HELENIUM (Sneezeweed) Red
and Gold. 3-4'. Brilliant red or gold "daisies"
with prominent centers for late summer. Moerheim
Beauty is rich red, Waldtraut
HELIANTHEMUM (Rock Rose). These cheerful>
Double flowered, green foliage.
Double cherry red flowers.
Gray foliage enhances bright orange flowers.
Ripple. Gray foliage, striped rose flowers.
Single lemon yellow flowers in June.
HELIANTHUS (Perennial Sunflower) decapetalus
Capenoch Star stands 3-4 ft. and carries single lemon
yellow flowers for a sunny spot. Hirsutus
is 6 ft. Lemon Queen
carries light yellow, single, 2-3 flowers on 5-7 ft. stalks
(False Sunflower) may be single or double flowered
and typically is orange gold. 3-4 ft.
is a recent introduction
featuring single yellow 2 daisies over green and white variegated
foliage. The plant gets about 3 ft tall and wide, and seems
to stand up well. Stunning. This is a patented plant and hard
to get. We have discovered that it throws a high percentage
of variegated seedlings, the best of which weve been growing
on for evaluation.
HELLEBORUS (Hellebore) begins blooming with the early bulbs,
and may be colorful>Orientalis
(Lenten Rose) and closely related hybrids do especially
well here in Central New York, as does foetidus
the (not) stinking hellebore. We have grown most of the well-known
strains and now have a fine crop of ready-to-bloom 2-year
plants for you. Our first babies from the Heronswood black,
yellow, and double strains should bloom in 2003. Not all types
and strains available at all times.
Distinguished by striking foliage.
Green flowers, similar to Bells of Ireland. Wester
Flisk is a coveted
selection with red stems; we have
selected seedlings ready for sale.
(Christmas Rose) 10".White flowers. Slow grower
14-20".Green flowers, early Spring. Limited.
(Lenten Rose). Rosy pink flowers in mid Spring.
3" purple/green flowers on 12" stems.
HEMEROCALLIS (Daylily). The daylily was the Wunderkind of
the 80s garden, with breathtaking new colors, patterns and
forms added to the natural hardiness and drought and disease
resistance of the species. Unfortunately, theres a worm in
the daylily garden, or more accurately, a fungusAsian
daylily rust. While the rust is treatable, it is also
very spreadable and is now rampant in the Deep South, where
most hybridizing has been centered for the last 30 years.
What this means for Central New York growers is the necessity
for great care when bringing plants in from other gardens,
and vigilance over existing plants. At this point, we are
being extremely cautious about new plants, which will restrict
our collection of the fancier varieties while our Southern
colleagues get a handle on this annoying problem. For
the very latest info, see the American Hemerocallis Society
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We grow 800+ varieties; most of these have been selected
for award-winning qualities. We emphasize bud count, foliage
quality, winter hardiness and other garden-worthy attributes
in our selectionsthis is one plant family where a pretty face
is definitely not enough! Standard pricing in the daylily
world is based on bare-root, blooming-size, double fans, and
that is the basis of our complete list, available separately.
Prices range from $5 to $60, with most varieties selling in
the $5 to $10 range. The best way to choose plants, however,
is in the flesh, so plan to visit the garden several times
from late June through early August. (You might like to make
a daylily tourthere are several excellent growers in our area.)
Daylily lovers know that it's OK to plant bareroot daylilies
from April through October and we are happy to dig for you
during the week if you want to take advantage of quantity
pricing for a large planting. Most gardeners like the convenience
of potted plants, however. Each year we pot a variety of colors,
sizes and types.
If you have just discovered daylilies, please note that over
50,000 varieties have been registered. We may not have the
one you want, but may have a look-alike. (The official registration
lists help us with this.) You should also be aware that new
introductions sell from $60 to $250 for a single
fan; we are not likely to have a large supply of these but
will recommend reliable sources for plants we cant supply.
Join the AMERICAN HEMEROCALLIS SOCIETY
Individual dues $18/year
phoenix flower farm will give you a $10 credit
toward future purchases if you join through us.
