Cultivar or Species
||"...is the most widely distributed
green-centered, gold margined sport of 'Sun
the nursery industry. It makes an outstanding background
or specimen plant."
||"Despite being one of the oldest of its
category ("heavily corrugated, blue-green H.
sieboldiana 'Elegans'Type"), 'Aksarban' still rates
as one of the best. Of course, the name "Aksarban" is
"Nebraska" spelled backwards."
|H. 'All that Jazz'
||"Viewing this fantastic cultivar in
Olga Petryszyn's collection almost took my breath away...a
truly elegant clump."
||"...ranks as an outstanding blue-leaved
cultivar with somewhat of an open mound habit."
|H. plantaginea 'Aphrodite'
||"One of the greatest hostas ever
introduced...There is some debate as to how many petals
'Aphrodite' should possess, but the typical number
ranges from ten to twenty. As for double-flowered
hostas, it should be kept moist during the hottest times
of the summer or the flower buds will turn brown and
||"...ranks as one of the oldest and most
greatly admired of all gold-leaved hostas. Every
collector recognizes this plant..."
|H. ventricosa 'Aureomarginata'
||"Just the addition of a creamy margin
Hosta ventricosa created one of the most outstanding
hosta cultivars in existence."
||"...certainly ranks as one of the best
gold-leaved cultivars ever developed...it produces
purple flowers that contrast nicely with the bright gold
||"Its size, substance, foliage color,
and plant form make 'Back Bay' an outstanding choice for
any shade garden."
|| "...ranks as one of the most
significant hostas ever developed. Early hosta hybridizers used
it and its seedlings extensively in their breeding efforts to
produce thousands of variegated seedlings."
||"...represents a virus-free version of
'Opipara'. Most 'Opipara' specimens in the U.S. were
infected with a virus (probably
Hosta Virus X) before
Bill Brincka imported this clean plant from
whatever name, the plant is simply magnificent."
||"...'Birchwood Elegance' is a
much-admired plant. Several collectors and nurserymen
have indicated to me that this was their favorite hosta.
It makes a very large mound of graceful, green foliage
that can be used as a background plant."
||"...offers impressive, white-margined
foliage, an attractive mound habit, and a vigorous
growth rate, making it an ideal choice for landscape
||"...has become the premier large
blue-green hosta cultivar. It can be used in a variety
of ways in the landscape, including as a ground cover,
in small groups, or as a specimen plant. Though it is
not a great breeding plant, it has been the source of
many outstanding sports."
cultivar can be thought
of as the archetype of the "dense, medium-sized mound of
heart-shaped, blue-green foliage" class of hostas."
||"...rich blue foliage and outstanding
substance. Its only negative is a fairly slow growth
rate, but that should not deter anyone from growing this
||"...ranks near, if not at, the top of
blue-leaved cultivars for its intensity of color. Added
to that is an impressive mound structure and thick
foliar substance, making this an outstanding plant for
any shade garden."
||"Whenever I'm asked to identify the
best big blue-leaved cultivars, 'Blue Mammoth' always
comes to mind (with 'Blue Angel')."
||"...has always been my favorite
Tardiana. It offers an attractive combination of blue
foliage and white flowers."
||"Simply put, 'Cascades' is stunning.
the arching mound of white-centered foliage makes an
ornamental impact wherever it is grown."
||"The narrow, neatly rippled, gold
foliage of 'Chartreuse Wiggles' makes it one of the most
familiar of all hosta cultivars. It has been used as a
specimen, edger, and low ground cover."
||"When I first viewed this plant at the
1991 AHS convention in North Carolina, I considered it
the best gold-leaved piecrust type ever developed. My
opinion has not changed."
||"Despite being one of the oldest
gold-leaved hosta cultivars, 'City Lights' still ranks
highly for color, substance, and overall appearance. The
shape of its flowers is more open than that of other
Hosta sieboldiana types."
||"...was immediately impressed with its
distinctive appearance. The curved, dark green leaves
give it a look that cannot be mistaken for any other. It
also represents a significant breakthrough in breeding
as the first known seedling out of 'Tortifrons'
its genes for twisted, contorted foliage."
||"...should become very popular in the
near future. The contrast between the gold center and
green margins seems to be accentuated by its rippling."
||"Though known for more than one hundred
years, 'Crispula' continues to be an outstanding choice
as a white-edged cultivar for landscaping purposes. It
has a distinctive appearance and a good show of flowers
as well as a good growth rate...it has become apparent
and 'Crispula' are the same plant."
||"Among the many cultivars with rippled
margins, 'Cutting Edge' ranks near the top. The way the
leaves are folded exposes the white undersides and seems
to accentuate the rippled effect. This is a must for any
complete hosta collection."
