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As many of you know we love our shade plants at Phoenix Perennials and work hard to offer one of the most exciting selections in Canada. That also applies to our selection of Hostas. This year we have a bumper crop of tried and true favourites and smouldering hot new intoductions.

In this Made in the Shade Alert we present to you some of our selection organized by various useful categories: tricolour hostas, fragrant hostas, sun-tolerant hostas, unusual foliage hostas, miniature hostas and red-stemmed hostas. In addition to the cultivars listed below we have many more interesting specimens available.

Hostas are one of the most diverse group of foliage plants for the shade garden and offer great summer flowers. Spruce up your shade garden with some of these amazing plants!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

Tricolour Hostas - New breeding work brings us variegated hostas with three different colours in each leaf rather than just two.
Hosta 'Ivory Queen' - 'Ivory Queen' is a regal, medium sized, tricolour hosta with creamy-white leaves bordered by a wide blue margin with green jetting between the two. The flowers are pale lavender. The leaves have a thick substance and nice pointy tips. Hosta 'Flash Forward' - 'Flash Forward' is a sport of 'Deja Blu' with wider and more pronounced variegation. It has blue-green to medium green leaves with chartreuse margins which lighten to yellow-green in summer. As the leaves mature, they develop a characteristic white lightning bolt between the centre and the margin. The flowers are light lavender.
Hosta 'Cool as a Cucumber' - 'Cool as a Cucumber' is a large sized, incredibly showy, tricolour hosta. Its white variegated foliage is notably upright in youth but quickly develops into a gracefull arching mound. The long, pointed leaves have mid green margins which jet into light green towards the clear white centre. The flowers are white or light lilac. Hosta 'Alligator Alley' - 'Alligator Alley' is a medium to large sized hosta that forms a mound of thick, leathery, puckered, heart-shaped to round, triclour leaves. The leaves have wide blue-green margins with chartreuse centres that become yellow in summer and jets of light green between the two. The flowers are white or light lilac.
Hosta 'Snake Eyes' - This unique tricolour hosta is a sport of 'Striptease' with wider white streaks that separate the narrow light green central region of the leaf from the bluish green edges. 'Snake Eyes' grows into a medium to large-sized hosta with great presence in the garden.
   
Fragrant Hostas - There are both older tried and true cultivars as well as new introductions that offer intense fragrance to the summer garden.
Hosta 'Royal Wedding' - 'Royal Wedding' is a medium sized sport of 'Diana Remembered' with glossy green, rounded leaves with wide, creamy yellow margins fading to white. The flowers are white and sweetly fragrant. Hosta 'Avocado' - 'Avocado' is a sport of 'Guacamole'. It has the same dramatic large chartreuse leaves of 'Guacamole' but wider dark green edges. The white to pale lavender flowers are fragrant. Leaf colouration intensifies with more light and age.
Hosta 'Fragrant Blue' - Huge, heart-shaped, blue foliage of good substance and with a slight wave and ripple that makes an impact in the shade garden. Topped with fragrant, pale lavender to white blooms in July. An excellent large blue foliage hosta. Hosta 'Fragrant Dream' - This is a large hosta with dark green leaves edged with a narrow yellow margin that fades to white by summer. Topped with fragrant white to near-white blooms in summer.
Hosta 'Honeybells' - This vigorous and distinctive cultivar forms a loose, open mound of oval to heart-shaped wavy-margined, lustrous, pale green leaves. In late summer, fragrant, white, sometimes lavender-blue striped flowers bloom on leafy stalks. Hosta 'Royal Standard' - This is a large hosta with bright green leaves topped with fragrant, white blooms tinged with lilac in summer.
Hosta 'Sugar and Spice' - This sun tolerant and fragrant hosta has the shine of a plastic plant, medium green with a bright cream to white margin which is very exciting to the eye. It has good substance and makes an attractive somewhat upright clump. It also sports very fragrant lavender flowers in August. Hosta 'Stained Glass' - The brilliantly shiny golden foliage is surrounded by a two inch wide dark green margin. This vigorous sun tolerant grower makes a 3-4' wide clump, topped in late summer with large, very fragrant, light lavender flowers! A sport of the popular ‘Guacamole’.
   