NEED LOTS OF DAYLILIES? Try our "Best Foot
Forward" bare root mix of colors and seasons. One-to-three
fan mature divisions (depends on variety) are trimmed
and ready to plant. Varieties our choice, but tell us
how you plan to use them so we can select the best plants
for you. 50 for $135, 100 for $235.
HEUCHERA (Coral Bells). Slender stems carry many tiny pink-to-red,
or white, bells above rosettes of leaves. In most cases these
prefer at least partial shade. Most will repeat bloom if the
stem is twisted off after flowers fade. June
Bride is a white flowered variety.
Since the introduction of micrantha
Palace Purple in
the Eighties, red-purple foliage has been the focus of hybridizing
and there are now hundreds of cultivars, most of which have
more or less silver veins or patches. A few that have proven
good doers as well as beautiful>Dales Strain, Montrose
Ruby, Pewter Veil,
Chocolate Ruffles, Molly Bush, Plum Pudding, and Ring
of Fire. Petite
Pearl Fairy, Petite
Ruby Frills and several relatives continue the purple
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to a miniature size 8 or 10 clumps. At first these purples
had tiny white flowers; more recent hybrids have pink or red
bells, like the more traditional green-leafed Coral Bells
species). Another direction is silver splotching on green
leaves. Mint Frost
is one such, Monet
A boon to four season gardening is
villosa Autumn Bride (24"). Lime green foliage
erupts in fountains of white flowers in September: Groundcover for
light shade, cut flower. Finally , take a look at related
HIBISCUS. Flowers look like large single hollyhocks. This
is a semi-shrub that comes up fresh from the crown each year
around Memorial Day. (Yes! These are hardy in Zone 5. Dont
confuse them with the shiny leafed tropicals.) Exciting hybrids
carry blossoms the size of dinner plates on 3-7 ft. plants.
Colors range from white through all shades of pink to bright
red. Some have eyes of contrasting color. These start flowering
in August. Our newest favorite is Kopper
King, sporting bronze foliage and white flowers with red
centers and pink veins. Lord
Baltimore and Maroon
Giant are old reds. Sweet Caroline and Disco
Belle Pink are good pinks. Each year we try two or three
Plaintain Lily). Originating in Asia, primarily Japan, a few
of these have a long history of use in American gardens. Hybridizing
during the past 30 years has developed over 2000 named varieties.
Also, new species are still being "discovered" (becoming
familiar to Americans).
Most hostas do best
in light shade, making this family the backbone of a shade
garden. Gold and light
green varieties tend to tolerate and even like more sun,
while "blue" leafed varieties show their color better
in more shade. Variegation ranges from white to yellow; it
may change during the summer and according to the amount of
shade provided. Hostas welcome moisture and a good garden
soil, but established
plants are extremely drought-tolerant, popular for use
under shallow-rooted trees like maples.
An encouraging characteristic of hostas is that they have
adventitious buds. In plain language, the
more you cut them apart, the faster they increase. They
are also extremely hardy (Minnesota is the heart of hosta-land.)
and can be transplanted almost any time the soil can be worked.
We like best to divide them in early May when the leaf buds
are just showing above the ground, or in mid-September. Every
hosta lover despises slugs and snails. We
are now offering Sluggo which is an organic molluscicide labeled
for vegetable>rumored to have slugs as big as rats.
Most hostas take some time--three to five years from seed--to
show their true characteristics. Large-sized varieties may
reach a six foot diameter
or more at maturity, so keep that in mind when choosing
The nomenclature for hosta is confused, as they say in the
botany trade; please bear with us. If you think we are confused,
please say so. The
best way to choose hostas is to see a mature clump growing;
some of the varieties listed below are new and expensive,
but we aim to have an established clump by the time the price
moderates. You'll find some in each category at our base price.
Descriptions include a clump diameter x height figure (inches)
if available, otherwise size category. Flower height is not
included. Some hostas have very attractive or fragrant flowers;
these are noted. Otherwise, keep 'em or cut 'em according
to your own opinion.
In this update weve included the names only of varieties
in short or uncertain supply or that we havent grown long.
Hostaphiles will be interested in checking out our specimen
clumps. Helen is always happy to talk hosta and compare notes
with other afflicted parties.