||"...what a plant! The large-sized mound
makes an imposing presence in any shade garden."
||"Absolutely one of the best cultivars
for piecrust margins and corrugation...makes a
tremendous gold-leaved specimen plant. The corrugation
increases in intensity as it matures."
||"Maturity brought out the intense
corrugation, cupping, good blue color, and plastic like
substance that were not evident at an earlier
collector should own 'Deep Blue Sea'."
||Over the years, it has proven to be an
outstanding landscape plant and ranks alongside 'Golden Tiara'
itself for durability and growth rate."
||"This is considered to be the best
Hosta sieboldiana type by many hosta collectors.
Unlike the many sports of 'Elegans'
Williams', it does not develop
burn and makes a magnificent specimen in the shaded
garden. It honors a person who has made tremendous
contributions to The American Hosta Society over the
last twenty-five or so years."
||"In the garden, it makes a magnificent
specimen, but can also be used as a background plant or
large ground cover."
||"...ranks as one of the smallest of
Eric Smith's Tardianas...has also proven to be an
excellent breeding plant...Its only negative is an
extremely slow growth rate, but that should not stop
anyone from including it in their collection."
||"Include 'Eagle's Nest'
in the "gotta have"
category of hostas. It differs from 'Sum and
Substance' not only
in having green-centered foliage, but also in mound and leaf
sizes and flowering habit...a relative dwarf when compared to
'Sum and Substance', 'Sum It Up' or 'Sum of All'...less than
half the size of a fully grown 'Sum and Substance'."
||"Graceful" is the word that comes to
mind when I think of this superior
At maturity it rates highly in both foliage and
||"As a breeding plant, 'Fascination'
ranks as one of the most important cultivars of the last
Chastain, and others have used it as a pod or pollen
parent in developing new variegated varieties."
||"...simply a stunning plant. The
foliage colors are vivid and bright. The creamy yellow
margins sharply contrast the dark green center."
||"Its compact habit, rapid growth rate,
bright foliage color, and attractive flowers make
'Feather Boa' an outstanding choice for ground cover or
||"If any hosta should be called Hosta 'Fortunei',
this is it. All of its mound, foliage, and flowering
characteristics can be considered typical of the
Fortunei Group as a whole. 'Fortunei Hyacinthina' has
been one of the most widely grown hostas for landscaping
purposes due to its excellent growth rate and
||"...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
||"During the 1980s, 'Francee'
Albomarginata' as the most commonly used
white-margined host for landscaping purposes. It offers
consistent, attractive variegation and a good growth
||"This tremendous cultivar could easily
be mistaken for a gold-edged sport of 'Blue Dimples'.
With age its corrugation intensifies and the leaf blade
||"...continues to be popular and
justifiably so...with all of its good traits and
prolific seed pod formation, it is surprising that few
hybridizers utilize it."
||"...'Fujibotan' is a must for any
hosta collector. It forms a very attractive mound of clear,
deeply veined foliage, and its show of double flowers is simply
spectacular...Though it is listed as a
type, it shows evidence of being a hybrid, possibly with
||"...'Gay Blade' may be thought of as
"the hosta for all seasons". I've seen 'Gay Blade'
growing in a variety of gardens across the U.S. from May
to October and it always looks great."
||"...can only be considered a tremendous
cultivar, due to its beautiful, misted foliage. It does
have a tendency to sport white-centered, green edged
||"Though 'Gold Regal' was registered
thirty-four years ago, I continue to think of it in the
upper echelon of hosta cultivars. It can be used in many
ways in the landscape, but is most impressive as a
||"Based on sports alone, 'Gold Standard'
could be thought of as the most significant hosta
cultivar ever produced...its outstanding growth rate,
seasonal color changes, and symmetrical mound habit make
it an excellent subject for just about any situation. It
also has great durability and good sun
tolerance...Still, no hosta collection is complete
without this cultivar..."
||"The vase-shaped mound habit and bright
gold leav color make 'Golden Sculpture' an ideal
specimen or centerpiece plant in the shaded garden."
||"When I began working with hostas in
the late 1970s, 'Golden Tiara' ranked as a "hot new
introduction", being the first small-sized hosta with
gold-margined leaves. Everyone had to have it. the going
price was about $50 per plant, so when I was able to
purchase one for $40 at an auction, I felt fortunate.
