There are currently over 12,500 named hostas of which about 7,038 are actually registered with The American Hosta Society. As with any large collection of plants, there are some that have withstood the test of time and others have faded into quiet obscurity.

Listed below are some of the All-Time Classic Hostas as defined by Mr PGC himself. Of course, selection for this list is based on thorough research and long-term experience in the world of Hostadom. The highly scientific criteria used in the cultivar selection process provided that chosen cultivars must meet one or more of the following:

1. It has been around for a "long time".
2. It is a darn nice plant to have in your garden.
3. A hosta that most enthusiasts know or should know.
4. Used to create other great hostas by sport or seed.
5. It was interesting & unique when first introduced.
6. We have a picture of it.
7. Mr PGC thinks it belongs...after all it is his list.
 
CultivarPlant SizeLeaf ColorVariegationVar ColorOriginFlower ColorSeasonSourceRegistered
'Abba Dabba Do'LargeDark-GreenMarginalGreenish WhiteNat-SportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustAvent, Tony.1998
'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'LargeBlue/Green--HybridNear-WhiteJune into JulyPurtymun, Charles.1989
'All That Jazz'LargeDark-GreenMarginalWhiteHybridPure-WhiteJuly into AugustPetryszyn, Olga.2006
'Allan P. McConnell'MediumMed-GreenMarginalWhiteUnknownPale-LavenderJuly into AugustMcConnell, Allan & Seaver, Mildred.1980
'Allegan Fog'MediumMed-GreenMedialSpecklesHybridPale-LavenderJuly into AugustRuh, Peter.2000
'Ani Machi'MediumMed-GreenMedialGreenish WhiteUnknownLight-PurpleAugust to SeptemberRuh, Peter & Jean.2002 .2018
'Anna Karenina'----Unknown--Moore, Jeff--NR--
'Antioch'LargeMed-GreenMarginalCreamy WhiteHybridPale-LavenderJuly into AugustTompkins, Cynthia & Hofer, Paul & Ruh, Peter.1979
'Aphrodite'LargeMed-Green--Nat-SportPure-WhiteAugust to OctoberMaekawa, Dr Fumio, Schmid, W. & Walek, Kevin.2009
'Aspen Gold'LargeYellow--HybridNear-WhiteJune into JulyGrapes, Vivian.1986
'August Moon'LargeYellow--UnknownPale-LavenderJuly into AugustLangfelder, Richard & Ruh, Peter.1996
'Aureomarginata', H montanaLargeMed-GreenMarginalYellowUnknownPale-LavenderJulyMaekawa, Dr Fumio & AHS.1986
'Aurora Borealis'LargeBlue/GreenMarginalYellowNat-SportNear-WhiteJune into JulyRudolph, Thelma & Walters Gardens.1986
'Baby Bunting'SmallBlue/Green--HybridDeep-PurpleJune into JulySavory, Robert.1982
'Beatrice Breeder'MediumDark-GreenStreakedWhiteNat-SportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustZumbar, Wm & Walek, Kevin.2009
'Big Daddy'LargeBlue/Green--Nat-SportPure-WhiteJune into JulyShaw, Florence.1978
'Big John'GiantMed-Green--HybridNear-WhiteJune into JulyOwens, Clarence.1986
'Birchwood Elegance'GiantBlue/Green--HybridPure-WhiteJune into JulyShaw, Florence.1986
'Blonde Elf'SmallYellow--Nat-SportLight-PurpleJulyAden, Paul & Zilis, Mark.2010
'Blue Angel'GiantBlue/Green--UnknownPure-White-Shaw, Florence.1986
'Blue Cadet'SmallBlue/Green--HybridPale-LavenderJuly into AugustShaw, Florence.1974
'Blue Mammoth'GiantBlue/Green--HybridNear-WhiteJune into JulyAden, Paul & Ruh, Peter & Jean.2010
'Blue Mouse Ears'MiniatureBlue/Green--HybridPale-Lavender-Deckert, Emile & Jane.2000
'Bold Edger'MediumMed-GreenMarginalWhiteHybridPale-Lavender-Vaughn, Kevin.1983
'Brave Attempt'MediumBlue/GreenStreakedYellowNat-SportPale-LavenderJune into JulySilvers, Bill.2007
'Breeder's Choice'MediumMed-GreenMarginalWhiteHybridPale-LavenderJune into JulyVaughn, Kevin.1987
