Each year since 2006, a group of trained judges within The American Hosta Society have selected certain cultivars of hosta to be honored with The Benedict Garden Performance Award of Merit. These judges from across the country choose outstanding hostas that are known to do well in home gardens in their region. They place the top plants in two categories as either an Honorable Mention or an Award of Merit.

Starting in 2009, from the total list of Award of Merit hostas, one (or two) cultivars are chosen to receive the Benedict Garden Performance Medal as the best of the best.

Named for legendary hosta hybridizer, Dr. Ralph (Herb) Benedict, this honor is given to a registered hosta cultivar that has shown outstanding performance in the home landscape.

Cultivar Name



H. 'June' 2009 NEO Plant Ltd
H. 'Sagae' 2010 AHS & Kenji Watanabe
H. 'Blue Mouse Ears' 2011 Emil & Jane Deckert
H. 'Niagara Falls' 2012 Olga Petryszyn
H. 'First Frost' 2013 Patricia Scolnik
H. 'Leading Lady' 2014 Dr Jim Wilkins
H. 'Sum and Substance' 2015 Florence Shaw
H. 'Sun Power' 2016 tie Unknown
H. 'Blue Angel' 2016 tie Florence Shaw
H. 'Victory' 2017 Mark Zilis
H. 'Curly Fries' 2018 Bob Solberg
H. 'Sharp Dressed Man' 2019 tie Bob Solberg
H. 'World Cup' 2019 tie Mark Zilis & Doug Beilstein

The Benedict Garden Performance Award of Merit

A cultivar may be chosen more than once to receive this designation. Listed below are cultivars that have received the Award of Merit at least once. The Medal is awarded to the best of the best from this group of hostas.

  1. H. 'Abby'
  2. H. 'All That Jazz'
  3. H. 'Atlantis'
  4. H. 'Autumn Frost'
  5. H. 'Baby Bunting'
  6. H. 'Blue Angel'
  7. H. 'Blue Betty Lou'
  8. H. 'Blue Ice'
  9. H. 'Blue Mouse Ears'
  10. H. 'Brave Amherst'
  11. H. 'Brother Stephan'
  12. H. 'Captain Kirk'
  13. H. 'Cathedral Window'
  14. H. 'Christmas Tree'
  15. H. 'Cracker Crumbs'
  16. H. 'Crumb Cake'
  17. H. 'Curly Fries'
  18. H. 'Dance With Me'
  19. H. 'Dancing Queen'
  20. H. 'Dawn's Early Light'
  21. H. 'Dorset Blue'
  22. H. 'Dream Weaver'
  23. H. 'Earth Angel'
  24. H. 'Elegans'
  25. H. 'Emerald Necklace'
  26. H. 'Faith'
  27. H. 'First Frost'
  28. H. 'Formal Attire'
  29. H. 'Francee'
  30. H. 'Frosted Jade'
  31. H. 'Frozen Margarita'
  32. H. 'Gold Standard'
  33. H. 'Golden Tiara'
  34. H. 'Grand Tiara'
  35. H. 'Guacamole'
  36. H. 'Hadspen Blue'
  37. H. 'Halcyon'
  38. H. 'Hanky Panky'
  39. H. 'Hoosier Dome'
  40. H. 'Inniswood'
  41. H. 'Invincible'
  42. H. 'Ivory Coast'
  43. H. 'Jack of Diamonds'
  1. H. 'Journey's End'
  2. H. 'June'
  3. H. 'Key West'
  4. H. 'Krossa Regal'
  5. H. 'Lemon Lime'
  6. H. 'Love Pat'
  7. H. 'Manhattan'
  8. H. 'Millennium'
  9. H. 'Moonlight Sonata'
  10. H. 'Neptune'
  11. H. 'Niagara Falls'
  12. H. 'Old Glory'
  13. H. 'Olive Bailey Langdon'
  14. H. 'One Man's Treasure'
  15. H. 'Orange Marmalade'
  16. H. 'Pearl Lake'
  17. H. 'Pewterware'
  18. H. 'Pineapple Upsidedown Cake'
  19. H. 'Prairie Sky'
  20. H. 'Queen Josephine'
  21. H. 'Rainbow's End'
  22. H. 'Regal Splendor'
  23. H. 'Robert Frost'
  24. H. 'Sagae'
  25. H. 'Salute'
  26. H. 'Satisfaction'
  27. H. 'Sharp Dressed Man'
  28. H. 'Silver Bay'
  29. H. 'Spartan Arrow'
  30. H. 'Spilt Milk'
  31. H. 'Squash Casserole'
  32. H. 'Stained Glass'
  33. H. 'Striptease'
  34. H. 'Sum and Substance'
  35. H. 'Summer Breeze'
  36. H. 'Sun Power'
  37. H. 'Tiny Tears'
  38. H. 'Torchlight'
  39. H. 'Touch of Class'
  40. H. 'Victory'
  41. H. 'Whirlwind'
  42. H. 'Wolverine'
  43. H. 'World Cup'

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