Since that time, 'Golden Tiara' has been widely
propagated and is now a common sight in shade gardens."
||"...its stature in the world of hostas
has only increased. A mature specimen has a significant
impact on any garden in which it grows. Its only
negative is a slow growth rate."
||"...rates as one of the best gold
leaved cultivars with piecrust margins."
||"...represents a first among hostas,
being the first green-leaved sport out of a blue-leaved
hosta. It is identical to 'Blue Angel'
in almost every other way, making an impressive, wide-spreading mound
of foliage with an outstanding flower performance."
||"This massive mound of shiny, green
foliage foliage greatly impressed me...It ranks as one
of the largest cultivars in existence."
||"...can be ranked among the hosta
"classics". It continues to be admired for its arching
mound of foliage and unusual flowering habits...shows
very little resemblance to its registered parents, but
comes very close to Hosta kikutii var.
||"...continues to increase in popularity
due to its attractive foliage, fragrant flowers, and
fast growth rate. In fact, 'Guacamole' and its sports
would be an excellent starter collection for those new
||"This still ranks as one of the best
sports developed in the last 20 years.
first told me of this plant in 1993, but my first
viewing of it left me awestruck. It makes a spectacular
specimen in the shaded landscape and will keep its
variegation for much of the season if it receives an
hour or two of direct sunlight each day."
||"This Japanese cultivar is nothing
short of spectacular. The sharply contrasting foliage
colors, excellent flowers, and good growth rate make
this hosta worth including in your collection."
||"If you are limited to only one
Tardiana by law, or
for that matter, one blue-leaved hosta, then 'Halcyon' should be your choice. It
probably best exemplifies what
Eric Smith was after when he hybridized
with Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans', i.e. fast growing, medium-sized, blue-leaved hostas...a great source of sports and is a superior breeding plant...I have
always thought that if someone wanted to develop an evergreen hosta, they should
start with 'Halcyon'."
Mildred Seaver introduction and was originally
called 'Sea Tail' and 'Sea High Noon'. It made such a
sensation at the 1987 American Hosta Society national
convention that a plant of 'High Noon' sold for a
record-breaking $700 at that year's auction."
||"...combines the best of both parents
and makes a striking specimen plant. Particularly
attractive is the neatly rippled, creamy yellow margin."
||"...ranks as the first hosta hybrid
developed and introduced for sale in the United States.
It is still considered a good landscaping plant due to
its fast growth rate and nicely fragrant flowers."
||"...is greatly admired for its colorful
foliage, intense variegation, and good substance. It
should be part of every hosta collection."
||"...is familiar to almost every hosta
enthusiast. It ranks as one of the best small-sized
cultivars with gold-centered foliage."
||"...should be included on any list of
hosta classics. Though it lacks substance, it has been
long grown in hosta collections and makes a great edging
plant in shade gardens."
||"The misted and flecked, green and
white foliage color lasts for the first half of the
growing season, yielding to an attractive shiny green by
midsummer. The purple flowers are typical of
yingeri and are produced in great profusion in late
summer. Simply stated, this is a spectacular plant."
||"...has become a hosta "classic" for
many reasons. The large-sized, vase-shaped mound of
frosty blue foliage is slug resistant and makes the
perfect centerpiece plant for almost any garden."
|| "...a tremendous hosta...its
flower performance alone makes it worth growing...one of
the rare originations from
Mary Chastain not bearing the
||"...combines a shiny, dark green color
on a large, neatly rippled leaf. Leave space for this
||"No doubt this has
yingeri in its
background, based on its flowers and the appearance of
its foliage. It's one of those unusual hostas that you
can't stop looking at. The super-shiny, dark green
leaves belie the notion that green-leaved plants can't
||"...may be one of
||"...has never achieved the popularity
it deserves...an outstanding medium-sized gold cultivar
and makes an excellent contrast to blue-leaved hostas."
||"Though slow-growing, 'Love
Pat' ranks among the best in the blue-green cultivar
category. As it matures, the corrugation increases and
it becomes somewhat unruly."
||"...should be considered one of the
best piecrust type hosta cultivars every introduced."
||"...ranks near the top of any hosta
list due to its brightly colored foliage, large size,
and attractive flowers. In the landscape it makes an
impact and can become a focal point if sited properly."
montana f. macrophylla
||"Of all the green-leaved Hosta montana
forms,...macrophylla is most distinctive. The
arching, spreading mound...can both physically and
mentally dominate a shade garden."
||"...in 2002 when I was shown a picture
of a mature specimen. Wow! I had never seen anything
like it...it exhibits typical
foliage (except color), mound, and flowering
||"Over the last twenty-five years or so,
very few hostas have impressed me as much as the
Benedicts' specimen of 'Outrageous'...The variegation
pattern varied considerably from leaf to leaf, but I
think that only added to its character. I'm not sure if
I'll ever see another mature clump of 'Outrageous', but
the memory of the
Benedicts' plant will remain with me
for many years to come."