'Brim Cup'MediumMed-GreenMarginalCreamy WhiteHybridPale-LavenderJune into JulyAden, Paul.1986
'Brother Ronald'MediumBlue/Green--HybridPure-WhiteJuly into AugustSmith, Eric & BHHS.1988
'Brother Stefan'LargeYellowMarginalGreenish WhiteHybridPure-WhiteJune into JulyPetryszyn, Olga.1998
'Cascades'MediumBlue/GreenMedialWhiteHybridPure-WhiteJulyLachman, Wm & Eleanor.1993
'Cathedral Windows'GiantBlue/GreenMedialYellowTC SportPale-LavenderAugustHansen, Hans & Shady Oaks Nursery.2005
'Chartreuse Wiggles'SmallYellow--HybridLight-PurpleAugustAden, Paul.1976
'Cherry Berry'MediumBlue/GreenMarginalWhiteHybridLight-PurpleJuly into AugustLachman, Wm & Eleanor.1991
'Chinese Sunrise'MediumMed-GreenMarginalGreenish WhiteNat-SportPale-LavenderAugust to SeptemberSchaeffer, Robert & Ruh, Peter.1992
'Choko Nishiki'MediumMed-Green--Nat-SportPale-LavenderJulyAHS & Zilis, Mark.2012
'Choo Choo Train'LargeYellow--UnknownPale-LavenderJulyAvent, Tony.1999
'Christmas Tree'LargeDark-GreenMarginalWhiteHybridMed-LavenderJune into JulySeaver, Mildred & Vaughn, Kevin.1982
'City Lights'LargeYellow--HybridNear-WhiteJune into JulyAden, Paul.1978
'Color Glory'LargeBlue/GreenMedialYellowHybridPale-Lavender-Aden, Paul.1980
'Crispula'LargeMed-GreenMarginalWhiteUnknownPale-LavenderJulyMaekawa, Dr Fumio.2001
'Curly Fries'MediumLight-Green--UnknownDeep-PurpleAugustSolberg, Robert.2008
'Decorata'MediumDark-GreenMarginalWhiteUnknownDeep-PurpleJuly into AugustBailey, Liberty Hyde & AHS.2001
'Designer Genes'MediumLight-Green--HybridLight-PurpleJulyWrede, Arthur.2005
'Dick Ward'LargeYellowMarginalBlue-GreenNat-SportPale-LavenderJune into JulyHatfield, Handy.1991
'Don Stevens'MediumMed-GreenMarginalWhiteUnknownLight-PurpleAugustSeaver, Mildred.2005
'Donahue Piecrust'LargeMed-Green--HybridPure-WhiteJune into JulyDonahue, Thomas & Ruh, Peter.1999
'Dorothy Benedict'MediumMed-GreenStreakedYellowHybridNear-WhiteJune into JulyBenedict, Dr Ralph (Herb).1983
'Dorset Blue'SmallBlue/Green--UnknownPale-LavenderAugustSmith, Eric & Aden, Paul.1977
'Dream Weaver'MediumBlue/GreenMedialWhiteNat-SportPure-WhiteJuneRuetenik, Bonnie & Walek, Kevin.1996
'Earth Angel'GiantBlue/GreenMarginalCreamy WhiteNat-SportNear-WhiteJune into JulyHansen, Hans.2002
'El Niño’MediumBlue/GreenMarginalWhiteHybridPale-LavenderJuly into AugustWarmerdam, Piet.2003
'Elata'GiantDark-Green--UnknownPale-LavenderJune into JulyHylander, Nils & AHS.2002
'Elatior'GiantBlue/Green--HybridNear-WhiteJuly into AugustMaekawa, Dr Fumio & Ruh, Peter.2002
'Elegans'GiantBlue/Green--UnknownPale-LavenderJune into JulyArends, George & AHS.1987
'Ellerbroek'LargeMed-GreenMarginalYellowNat-SportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustHylander, Nils & Ellerbroek, Paul & Ruh, Peter.1996
'Empress Wu'GiantDark-Green--HybridPale-LavenderJune into JulySkaggs, Virginia & Brian.2008
'Fascination'MediumMed-GreenStreakedCreamy WhiteHybridPale-Lavender-Shaw, Florence & Ruh, Peter.1978
'Feather Boa'SmallYellow--HybridLight-PurpleJulyO'Harra, Russ.1991
'Fire and Ice'MediumMed-GreenMedialWhiteNat-SportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustHansen, Hans.1999
'First Frost'MiniatureBlue/GreenMarginalCreamy WhiteNat-SportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustScolnik, Patricia & Solberg, Robert.2002
'Flamboyant'MediumYellowStreaked-HybridPale-Lavender-Tompkins, Chet & Aden, Paul.1978
'Fortunei'LargeMed-Green--UnknownPale-LavenderJuly into AugustUnknown--NR--
'Fragrant Bouquet'LargeMed-GreenMarginalYellowHybridPale-LavenderJuly into AugustVaughn, Kevin & AHS.1982
'Francee'MediumMed-GreenMarginalWhiteUnknownPale-LavenderJuly into AugustKlopping, Minnie & AHS.1986
