1 The enclosed garden behind the Summer House is filling in as more trees, shrubs, and other plant materials are planted.
2 I recently ordered more than fifty hosta plants, about twenty-five different varieties. They came bare root, two to a package.
3 Hosta 'Afterglow' displays green, heart-shaped leaves with stunning, wide, yellow margins. The large leaves and upright mounding habit make this an excellent addition to the landscape. In early summer, pale lavendar, funnel-shaped flowers top the clump. This is an outstanding specimen hosta that can stand on its own or be enjoyed with other hostas and plants!
4 Hosta 'Heat Wave' has thick, leathery leaves with a chartreuse-yellow center surrounded by a very wide blue-green border. Rapid growth rate. The good contrast between the center and margin holds all season. Topped with lavender flowers midsummer and can take quite a bit of sun.
5 Hosta 'Seducer' - With enough summer heat, 'Seducer' develops white between the center and margin.
6 Hosta 'Queen of the Seas' has beautiful thick, blue-green heart-shaped leaves that have heavily rippled margins. Won "Best in Show" at the AHS convention leaf show in 1997. Near-white flowers are produced in early to midsummer.
7 Hosta 'Paradise Island' has a dark green margin surrounding a bright yellow center and has stunning red petioles with some of the red seeping into the base of the leaves. The tri-color effect of this plant makes it a must-have for any display garden. Lavender flowers in midsummer.
8 Hosta 'Designer Genes' is known for its bright red petioles contrasted with bright gold foliage. Forms a medium-size mound. Purple flowers in July on crimson red scapes. Developed by Arthur Wrede of Maryland, a top breeder of red petioles.
9 Hosta 'Joy Ride' forms a wriggly, broadly mounding mass of very wavy , blue green leaves topped with light lavender flowers in midsummer. It adds terrific texture to shade gardens and combination container plantings.
10 Hosta 'Empress Wu' is the largest known hosta available! This massive plant forms a gigantic upright mound of huge, thick, dark green leaves topped with pale reddish violet flowers.
11 Hosta 'Maui Buttercups' is a small hosta prized for its bright gold, corrugated, cupped leaves. Foliage of heavy substance demonstrates good slug resistance. Near-white flowers. Works well in containers, rock gardens, or the from of the border.
12 Hosta 'Great Expectations' is acclaimed as one of the world's most beautiful hosta varieties-the number one seller of all time! It's a nice yellow in the spring, turning butter-colored later on, or white if it gets a lot of sun. The center will turn green if it's in a lot of shade. The leaves have a perfect heart-shape and look great in bouquets.
13 Hosta 'Orange Marmalade' is unique in that it is brightly variegated all season long. The leaf center emerges a glowing yellow-gold, later turning a golden-orange, the result of an extra orange pigment in the leaf center. Orange is a rare color in hostas!
14 Hosta 'Key West' is bright gold with a slightly rippled margin. The large, moderately twisted, heart-shaped leaves with long petioles and "wavy" upright appearance make 'Key West' an eye-catcher. A mature clump can reach 6' wide. Bright filtered light draws out the gold coloration.
15 Hosta 'Wishing Well' is a large hosta that holds its beautiful blue color even when planted in 2/3 day of sun. Its uniquely textured leaves emerge cupped and unfold as they mature. More slug resistant and near-white flowers.
16 Hosta 'Fire Island' is perfect for the shaded garden! Eye-catching chartreuse foliage has red petioles. This outstanding foliage plant is excellent as an edging or specimen in perennial gardens or mixed plantings, or as a small-scale ground cover. Attractive with ferns and astilbe.
17 Hosta 'Blue Angel' is a top-seller that forms a massive mound of very large, powdery blue-green leaves of very heavy substance. The foliage is very durable and slug resistant. Light lavender flowers appear just atop the foliage.
18 Hosta 'Fragrant Blue' remains attractive from spring to frost and they increase in value with every passing year. It is a neat, compact grower with beautiful frosty blue foliage.
19 Hosta 'Komodo Dragon' is a giant hosta that forms a cascading mound of large, dark green leaves with rippled margins. Its commanding size makes it an outstanding specimen in the shade garden. Pure white flowers are held just above the foliage.
20 Hosta 'Hadspen Blue' has heavily textured, powdery-blue, heart-shaped leaves with heavy substance. Blue scale 1 (on a scale of 1-6, one being the bluest). Lavender flowers in midsummer.
21 Hosta 'Sum of All' is a giant variety with sun tolerant leaves that are slug resistant. Its height is 36-48".
22 Hosta 'Love Pat' is highly rated by American Hosta Society members for its intensely dark blue, thick, deeply cupped, quilted corrugated texture. This hosta won the Best Blue Leaf Award at the AHS Convention in 1988. A specimen hosta you can show off. Pale lavender flowers in early summer.
23 Hosta 'Mayflower Moon' is brightly colored and illuminates the shade garden with its chartreuse leaves that turn gold as the season progresses. The rugose textured, rounded leaves grow at a strong rate to form a medium sized mound. In early to midsummer, pale lavender flowers are produced above the foliage on chartreuse to gold scapes.
24 Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears' has small, round, heavily textured heart-shaped blue leaves. New spring leaves appear with fine white line along edges. Slug-resistant!
25 Hosta 'Old Glory' has gold heart-shaped, heavily corrugated leaves with an uneven dark green border and a third color is apparent where the primary colors overlap. Prominent veins and a rippled margin topped with lavender flowers create a superior specimen.
26 Hosta 'Blue Umbrellas' has large blue-green leaves that are beautifully textured, heavily ribbed, but not puckered. Leaf edges tend to curve downward, like an umbrella. White flowers. Its foliage is not very blue but it is a standout in the garden. Unusual shiny leaves for a giant 4'+ clump.
27 Hosta 'Blue Mammoth' is one of the largest blue cultivars available. The huge leaves are lighter blue than most of this type and are nicely puckered with lots of substance. Beautiful near-white flowers. Rapid grower. Slug resistant. Use as a specimen alone or in the background of your garden. A mature clump can get over 5' wide!
28 I thought that a mass planting of hosta would look great beneath the large gingko tree, where we also have cotinus, or smoketree growing. This area is quite shaded, which is good for hosta.
29 Ryan, my gardener, looked up the growing habits of each variety to determine proper placement. These plants are small right now, but hosta clumps grow larger with each season.
30 He placed giant plants, like 'Empress Wu' towards the back of the garden. Small, compact varieties were positioned towards the front.
31 This row of white allium, which was planted last autumn is just beginning to bloom.
32 It was a race to get the hosta positioned and planted before the predicted rain started to fall.
33 Ryan dug holes using a short garden shovel.
34 As you can see, the plants came well-rooted with lots of healthy foliage.
35 A bit of organic fertilizer was added to the hole.
36 And the hosta was planted.
37 Ryan placed an identifying marker next to each hosta.
38 Another job well-done! I'll keep you posted!