H.'Tardiana' Group of hostas was developed by
England. It consists of many blue colored hybrids of
Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans'.
This was a very unique cross since one normally blooms
early season while the other flowers in the fall. One year, the
early form (H. 'Elegans') decided to put on a few re-blooms late in the
year allowing Smith to cross breed them.
The most famous cultivar is H. 'Halcyon' which has been used in
hybridizing many new cultivars.
Members of this group of hostas have rich blue-green foliage and
are generally about medium size. Its leaves have 12-13 pairs of
veins. The Tardianas produce pale lavender flowers in clusters
during the late July to mid-August period of the summer.
We have gathered around 100 cultivars in our database that are
noted as being "Tardiana-type" hostas. Some of those listed are
from the original breeding lines that started with Eric Smith.
Others are plants that have some or all of the classic traits of
Tardiana hostas in their color, leaves and flowers but are not
part of the original line of plants.
Here are the Tardiana hostas that we have in our database in
alphabetical order by the name of the cultivar.