'Frances Williams'LargeBlue/GreenMarginalYellowNat-SportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustWilliams, Frances & Williams, Connie.1986
'Fried Green Tomatoes'LargeDark-Green--TC SportPale-LavenderAugust to OctoberSolberg, Robert.1995
'Frosted Jade'GiantMed-GreenMarginalWhiteHybridPure-White-Maroushek, Lillian.1978
'Geisha'SmallMed-GreenMarginalGreenish WhiteUnknownPale-Lavender-Vaughn, Kevin.1983
'Ginko Craig'MediumMed-GreenMarginalWhiteUnknownLight-PurpleAugust to OctoberCraig, Jack & Summers, Alex.1986
'Gold Drop'MediumYellow--HybridPure-White-Anderson, Kenneth.1977
'Gold Edger'MediumYellow--HybridPale-LavenderJune into JulyAden, Paul.1978
'Gold Regal'GiantYellow--HybridMed-LavenderJulyAden, Paul & Unknown.1974
'Gold Standard'LargeMed-GreenMarginalYellowHybridPale-LavenderJuly into AugustBanyai, Pauline.1976
'Golden Tiara'MediumMed-GreenMarginalGreenNat-SportDeep-PurpleJuly into AugustSavory, Robert.1977
'Great Expectations'MediumBlue/GreenMedialYellowNat-SportPure-WhiteJune into JulyBond, John & Aden, Paul.1988
'Green Angel'GiantMed-Green--TC SportNear-WhiteJuneKlehm, Roy.1990
'Green Fountain'LargeMed-Green--HybridPale-LavenderAugust to OctoberAden, Paul.1979
'Guacamole'LargeLight-Green--Nat-SportPale-LavenderAugust to OctoberSolberg, Robert.1994
'Guardian Angel'LargeBlue/GreenMedialWhiteNat-SportNear-WhiteJune into JulyThompson, Rick & Criss.1995
H. montana forma macrophyllaGiantDark-Green--UnknownPale-LavenderJune into JulySpecies Form from Japan--NR--
H. plantagineaLargeMed-Green--UnknownPure-WhiteAugust to OctoberSpecies from China--NR--
'Hadspen Heron'MediumBlue/Green--UnknownPale-LavenderJuly into AugustSmith, Eric & Aden, Paul.1976
'Halcyon'SmallBlue/Green--HybridPale-LavenderJuly into AugustSmith, Eric & AHS.1988
'Honeybells'LargeMed-Green--HybridPale-LavenderAugust to OctoberCumming, Alex & AHS.1986
'Inniswood'MediumYellowMarginalGreenNat-SportPale-LavenderJuneInnis Metro Botanical Garden.1993
'Invincible'MediumMed-Green--UnknownPale-LavenderAugustAden, Paul.1986
'Janet'MediumLight-GreenMarginalGreenNat-SportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustO'Harra, Russ.1981
'June'MediumYellowMarginalBlue GreenTC SportPale-LavenderAugustNEO Plants Ltd..1991
'Just So'SmallYellowMarginalGreenHybridPale-LavenderJune into JulyAden, Paul.1986
'Kabitan'SmallYellowMarginalGreenNat-SportLight-PurpleAugustMaekawa, Dr Fumio.1987
'Krossa Regal'GiantBlue/Green--UnknownPale-LavenderJuly into AugustKrossa, Gus & Summers, Alex.1980
'Lakeside Paisley Print'SmallDark-GreenMedialWhiteUnknownPale-LavenderJulyChastain, Mary.2006
'Lancifolia'MediumMed-Green--UnknownMed-LavenderAugust to OctoberUnknown--NR--
'Lemon Lime'MediumLight-Green--HybridDeep-PurpleJulySavory, Robert.1977
'Liberty'LargeBlue/GreenMarginalYellowTC SportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustMachen, John.2000
'Love Pat'LargeBlue/Green--HybridPale-Lavender-Shaw, Florence & Aden, Paul.1978
'Minuteman'LargeMed-GreenMarginalWhiteNat-SportMed-LavenderJuly into AugustMachen, John.1995
'Neat Splash'MediumMed-GreenMarginalWhiteHybridLight-PurpleJuly into AugustAden, Paul.1978
'Neat Splash Rim'MediumBlue/GreenMarginalYellowNat-SportLight-PurpleJuly into AugustAHS.1986
'Niagra Falls'GiantMed-Green--HybridPale-LavenderJulyBrincka, Wm & Petryszyn, 0lga.1991
'On Stage'----Duplicate--Duplicate Name--NR--
'Orange Marmalade'LargeMed-GreenMedialWhiteNat-SportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustSolberg, Robert.2002
'Pandora's Box'MiniatureDark-GreenMedialWhiteNat-SportLight-PurpleJulyHansen, Hans & Shady Oaks Nursery.1996