Join the AMERICAN HOSTA SOCIETY
Individual dues $25/yr
phoenix flower farm will give you a $10 credit
toward future purchases
if you join through us.
Abiqua Drinking Gourd.
30 x 18. Blue-green, deeply cupped and heavily corrugated
leaves; near white flrs early.
Aqua Velva. 36
x 28 blue-green. Profuse white blooms.
15 x 7. Heavy textured, charming small one.
Big Daddy. 36
x 24. Vigorous, very puckered sieboldiana, lavender flowers.
Bigfoot. 50 x34.
Very similar to sieboldiana Elegans.
Blue Angel. 72
x 30. The largest of the big blue sieboldianas; good form,
Blue Belle. 38
x 16. Ovate blue leaves, purplish flowers.
Blue Blush. 12
x 6. Fine blue tardiana by Smith.
Blue Cadet. 15
x 12. Neat, perfectly round clump; lavender flowers in June.
30 x 14. Round blue leaves, pale lavender flrs.
20 x 14. Mounds of pointed, slightly wavy intense blue leaves.
Excellent substance. One of David Smith's tardiana hybrids.
42 x 32. Good grower, takes sun.
Blue Moon. Small
tardiana from the 70s.
Blue Plate Special.
Medium size. Thick, slightly cupped leaves, white flowers
in early summer.
Blue Seer. Med.
Holds color well. White flowers.
24 x 22. Upright shape, heavily textured powdery blue foliage;
white flowers. Vigorous!
30 x 18. Textured, cupped wide leaves, pearly white flowers.
Good foliage color. If sieboldiana
'Elegans' is too
big, try this one.
28 x 16. Deep blue, corrugated tokudama.
12 x 6. Similar to Blue Moon but grows better.
Elvis Lives. Medium.
Arching arrow-shaped leaves on this fine blue by Tony Avent.
Small plant with chalky blue foliage; lovely near-white, slightly
fragrant flowers. Excellent because of its tendency to produce
new leaves all season.
24 x 14. Neat, heavily textured, extremely blue leaves. Full
shade to half sun.
12 x 8. A lesser known tardiana.
Halcyon. 24 x
15. Neat, perfect clumps of round, well-substanced leaves,
attractive lavender flowers; gets our vote for best medium
Jester. 30 x
18. Blue-green, irregular yellow edge in Spring. Loses variegation
36 x 36. Upright, vase-shaped, shiny blue leaves. 6' flower
One of the bluest and biggest at 48 x 26.
Love Pat. 24
x 14. Heavily corrugated round leaf. A mature specimen is
Pearl Lake. 30
x 14. Frost blue heart shaped leaves; recommended for edging
Salute. 18 x
12. Semi-upright, wavy blue leaves, white flrs.
Sea Lotus Leaf.
24 x 20. Leaves round, rugose, cupped.
Very blue leaves, smooth texture.
16 x 12. Small, dense, blue clump.
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Elegans. Granddad of the big blues; large, round leaves
make a great clump. Very popular.
36 x 22. All blue version of Pauls Glorylarge pointed leaves,
Medium. Glossy lance-like leaves similar to Invincible; from
the same breeding.
14 x 6. Light green heart-shaped leaves; a selection of nakaina,
with ridged scapes, lavender flowers.
38 x 20. Shiny, dark green round leaves. Heavily corrugated
with some cupping.
Bubba. 24 x12.
Shiny, medium green hosta by Avent.
15 x 12. Petite glossy green heart shaped leaves make a dense
24-36 x 16-20. Dull green, matte finish, wavy edge silver
to white, flowers white.
Fried Green Tomatoes.
54 x 25. All green form of Guacamole with all the great plantaginea
26 x 67. Spectacular tetraploid hosta: shiny dark green foliage,
deep lavender flowers. Imposing.
48 x 26. Large, wavy green leaves, dense clusters of lavender
x 20. This is a fragrant, medium-to-apple-green standard;
26 x 14. Black-green and glossy; leaves 10 x 8; flowers white.
x 10. Shiny dark green leaves are reputed to be pest resistant.
Fragrant. Already a standard.
36 x 22. Green pointed leaves, lavender flrs. mid-season;
all green form of Francee.
Lakeside Black Satin.
Lg. Very black-green, glossy leaves.
