Fransen of the
Netherlands introduced this non-registered sport of H. 'Halcyon' which, according to
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...it appeared that
the leaf center of 'Paradise Joyce' was a clearer yellow color
than 'June'. As these plants
have matured, however, significant differences from 'June' have become harder to
forms a medium size (16 inches high x 36 inches wide) mound of ovate shaped
foliage with thick substance. Pale bluish lavender flowers bloom
from late July into August.
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Easy to grow. Makes a superb foreground specimen.
Lovely in a container and recently awarded The Newbold Vase by the British Hosta
and Hemerocallis Society for the best Fransen introduction."
A Photo Essay article by Steve Chamberlain in
Hostta Journal (2010 Vol. 41 No. 1) makes comments about
H. 'Paradise Joyce', "The patented
Marco Fransen cultivar is a sport of
'Halcyon'. It emerges with blue leaves that show little, if any, trace of the
yellow center to come. As the season progresses, the leaf centers lighten
depending upon the degree of sun exposure, reaching an appearance similar to
'June'. Late in the season, the leaf centers become creamy white. This large
clump shows a division that has reverted to the all-blue 'Halcyon', which I
shall have to remove."
Similar cultivars include H. 'June' and H. 'Katherine