tissue culture sport became incredibly popular upon
its introduction in the late 1990s. For a white-centered
hosta, it has a good growth rate and makes an excellent
variegated specimen for the shaded rock garden or
||"Any list of "classic" hosta cultivars
must include Paul's Glory'. In the garden it makes a
tremendous specimen plant and offers a significant
improvement on 'Gold
Standard' by its greater slug
resistance. Its good growth rate, attractive
variegation, and large size make it useful for many
purposes in the landscape."
||"...ranks as the first recognized
tetraploid hosta sport...it has become the
most popular white-margined hosta for landscaping
||"...ranks as one of the premier large,
gold leaved hosta cultivars...does not develop the
burn that afflicts other golden
Hosta sieboldiana types."
||"When I first viewed this plant during
the 2005 "First Look" seedling and sport competition, I
was enthralled with it. Competition judges voted it the
best sport at that meeting, and deservedly so! The
beautiful creamy margins accentuate its rippled effect,
making for a spectacular plant."
||"This cultivar holds true to its
name with its intensely blue foliage color. Also great are its
substance, corrugation, and large mound size."
||"Its good growth rate and distinct
variegation make 'Queen Josephine' an outstanding choice
as a ground cover or specimen plant. Its substance is
thicker than that of 'Neat
Splash', the pod parent of 'Josphine'."
||"...matures as a spectacular,
vase-shaped mound of foliage but with variegation. The
width of the leaf margin varies from plant to plant..."
||"A truly impressive plant for its large
mound of foliage with very wide, creamy white borders,
'Robert Frost' is another fine
Wm & Eleanor Lachman introduction."
||"...may be the best small-sized
streaked cultivar. It would look great in a trough in
combination with 'Blue Mouse Ears' or 'Green Mouse
||"This cultivar, long admired in Japan,
can now be considered a hosta "classic" in American
gardens. Its large, vase-shaped mound habit makes it the
ideal background or specimen plant...It is difficult to
tissue culture, with low multiplication rates and
high numbers of "offtype" plants the norm."
||"...may be the most well-known
dwarf-sized hosta cultivar. It makes a neat, low mound of foliage that is useful as an edger, low
ground cover, or in troughs."
||"In the garden, 'Sea Prize' makes an
interesting, highly variegated specimen plant and has
been easier to maintain as the true plant than many
other streaked cultivars. It has become an important
breeding plant, yielding a high percentage of variegated
seedlings. The late
Ed Elslager, in particular, relied heavily on 'Sea
Prize' in his breeding program. He registered forty
cultivars with 'Sea Prize' as the pod parent."
||"Its bright variegation and fast growth
rate make 'Shade Fanfare' a popular choice for ground
||"Over the years, 'Shining Tot' has
proven to be a premier dwarf-sized hosta. It can be
successfully grown in troughs, as well as in the shaded
rock garden. Hybridizers have found it to be a superior
breeding plant, producing dwarf-sized seedlings with
good substance. Overall, it is much like
Hosta pulchella in both foliage and flower."
Vaughn named this superior
cultivar for his mother. Not only does it offer
attractively variegated foliage, but it has a fast
growth rate, an interesting flower habit, and good
durability in the garden. It certainly belongs on any
list of the top 100 hostas."
||"The intensity of blue coloration in
'Silver Bay' is quite impressive. Add to that intense
corrugation, an unruly nature, and thick substance and
you have a cultivar that should rank near the top of any
list of best blue hostas. Thank you Don Dean for
developing this plant!."
||"My listed measurements from a
less-than-mature specimen are already larger than the
registration dimensions. Regardless of size, 'Skylight'
offers very thick, slug resistant foliage in an
incredibly blue color and is worth including in any
||"...has long been one of the top hostas
for landscaping purposes...fast growth rate."
||"Given good conditions, 'Solar Flare'
becomes a magnificent, mammoth-sized plant that can be
the focal point of any shaded landscape. By now it
should be gracing every shade garden, certainly every
host collection, but that is not the case. After
Ross was granted the patent for 'Solar Flare' in 1989, a
few companies were granted permission to market it. When
they stopped offering it, 'Solar Flare' became a rare
find...In 2006 my nursery (Q&Z Nursery, Inc.) began
offering it to the wholesale market and it's once again
||"...rates as one of Mildred Seaver's
greatest introductions and has been very popular amongst
collectors, gardeners and nurserymen alike...The
variegation varies a bit from plant to plant, some
exhibiting a bit more misting, others developing large
||"Its semi-upright mound habit and
bright gold color makes 'Spotlight' an ideal specimen
plant in the shade garden. The foliage color intensifies
with some direct sunlight, sometimes lightening to
whitish gold. The only negative is that the scapes tend
to droop, but if they become unsightly, they can be
||"...certainly is one of the best hosta
introductions of the last decade. Its white margin
sharply contrasts the green center and its effect is
enhanced by the intense, regular rippling."
