Thursday, June 12, 2014
Posted By: in Shade Gardening

Hostas are one of the darlings of the shade garden. Very few plants offer the variation in colour, texture, flower or form provided by hostas. We’ve lost count of how many types there are, but we’re sure the number is in the thousands. With that said, we often discover new varieties that catch everyones eye. Here are 10 relatively new hostas that we believe are worth your attention.

Hosta Blue Ivory

Hosta ‘Blue Ivory’

Wow, an absolutely stunning hosta that is a sport of the popular ‘Halcyon’. It has ice blue leaves with a broad, clean ivory-white border. Blue Ivory forms a medium sized mound and has thick, slug resistant leaves that last well into Fall. Tall lavender coloured flowers appear in mid-summer. Prefers shade to part shade in any well drained soil. Grows 45cm tall and 75cm wide. Hardy to zone 3.

Hosta Warwick Comet

Hosta ‘Warwick Comet’

Attractive hosta with nearly round, corrugated, cup shaped leaves with apple green colour and a yellow center. Matures to dark green with a creamy white center. Tall near white coloured flowers appear in late summer. Warwick Comet is a slow growing variety that is ideal as a container specimen. Prefers shade to part shade in any well drained soil. Grows 40-50cm high and 60-75 cm wide. Hardy to zone 3

Hosta Spartacus

Hosta ‘Spartacus’

Spartacus is a large growing Hosta cultivar with heart-shaped green leaves that have heavily rippled golden margins. The deeply veined leaves have a corrugated look. Pale lavender flowers grace the plant in summer. Foliage has a good substance and is sun tolerant. Prefers shade to part shade in any well drained soil. Grows 50-60cm tall and 1-1.5 metres across. Hardy to zone 3

Hosta Magic Fire

Hosta ‘Magic Fire’

Magic Fire is a sport of Sagae with a slightly wavy, medium to blue-green flame-patterned leaves with a bold golden-yellow margin. Margin turns creamy white by summer. Tall lavender flowers appear in summer. Magic Fire is a moderate grower with a dense compact habit. Prefers shade to part shade in moist, humus-rich soil. Grows to 45-60cm in height and 90cm spread. Hardy to zone 3.

Hosta Fire Island

Hosta ‘Fire Island’

Fire Island is a medium growing hosta with round, pointed leaves that are a brilliant golden yellow in spring becoming chartreuse by summer. Pale lavender flowers appear in summer. Petioles and scapes are a contrasting purple-red. Prefers shade to part shade in well drained soil. Grows 30-40cm in height and 60-75cm spread. Hardy zone 3

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Hosta ‘Ben Vernooij’

This is a fantastic new tetraploid sport of First Frost having intense blue leaves with a very wide feathered yellow margin. Holds its colour and form well until frost. Ben Vernooij has incredibly thick leaves that offer great slug resistance. Spikes of large lavender flowers in summer. Best when grown in shade to part shade in any well drained soil. Grows 45-60cm high and 75-90cm spread. Hardy to zone 3.

Hosta Stained Glass

Hosta ‘Stained Glass’

Stained Glass Hosta forms a mound of wavy corrugated, heart shaped leaves in colours ranging from chartreuse to golden yellow with an irregular dark green border. 2006 Hosta of the year. Slightly fragrant pale mauve coloured flowers appear in summer. While shade or part shade is best, some direct sun with bring out the best colour. Well drained soil is best. Grows to 50cm in height and 90120cm across. Hardy to zone 3

Hosta Dancing Queen

Hosta ‘Dancing Queen’

Dancing Queen Hosta features unique bright yellow leaves that retain their colour all season. Leaves are quilted with a prominent pie crust edge. Forms and elegant arching mound. Foliage becomes a softer yellow by summer. Spikes of pale lavender flowers appear in mid-summer. Prefers shade to part shade in any well drained soil. Grows 45-60cm in height and 75-90cm in spread. Hardy to zone 3

Hosta Orange Marmalade

Hosta ‘Orange Marmalade’

Orange Marmalade has been around for a few years but it is an absolutely stunning variety. It features deep green margins with a creamy yellow center that fades to white in summer. Both foliage and lavender flowers are lovely in bouquets. Flowers bloom in mid to late summer. Grows to 30cm tall and 30-60cm wide. Best in shade to part shade.

Hosta Paul Revere

Hosta ‘Paul Revere’

Paul Revere is a superlative hosta with slightly wavy leaves featuring dark green margins and pure white centers. Considered the most resistant to hosta melt-out. Tall scapes of light lavender flowers appear in summer and are accented with thick leaves that afford good slug resistance. Prefers shade to part shade in well drained soils. Grows 40-50cm tall and 60-75cm wide. Hardy to zone 3.

Dealing with Slugs & Snails On Your Hostas

Unfortunately, hostas closely resemble tasty salad to snails and slugs. Do what you can to physically remove slugs and snails from the area. Apply slug and snail bait where possible and consider other alternatives such as copper bands and diatomaceous earth. Some hostas offer slug resistance as their leaves are thicker and waxier – something that slugs and snails seem to avoid.

If you have any questions about these Hostas or other plants ,please feel free to give us a call at 604.882.1201 or visit Arts Nursery in person. If you are making a special trip for these varieties, please call in advance as our selection is always changing.

Rebecca van der Zalm

Rebecca van der Zalm

Rebecca is an owner and the ‘Plant Boss’ of Art’s Nursery Garden & Home, a large family owned garden centre in Surrey. Fueled by her passion for plants and the occasional grande vanilla latte, Rebecca strives to share her love of gardening at every opportunity. The goal: to offer more service, more selection and more fun.
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