Lakeside Neat Petite.
18 x 8. Heart-shaped green leaves. Clusters of bright purple
17 x 12. Shiny, spear-shaped dark green leaves quickly make
perfect clumps; one of the best. Pretty lavender flowers a
24 x 9. From the improbable union of Sum and Substance (largest)
with a venusta seedling
(miniature) comes a mid-size strappy leafed plant whose shiny
foliage is so dark as to appear black.
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Maruba Iwa. Miniature,
shiny green round leaves. May be tender beyond Zone 5.
40 x 24. Large, pointed leaves form a draping mound. Near-white
36 x 30. Large gray-green cupped leaves on an upright growing
clump. Pale lavender flowers on scapes to 6 ft. (Parent of
Krossa Regal but more green than gray.)
42 x 18. Narrow wavy green leaves; lavender flowers well above
48 x 28. Shiny, bluish dark green leaves, moderate inverted
cupping. Distinctive mound.
(August Lily). 24 x 18. Light green, glossy leaves; large,
fragrant, white lily-like flowers in August.
As above but double flowers. Widely sought-after.
Large. Deep green leaves, large clusters of hyacinth-like
28 x 10. Shiny dark green leaves, 18 red purple scapes, purple
flowers in late summer.
Medium green hosta with red petioles.
38 x 18. Plantaginea child; fragrant white flowers and glossy
foliage like its parent, but darker green. Less vulnerable
to late Spring frost.
24 x 10 Shiny green leaves and red spotted scapes have to
be a source of the red scape craze among hybridizers. It is
attractive in and of itself. Lavender flrs.
Saishu Jima. Miniature
(5 x 3) is neat under a large gold or blue.
12 x 4. Dark green and extremely narrow leaves are lightly
20 x 12. Our favorite red-stemmed variety, for its substance
and the presentation of the flowers. Limited supply.
Sweet Bo Peep.
36 x 22. Shiny dark green leaves, pale lavender flowers; an
This light green medium size hosta is fragrant. Makes a good
36 x 15. Shiny green leaves, deeply veined, with lightly rippled
margins; flrs purple August-Sept.
32 x 20. Glossy, dark green leaves; large clumps have a layered
look. Lovely hoop-petticoat purple flowers.
4 x 3. Diminutive species has purple flowers on 9" stems.
Heart shaped dark green leaves on a plant for the shaded rock
Aspen Gold. 60
x 24. Chartreuse-gold leaves, corrugated & cupped; white
flowers. Very special!.
30 x 20. Large round leaves are heavily corrugated. Good chartreuse-gold.
Gold. 30 x 18. Chartreuse-gold color holds all season,
tolerates up to 3/4 sun. A vigorous standard gold.
14 x 5. Cutest little wavy gold hosta we haveand a good grower
x 22. Distinctive bright gold plant. Stays gold in shade.
12 x 6. Strappy yellow leaves, becoming apple green late in
the summer. Vigorous edger; a sieboldii
Strong medium sized plant holds color well; somewhat slow
Gold Drop. 14
x 6. Small heart-shaped leaves form a nice clump; good edger.
Gold Edger. A
bit larger than 'Gold Drop'; rapid increaser; standard edger.
Gold Regal. Powdery
gold-to-apple green, heavy substance, vase shape; very tall
scapes with purple flowers.
Medium.. Slow, but excellent color; tokudama heritage.
Medium sized, deep gold.
15 x 12. Helen's favorite--intensely gold all season, rapid
Large, gold sieboldiana.
14 x 7. Bright gold narrow wavy leaves; lavender flowers midseason.
36 x 16. Stunning rippled gold foliage in Spring becomes lime
green in Summer. Slow grower.
King Tut. 26
x 12. 6 round, corrugated leaves, from tokudama
heritage; slow but worth the wait.
Limey Lisa. 20
x 10. Unusual spoon-like gold leaves on this mini; they turn
lime green later in year.
Lemon Lime. Medium-small.
Compact mound of lanceolate gold leaves. Purple striped flowers.
8 x 6. Puckered oval leaves stay gold all season. Neat habit.
Lavender flowers in July. Limited.
16 x 6. Yellow, ovate-lanceolate leaves; flat.