'Paradigm'MediumBlue/GreenMedialYellowNat-SportNear-WhiteJune into JulyPurtymun, Charles.2007
'Patriot'LargeMed-GreenMarginalWhiteNat-SportMed-LavenderJuly into AugustMachen, John.1994
'Paul's Glory'LargeYellowMarginalBlue-GreenNat-SportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustHofer, Paul & Linda & Ruh, Peter.1987
'Pearl Lake'MediumBlue/Green--UnknownPale-LavenderJulyStone, David & Payne, Frank.1982
'Piedmont Gold'LargeYellow--UnknownNear-WhiteJune into JulyStone, David & Payne, Henry.1982
'Praying Hands'MediumMed-GreenMarginalYellowUnknownPale-Lavender-Williams, Gerald.1996
'Queen Josephine'MediumMed-GreenMarginalYellowNat-SportPale-Lavender-Kuk, Bob.1993
'Rainforest Sunrise'MediumYellowMarginalGreenTC SportNear-WhiteJulyAnderson, Jim.2003
'Regal Splendor'LargeBlue/GreenMarginalCreamy WhiteNat-SportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustWalters Gardens.1987
'Royal Standard'LargeMed-Green--HybridPure-WhiteAugust to OctoberGrullemans, John J. & Wayside Gardens.1986
'Ryan's Big One'GiantBlue/Green--UnknownNear-WhiteJune into JulyEnglerth, Lawrence.1982
'Sagae'GiantYellowMarginalCreamy WhiteNat-SportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustWatanabe, Kenji.1987
'Saishu Jima'SmallMed-Green--UnknownDeep-PurpleAugustUnknown & Ruh, Peter.2002 .2018
'Sea Lotus Leaf'LargeBlue/Green--HybridPale-LavenderJulySeaver, Mildred.1985
'Sea Prize'LargeMed-GreenStreakedYellowUnknownPale-LavenderJulySeaver, Mildred & Walek, Kevin.2009
'Shade Fanfare'MediumMed-GreenMarginalCreamy WhiteNat-SportPale-LavenderJulyAden, Paul.1986
'Sharp Dressed Man'MediumMed-GreenMedialWhiteHybridPale-LavenderJulySolberg, Robert.2005
'Shining Tot'MiniatureMed-Green--HybridLight-PurpleAugustAden, Paul.1982
'So Sweet'LargeMed-GreenMarginalCreamy WhiteHybridPale-LavenderAugustVaughn, Kevin & Aden, Paul.1986
'Spilt Milk'LargeBlue/GreenStreakedSpecklesHybridNear-WhiteJune into JulySeaver, Mildred.1999
'Stained Glass'LargeYellowMedialGreenTC SportPale-LavenderAugustHansen, Hans & Shady Oaks Nursery.1999
'Stiletto'MediumMed-GreenMarginalWhiteHybridLight-PurpleAugustAden, Paul.1987
'Striptease'LargeDark-GreenMedialWhiteNat-SportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustThompson, Rick & Criss.1991
'Subcrocea'MediumLight-Green--UnknownLight-PurpleAugustAHS.1987
'Sum and Substance'GiantLight-Green--UnknownPale-LavenderJuly into AugustShaw, Florence & Aden, Paul.1980
'Sun Power'LargeYellow--HybridPale-LavenderJulyAden, Paul.1986
'Tiny Tears'MiniatureMed-Green--HybridPale-Lavender-Savory, Robert.1977
'Tokudama'MediumBlue/Green--UnknownNear-WhiteJune into JulyUnknown--NR--
'Tokudama Aureonebulosa'MediumBlue/GreenStreakedYellowUnknownPure-White-Unknown & AHS.1987
'Tokudama Flavocircinalis'MediumBlue/GreenMarginalCreamy WhiteUnknownPale-LavenderJune into JulyMaekawa, Dr Fumio.1987
'Undulata'MediumMed-GreenMedialWhiteUnknownPale-LavenderJulyBailey, Liberty Hyde & AHS.2001
'Undulata Univittata'MediumMed-GreenMedialWhiteUnknown--Hylander, Nils & AHS.1987
'Victory'LargeMed-GreenMarginalCreamy WhiteTC SportNear-WhiteJuly into AugustZilis, Mark.2003
'Whirlwind'MediumMed-GreenMedialCreamy WhiteNat-SportMed-LavenderJuly into AugustKulpa, John.1989
'Wide Brim'MediumBlue/GreenMarginalCreamy WhiteHybridPale-LavenderJuly into AugustAden, Paul.1979
'World Cup'LargeYellow--HybridPale-LavenderJune into JulyBeilstein, Doug & Zilis, Mark.2006
'Yellow River'MediumMed-GreenMarginalYellowUnknownNear-WhiteJulySmith, Eric & Ruh, Peter.1993
'Zounds'LargeYellow--HybridPale-Lavender-Shaw, Florence & Aden, Paul.1978
 
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