In an article in
Hosta Journal (2001 Vol. 32 No. 1),
former President of The American Hosta Society took on the task of listing the
"Classic Hosta Cultivars" through the year 2003. He decided to divide these into
categories including: Green,
and Yellow Medio-Variegated
|While there are fewer yellow-margined
hostas, there are still some timeless beauties.
- H. 'Abiqua Moonbeam' is the green-centered sport of H.
'August Moon' and surely shines in the garden.
- H. 'Alvatine Taylor' is a large blue-leaved hosta with gold
margins that don't exhibit the characteristic burning of
gold-leaved forms of
- H. 'Aurora Borealis' is one of the many similar cultivars in
this group. H. 'Frances Williams' has been one of the most
imitated of the classic hostas, after all she was the first of
over a dozen named, similar gold-margined sports from H. sieboldiana 'Elegans' . Each one is reported to be an
improvement. Claims include not burning as much on the gold
portion of the leaf, improved flowering or showier variegation.
In any case, it is difficult to distinguish these cultivars.
- H. 'Carnival' is a
Lachman hybrid which features dark-green
leaves and wide irregular gold margins.
- H. 'Don Stevens' has pointed green leaves with creamy-yellow
- H. 'Fortunei Aureomarginata' is an oldie that still is not
to be outdone with its dark-green leaves and golden margins.
- H. 'Golden Tiara' has produced a whole series of sports, as
previously noted, one of which is H. 'Grand Tiara' with wider
gold margins. H. 'Grand Tiara' also has produced a whole series
of sports. The Tiaras all have a fine display of light-purple
flowers that may re-bloom if deadheaded.
- H. 'Green Gold' is one of the early gold-margined hostas.
- H. montana 'Aureomarginata' - as showy as it gets!
- H. 'Radiant Edger' is a dense sport of
H. 'Gold Edger' has
an attractive blend of green with gold.
- H. 'Tokudama
Flavocircinalis' is the gold-margined sport of
H. 'Tokudama' and while not as large as
H. 'Frances Williams',
doesn't exhibit the typical burning of the gold margins.
This is quite an extensive list of
distinctive cultivars. Many have been popular either with gardeners,
landscapers and collectors for over 25 years...Their timeless beauty
is why they are still kicking after all these years.