40 x 20. Leaves yellow, cordate, flat; flowers funnel-shaped,
white. Eunice Fisher Award 1978.
Rising Sun. 48
x 23. Large, rounded, shiny gold leaves, lavender flowers.
Another winner by Aventincluding the name! Big, gold, ruffled,
fast-growing. Takes full sun with adequate moisture. Its distinguishing
feature is black scapes.
Sum and Substance.
72 x 20. Round leaves up to two feet across, bright gold;
grows even better in sun. The "giant pumpkin" of
Sum of All. Display
Sun Power. 36
x 22. Bright gold pointed leaves. Upright habit; somewhat
slow. One of the best.
Super Bowl. 22
x 18, erect. Leaf yellow, deeply cupped, rugose. Flower white.
A tokudama hybrid.
Sweet Tater Pie.
30 x 10. Display only.
Narrow, wavy leaves are bright yellow in Spring, become green
by summer. Good grower.
Small. Exquisite flat-growing cream-gold likes sun. Limited
Wogon (Gold). 12
x 6. A named yellow sieboldii.
Zounds. 30 x
16. Golden yellow, with heavily puckered leaves; requires
at least 1/2 sun. Very limited.
HOSTAS WITH MARGINAL
Abba Dabba Do.
Large sport of Sun Power has white edges on dark green, same
fine form as its parent.
Abby. 30 x 10.
Antioch. 36 x
20. Imposing green with wide white margins; holds color in
sun. Visitors' favorite.
x 15. Blue-green w/creamy margin; sport of Hadspen Blue.
40 x 20. Sieboldiana
'Elegans'. sport. Some say the same as Frances Williams. Blue,
with yellow-to-green edge.
Brave Amherst. Medium
sized blue-green leaves encircled by a bright gold margin.
Medium. Best variegated tokudama (grows
faster than most). Puckered gold, streaky blue margin.
Brim Cup. Medium
size, dark green leaves with broad cream-to-white edges; cupped.
32 x 20. Large rounded corrugated green leaves. Margins go
from yellow to cream to white during the season. The name
is for pyramidal clump shape of young to moderate aged plants.
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32 x 24 Green-edged gold. Possibly a better Great Expectations.
12 x 8. Green, creamy-white margin.
Crested Surf. 8 x 5. Green with variable creamy margin and
wavy, from tip to petiole base.
32 x 24. Dark green leaves with a thin, pure white margin.
x 18. Wavy grayed green heart-shaped leaves with creamy white
margins; dense clusters of lavender flrs.
Dark Star. Medium,
narrow-leafed blue, edged cream. Large lavender flowers in
22 x 13. Dense mound of 4 x 3 medium green leaves with white
margins, purple flowers.
30 x 18. White, with a wide blue-green margin; cupped, corrugated,
nearly round leaves.
x 24. Rounded green leaves with a nice yellow edge, good texture.
20 x 14. Reversed Golden Tiara: Yellow center aging to chartreuse,
dark green edge. Same neat habit as the rest of the family.
30 x 20. Very fragrant violet flowers on this green-with-white-edge
New England origination.
(gn). See Green and Gold, which this probably is.
x 17. 10x7 leaf. Green with heavily rippled , pure white margin.
A Lachman cultivar from Massachusetts.
38 x 14. Wide, creamy yellow to white
margins on blue-green center; lavender flowers in July.
Fire and Ice.
Small-medium sport of Patriot has white centers, dark green
margins on lanceolate leaves, lavender flowers on white scapes.
Lacks vigor, in our opinion.
Albo-marginata (Silver Crown). Medium-large. Elongated
dark green leaves with variable creamy white borders form
draping mound. The workhorse of green and white hostas.
(Gold Crown, Yellow Band).
Medium-large. Dark green leaf with a gold rim that
holds all summer. Makes a neat and striking clump.
45 x 17. Handsome dark green, white edge, occasionally streaking
22 x 18. Apple green with broad cream edges. Exceptionally
well-formed and sweet-scented flowers.
Francee. 36 x
24. Green, heart shaped leaves with narrow, clean white margins;
takes sun. A classic.
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40 x 20. Sport of blue sieboldiana
'Elegans' is very popular. Heavily corrugated when mature.