||"This incredible plant improves on
'Guacamole', its mother plant, by a much brighter gold
center. Its overall size is smaller and the growth rate
a bit slower, but that only matters when comparing the
two. At its peak in midsummer, the bright gold leaf
center of 'Stained Glass' outshines just about any other
hosts cultivar making it an ideal choice as a specimen
plant (surround it with 'Guacamole'?)."
||"...is certainly one of the most
recognizable of all hostas. Planted along a pathway, it
forms a dense, mini-hedge of attractively rippled, white
||"...has been very popular among
landscapers, gardeners, and collectors alike. Its
notably thicker foliage and much wider green margin are
the main differences from its mother plant, 'Gold
Standard'...displays a narrow band of white between the
leaf center and margin...an incredible source of
mutations, nearly all through
||"No collection would be complete
without this plant. As I observe hostas, I often use 'Subcrocea'
as a standard for comparison purposes."
||"...combines the variegation of 'Iron Gate Supreme' with the leaf characteristics and mound
habits of 'Saishu Jima'. Add fragrant flowers to that
and the result is a superior cultivar that should be
more widely grown."
||"Bill Zumber found this tissue culture sport...at Klehm
Nursery and quickly recognized its value. Its sharply
contrasting variegation and dense, symmetrical mound habit rank
it near the top of medium-sized, gold edged cultivars."
||"...helped shape the interest in hostas
as shade garden plants...Once specimens began maturing in gardens in the late 1980s,
gardeners everywhere took notice...Van
Wade planted 'Sum and
Substance' in his new collection in 1986, and by 1993 it had reached
a hosta world record of 48" high by 114" wide...hybrids almost
always more closely resemble the other parent...The number of sports
that have been generated out of 'Sum and Substance' has been
||"...one of the best sports developed at
my nursery over the last twenty-five years...margin
remains an attractive gold color throughout the growing
||"Since its introduction in the
mid-1980s, 'Sun Power' has achieved widespread
popularity and is now one of the most recognized
cultivars. Though its reputation as a sun-tolerant hosta
has been much exaggerated, 'Sun Power' offers
distinctive, bright gold foliage. A properly placed
single specimen will be attention-getting."
||"I'm not sure if
appreciated the value of this outstanding cultivar...one
of the best cupped hosta cultivars, it is beautifully
corrugated, thick-substanced, and attractive in flower."
||"This has become one of the premier
dwarf host cultivars. Though 'Tiny Tears' barely differs
from the commonly grown form of Hosta venusta,
its name has boosted its popularity. It can be
successfully used as a low edger, but makes an even
better trough plant."
||"What a plant! Despite its slow growth
rate, 'Tokudama Aureonebulosa' ranks highly for its
interesting, multi-colored foliage that is also very
||"...ranks highly amongst all hosta
cultivars and is considered a classic. It makes a great
specimen plant or ground cover and has a faster growth
rate than most
Tokudamas. The gold edge of 'Tokudama
Flavocircinalis' does not bur in the spring, so it can
be used as a substitute for 'Frances
||"The ratio between mound height and
mound width for the average hosta is 1 to 2.5.
Vase-shaped plants often fall into a 1 to 2 or 1 to 2.3
range. Amazingly the mound height to width ratio for
'Unforgettable' is 1 to 1.4...combination of a
distinctly upright habit with striking gold-margined
variegation and an unruly character gives
'Unforgettable' a high level of distinction."
||"Just the addition of a creamy margin
Hosta ventricosa created one of the most
outstanding hosta cultivars in existence."
||"...proven to be one of the best
gold-centered hostas in the small to medium size range
and is now widely grown...striking variegation pattern
and fairly fast growth rate."
||"...has a significant place in hosta
history, both as a garden plant and in breeding
programs...It has a tendency to sport, so offtype shoots
need to be culled frequently...It was one of the first
streaked plants used by hybridizers in the 1970s to
produce variegated seedlings."
|| "How can success be insured when
developing a new cultivar? Well, start with a proven
mother plant, add a bit of variegation, and voila!, an
instant winner. I'm not sure if
Hansen looks at
things that way, but 'Yesterday's Memories' certainly
possesses all of the good traits of 'Squash Casserole'
(e.g. rippling, a good growth rate, and great
durability) and adds an attractive green margin."