Miniature Hostas - They are so cute and so collectible. Miniature hostas can be 2-6 inches tall and are great in containers, the front of the shade border or along pathways.
Hosta 'Church Mouse' - 'Church Mouse' is like a frazzled version of 'Blue Mouse Ears'. It is a unique miniature with wavy blue-green leaves. It has attractive purple flowers. Miniature hostas are great in shady containers or troughs, at the front of the border or along pathways. Dangerous for collectors who will want to have many more than just one! Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears' - Small round bluish-green leaves are comprised of a substance so thick you have to feel it to believe it. Lavender flowers on short scapes proportionate to the clump top it in midsummer. A must-have mini hosta for the collector and rock garden enthusiast. 2008 Hosta of the Year! Miniature hostas are great in shady containers or troughs, at the front of the border or along pathways. Dangerous for collectors who will want to have many more than just one!
Hosta 'Frosted Mouse Ears' - This hosta has blue-green to dark green centres with wide creamy white to yellow margins and purple flowers. Miniature hostas are great in shady containers or troughs, at the front of the border or along pathways. Dangerous for collectors who will want to have many more than just one! Hosta 'Holy Mouse Ears' - This hosta has thick creamy white to yellow leaves with uneven blue-green margins. The purple flowers appear on short scapes in July. Another interesting plant in the unique 'Blue Mouse Ears' family, this is a sport of Hosta 'Royal Mouse Ears'. Miniature hostas are great in shady containers or troughs, at the front of the border or along pathways. Dangerous for collectors who will want more than just one!
Hosta 'Lucky Mouse Ears' - This hosta has thick blue-green leaves with a wide creamy-yellow border. It is a sport of 'One Iota Supreme'. Miniature hostas are great in shady containers or troughs, at the front of the border or along pathways. Dangerous for collectors who will want to have many more than just one! Hosta 'Snow Mouse Ears' - Hosta 'Snow Mouse' is a white to yellow centered sport of hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears. Miniature hostas are great in shady containers or troughs, at the front of the border or along pathways. Dangerous for collectors who will want to have many more than just one!
   
Sun-Tolerant Hostas - Sometimes you want some bold foliage in a sunny spot. These sun-tolerant hostas will give you that. Remember that sun tolerance increases when soils have good moisture.
Hosta 'June Spirit' - 'June Spirit' is a medium sized hosta that forms a distinctive mound of shiny leaves with wide, deep green margins and chartreuse centers that turn yellow in summer if planted in part sun. The flowers are pale lavender. Hosta 'August Moon' - 'August Moon' is a hosta classic that is perfect for lighting up the dark spaces in your shade garden.It also has fragrant, lilac flowers that bloom in summer and exhibits good sun tolerance especially in soils with reasonable moisture.
Hosta 'Blue Umbrellas' - 'Blue Umbrellas' has huge, puckered, blue foliage that makes an impact in the shade garden and also in brighter locations as this cultivar exhibits good sun tolerance, especially in sunny locations with good soil moisture. It is topped with lavender blooms in July. Hosta 'Flemish Sky' - 'Flemish Sky' is one of the bluest hostas available with powder blue foliage that is broad, lightly rippled and cupped and tapers to pointed tips. Pale lavender flowers in late summer. Good vigour, substance and sun tolerance.
Hosta 'Paradigm' - This is a large hosta with bright gold leaves edged with a wide blue-green margin. The leaves are of thick substance with nice corrugation which minimizes slug dammage. Topped with pale lavender flowers in summer. Exhibits good sun tolerance especially in soils with good moisture. Hosta 'Stained Glass' - The brilliantly shiny golden foliage is surrounded by a two inch wide dark green margin. This vigorous sun tolerant grower makes a 3-4' wide clump, topped in late summer with large, very fragrant, light lavender flowers! A sport of the popular ‘Guacamole’.
Hosta 'Sugar and Spice' - This sun tolerant and fragrant hosta has the shine of a plastic plant, medium green with a bright cream to white margin which is very exciting to the eye. It has good substance and makes an attractive somewhat upright clump. It also sports very fragrant lavender flowers in August. Hosta 'Sun Power' - A large sun-tolerant hosta with bright gold leaves that are slightly twisted providing a unique look. It is topped with lavender blooms in summer.
Hosta 'Touch of Class' - Very thick, pointy, blue-green leaves with a narrow, central streak of pale yellow. Great slug resistance and sun tolerance.
 
Unusual and Improved Foliage Hostas - These cool hostas offer a little extra in terms of foliage form or colour.
Hosta 'Electrocution' - 'Electrocution' is a hosta that looks like it stuck its finger in the electrical socket!. It is a medium sized hosta that forms an upright mound of tightly rippled, twisted, long and narrow leaves. The leaves are green with yellow margins which lighten to creamy yellow in summer and are slightly shiny. In mature plants, the petioles may have red speckling. The flowers are lavender. Hosta 'Happy Dayz' - 'Happy Dayz' is a sport of 'Orange Marmalade' with wider, more blue green margins. The leaves have good substance with yellow centres which brighten to parchment and margins that turn green by summer. The flowers are light lavender.
Hosta 'Praying Hands' - 'Praying Hands' is the most un-hosta looking hosta to ever hit the market. Each small, 18" wide clump is composed of strangely folded, dark green crinkled leaves, each with a narrow cream border resembling a multitude of hands folded in prayer. The upright clumps are topped with 18 inch spikes of light lavender flowers in late summer.
 
Towards a Red-Leaved Hosta - Breeders are working with red-stemmed hotas to get that pigment to go up into the leaves. Eventually we'll be gardening with red-leaved hostas!
Hosta 'Island Breeze' - 'Island Breeze' is a sport of 'Paradise Island' with more impressive variegation due to its wider margins, thicker leaf substance and a stronger growth rate. The leaves have wide, dark green margins standing in sharp contrast to the bright yellow centers and are held on red speckled petioles that bleed up into the leaves. The flowers are dark lavender and held on red scapes.

 


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