Irregular wide yellow border shades to light green . Tendency
to burn with restricted moisture.
Very large. Dark green heart-shaped leaves, held horizontally;
neat white edge. Elegant
Gaijin. 12 x
3. Light green leaves with creamy margins on this miniature;
purple striped flowers.
30 x 24. Blue green, gold edge. Display.
Geisha (aka Ani
Machi). 30 x 14. Gold twisted leaves held upright have green
margins; contrast sharpest early in the season. Purple flowers
10 x 6. Another useful>
Up to 36 x 20. Possibly the best variegated hosta at modest
price. Dark green edge and chartreuse center, which bleaches
lighter in sun. Vigorous.
Golden Crown See
20 x 14. Neat mounds of round green leaves
precisely edged in gold. Rapid grower; good edger.
30 x 20. Sieboldiana 'Elegans' sport has a gold center, which
turns creamy, surrounded by wide blue-green edge. Near-white
flowers. A distinctive example of this very popular color
Green Gold. Medium.
Dark green oval leaves with creamy yellow border, becoming
white. Similar to Francee. It's been around a long time, but
its still good.
Medium. Green leaves with wavy creamy white margins. To 3/4
Very classy mutation of Fragrant Bouquet; apple green, glossy
leaves margined by wide green edge. Large fragrant flowers
sized sport of Candy Hearts with creamy-white margin. Choice.
48 x 24. Chartreuse-gold leaves with green margins, fragrant
white flowers. A sport of Royal Standard from Solberg; it
should be marvelously vigorous.
x 24. Hosta guru Tony Avent says this is one to drool>
Large green with white edge, lavender flowers in summer; flat.
Exhibiting all the colors of a tropical sunset, this dwarf
will brighten your landscape. Yellow centered leaves (changing
to white in bright light) are edged in green. Reddish leaf
petioles and flower scapes, lavender flowers.
Heart-shaped yellow-to-white leaves with emerald green edge.a
smaller Gold Standard.
Julia. 32 x 16.
Vigorous semi-upright round leafed dark green hosta with 1/3
creamy white leaf margins. Nice small-medium cultivar.
June. 15 x 15.
We're most excited about this cream-centered sport of our
beloved Halcyon. Our friend Fran Drumma (You should see his
hosta collection!) first called it to our attention. Absolutely
unique! Morning sun recommended for best color.
Just So. 10 x
5. A classic little one, with narrow chartreuse leaves, darker
Kabitan. 15 x
10. Our favorite little guy. Narrow ruffled chartreuse leaves,
darker green edge. Don't know why this is hard to get; it
seems to be a good grower. Limited.
Kifukurin Ko Mame. 6". Long shiny green leaves, two-tone
border of cream and yellow. A collector's hosta.
12 x 5. Almost round 3 x 2.5 light green leaves with .5 creamy
margin; slightly rippled and slightly shiny. Medium lavender
32 x 18. One of the best white margined hostas. Thick, rippled
leaves with strong contrast. Pale lavender flowers early summer.
Sport of the brilliant Little Aurora. Gold centered,
bold green edge; Sultana reversed.
Little White Lines.
18 x 8. Leaves 4 x 2, medium green, with white margins; purple
flowers in summer.
x 14. Creamy white 6.5 x 3.75 leaves with dark green margins;
lavender flowers. Tissue culture sport of Patriot, reverse
Medium size, leaf 10 x 9, yellowish green with irregular green
margin, cordate, rugose. Distinctive form.
Mama Mia. Small.
Dark green, wavy leaves featuring wide margins of gold, gradually
fading to cream. At first frost, entire plant reverts to gold;
pale lavender flrs early summer.
Medusa. 12 x
6. Leaf 4 x 1, creamy white with .25 medium green margin,
slightly rippled; slightly shiny above, very shiny below.
Pale purple flower in August.
36 x 20. Gold centered, green edged leaves; a distinctive
sport of Shade Master.
Medium size, medium green, with just the right amount of creamy-white
edging. Rapid grower.
57 x 25. Cream margined sport of plantaginea;
shiny. Display only.
Sport of Patriot; maybe a better grower.
