
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'.
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
Grenfell (2009) states: "Increases rapidly. This cultivar was registered as
having streaked leaves but all the plants offered for sale have
An article about H. 'Fragrant Bouquet' by Warren I. Pollock in
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.
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
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
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
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
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.