We have searched our copies of The Hosta Journal for anything that might relate to any of the over 13,300 hosta names in our database. We extracted parts of articles that dealt with historical matters, opinions of well-known hostaphiles, recommendations (positive or negative), lookalike cultivars and the seemingly never ending problem with confusing names.

Where appropriate, we placed a copy of the material on the individual cultivar or species page. We also put the information and quotations on a group of topic pages listed below:

  1. Blue Hostas
  2. 'Blue Mouse Ears'
  3. Early Hosta Cultivars
  4. Fall Bloomers
  5. Flowers
  6. Green Hostas
  7. Halcyon Group
  8. Hosta History
  9. Hybridizing
  1. Japanese Words
  2. Large Hostas
  3. Look-a-Like Hostas
  4. Hosta Names
  5. Non-US Hostas
  6. Photo Essays
  7. Plant Traits
  8. Hosta Series
  9. Small Hostas
  1. Hosta Species
  2. Top Rated Hostas
  3. Unstable Variegation
  4. White Margin Hostas
  5. White Medial Hostas
  6. Yellow Hostas
  7. Yellow Margin Hostas
  8. Yellow Medial Hostas

1) In an article in The Hosta Journal (2001 Vol. 32 No. 1), Tom Micheletti, 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, Blue, Yellow (Gold, White-Margined, Yellow-Margined, White Medio-Variegated and Yellow Medio-Variegated.

Finally, on to the yellow-centered plants that are timeless classics.
Classic Yellow Medio-Margined Hostas
  1. H. 'Borwick Beauty' and its twin H. 'Color Glory' make an impact in the garden., if the characteristic burning of the gold portions of the leaf can be minimized with good growing culture.
  2. H. 'Bright Lights' is an H. 'Tokudama' that grows well and is a beauty to boot.
  3. H. 'Emerald Tiara' is another of the ever-popular Tiaras.
  4. H. 'Gold Standard', the quintessence of gold-centered hostas.
  5. H. 'Guacamole' - AHGA Hosta of the Year for 2002. What more needs to be said?  
  6. H. 'Inniswood' has great puckering and good substance.
  7. H. 'June' - AHGA Hosta of the Year for 2001. Leaf coloration can be manipulated by intensity of light. Leaf center lightens in brighter light conditions.
  1. H. 'Just So' is a small bright cultivar with puckered leaves and thin green margin.
  2. H. 'On Stage' is also known as H. 'Choko Nishiki'. By whatever name, it is a real beauty.
  3. H. 'Paul's Glory'  AHGA Hosta of the Year for 1999. Leaves become a beautiful parchment white as summer progresses.
  4. H. 'September Sun' is one of the early sports of H. 'August Moon' that makes an impact in any garden.
  5. H. 'Spinning Wheel' is a large gold-centered hosta that doesn't exhibit the browning of the yellow portion of the leaves.
  6. H. 'Spritzer' is very recognizable in the garden.
  7. H. 'Tokudama Aureonebulosa' and its sibling H. 'Blue Shadows' have beautiful irregular variegation patterns, although the former has a greener center.

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.

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