Aureomarginata. 40 x 24. Very wide yellow margins on light
green, pointed leaves make this very large plant spectacular.
The mid-season near-white flowers are a plus. Probably the
most wanted hosta today; slow growing.
Moon River. 18
x ll. Blue-green round leaf with variable, streaked white
margin; lavender flrs on 18 scapes in July. Medium to slow
growth. Another Lachman cultivar.
Night Before Christmas.
30 x18. Semi-upright. Leaf 8 x 3, creamy white to white, with
.75 medium green, smooth margin, slightly shiny above, moderately
twisted. Requires a careful>
Sport of sieboldiana
'Elegans', of the 'Frances Williams' type, only more so--heavily
corrugated and more contrasty. Also a better grower. Creamy
yellow margins, on flat leaves.
Another Frances Williams type; Northern Halo leaves tend to
be very flat, or
cupped at the rim.
x 12. Medium green leaf bordered and streaked with black green;
slightly shiny on top. Sport of Sparkling Burgundy. Lavender
flrs late summer.
On Stage. Perhaps
the best of the new green-edged golds; yellow leaf centers
turn to cream later in season. Nice form.
Patriot. 36 x
24. Becoming the standard "variegated one". The
outer half of the leaf is irregularly banded white, the center
a dark forest green. The exceptional contrast, almost a sculptured
look, is distinctive. A good grower too, but likes more sun
Medium. This is a hosta to die for. The gold center fades
to white in summer, surrounded by a blue-green streaked margin.
Site it in a pool>
Pilgrim. 21 x
8. Gray-green leaf, with wide, irregular creamy white edge.
14 x 6. Narrow white leaves, green edge; similar to Masquerade
but local grower Kevin Rawlings says it is more stable.
leaves with wavy creamy-white
margins on a frosted blue base. Dense masses of white flowers
mid to late summer.
16 x 10-16. Yellow-green, variable white margin; oval leaf.
Princess of Karafuto.
According to Schmid, this is the same as Ginko Craig; we havent
grown them side-by-side yet.
42 x 17. yellow margin on a shiny dark green leaf; lavender
flowers. A plant with presence.
30 x 12. Green with variable chartreuse margin; some streaking
Rascal. 20 x
18. Lt yellow with dark green margin. Display.
30 x 24. Variegated sport of Krossa Regal, blue with narrow
creamy edge, vase shape. Similar to Sagae and an equally distinguished
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20 x 12. White centered selection from June, with variable
green margins. NEW in 2003.
24 x 50. Good contrast between the wide white margins and
bluish leaf centers. Whitish flowers on 30 scapes in July.
Another of the Lachman New Englanders.
Sagae (was fluctuans
'Variegated'). 30 x 24. Blue-green huge heart-shaped leaves
with a creamy yellow border. Habit is upright and vase-shaped.
Fast growing for a large hosta.
Saint Elmos Fire.
24 x 16. Leaf 4 long by 7 wide. Leaf center emerges bright
yellow, turning green. Half inch margin is pure white. Leaves
slightly shiny top and bottom. A second flush of yellow leaves
emerges in summer, giving tricolor effect. Display.
36 x 15. This green-edged chartreuse-gold variety is a sport
of 'August Moon', which we consider one of the best landscaping
hostas in this area. Near-white flowers in late Summer.
24x16. Green-to-gold, white edge.
x 14. Dark green with creamy white edge.
(formerly 'Minor'). 12 x 6. Narrow green leaves edged
white. Shade to full sun.
Snow Cap. 36
x 24. Blue-green, white margin. Purple striped flowers in
So Sweet. 18
x 15. Green leaves emerge with a gold edge which quickly turns
creamy white. In late summer, fragrant, nicely shaped white
flowers bloom. A Hosta of the Year.
Stiletto. 8 x
6, very erect. Lanceolate, wavy medium green leaf with very
narrow white margin; purple striped flowers on 12 scapes.
Very neat, rapidly increasing mini.
Sugar and Cream.
46 x 26. Creamy-white-margined form of Honeybells. Fragrant,
Sultana. 11 x
7 clump. Leaf broadly ovate, dark green, with chartreuse margin.
Flowers white, bell-shaped on 10 scape. Little Aurora mutation.
Slow for a dwarf. Striking edger.
Sum of All. 82
x 32; leaf 16 x 12. Claimed as the best gold edged sport of
Sum and Substance to date, coloring up early in the season
and with thick substance and slug resistance. Introduced in
2000. Display only.
Medium. Large white leaf center, bordered by yellow-gold and
edged chartreuse. Slow growing.
Super Nova. Large
gold-centered sieboldiana has a wide blue-green margin. White
flowers, heavy substance.
Long lanceolate green leaves, substantial white margins.
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x 13. Green with variable cream margin.
20 x 13. Cupped, puckered yellow with blue-green edges; slow
growing but very fine.
48 x 17. Reverse of above.
x 18. Vase-shaped mound of green leaves with white margins
show off the purple-red petioles. Lavender flowers.
x 20. Dark green leaf with 1.5 medium gold margin. Shiny above,
glaucous below, lightly corrugated.
Twist of Lime.
22 x 10. Small gold leaves, with narrow green margins. Sport
of Lemon Lime.
Albo-marginata. 28 x 18. Green leaves edged with a broad
white band. Tolerates sun; nice clump.
32 x 20. Variegated, heart shaped, twisted leaves. Cream margins
that turn white contrast with the dark green base.
Vera Verde. 12
x 4. Lanceolate green leaf, white margins.
Verna Jean. Display.
Variegated sport of petite blue Pearl Lake; same lavender
flowers, vigorous growth rate.
36 x 22. Medium green leaf, margins yellow turning to white.
Lavender flowers in July.
20 x 12. This selection of H. Undulata has large areas of
white which stay white longer than the parent.
Wide Brim. 36
x 22. Mounds of 7" x 5" blue-green leaves have creamy
irregular margins which darken with age. Vigorous.
28x60. Impressive large mound of gold-edged foliage becomes
dense with age. Lavender flowers July and August. Medium growth
Yellow Splash Brim.
24 x 18. Egg-shaped leaves with striking creamy edges, dark
HOSTAS WITH MEDIAL
24 x 14. Heavy substanced blue green, streaks of gold midseason;
sport of tokudoma Aureo-nebulosa
Small-medium clump; lanceolate green leaf with white center.
Scape and petiole red.
22 x 14. Sport of Golden Tiara. Chartreuse leaf with dark
New foliage of this small New Zealand offering is a fresh
blue, with greenish-cream mottling which darkens to blue-green
with maturity. New growth continues to contrast as the season
progresses. White flowers in late summer.
called venusta Variegated).
6 x 4. Now believed to be H.
sieboldii x H. venusta.
Original color green, to which it may
revert, with white medial variegation. Charming miniature.
Mountain Snow. Large. White margins, a hint of streaking,
white flowers on 40" scapes. Handsome clump!
x 18. Loyalist with characterto quote the originator. Dark
green, with cream center, speckled green. Heavy substance.
PPAF; NEW in 2003.
medium green; a unique center streak of yellow reverts to
green late in the season.
Spilt Milk. The
best of the streaked/splashed genre, in our opinion. Heart-shaped
leaves become textured and wrinkled in maturity. A collectors
x 20. Dark green with chartreuse center, with variable white
lines separating the other colors. Distinctive and attractive.
Tattoo. We mortgaged
the house for this distinctive Avent hosta. Each bright gold
leaf is tattooed with a green outline of a maple leaf. Truly
distinctive, and with good genesa child of Little Aurora.
Medium. Like the species, cupped and heavily puckered at maturity,
but a slow grower. Sport has a blue-green edge, ctr>
Twisted, leathery deep green leaves with white and chartreuse
streaked center. Very different.
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Flat mats, very tight and dense, covered with blue flowers.
Excellent in troughs or rock gardens, in sun. Long bloom period
Chameleon. 8". Colorful>
HUTCHINSIA alpina. Long-blooming with small white flowers
in clusters on 4 stems; low mats of feathery foliage. Easy,
but a first-rate rock plant, says one guru. Zones 3 7.
HYDRASTIS canadense (Goldenseal). This woodland native is
sought as a medicinal (we dont know the particulars), but
its umbrella-like leaves, crimson berries, are ornamental.