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Thursday, June 12, 2014
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm 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.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Posted By: Lyle Courtice A.H. in Shade Gardening

I have written about hosta (Plantain Lily) before but I cannot emphasize enough how wonderfully versatile these perennials can be.  A garden is not a garden without a hosta and even in these days of shrinking lots, decks and balconies the humble hosta comes to the rescue.

From tiny little dwarf forms like 'Blue Mouse Ears' to the titanic ....well "Titanic'!, there is a hosta to fit just about any location.  I have long grown hosta in containers as they are just about fool proof and so hardy they can be left out without fear of losing them over winter.  I even drove across Canada during one of the worst winter's in 66 years with several hosta in my trunk.  My stopover in Wawa Ontario got down to below -50, the hosta were fine but the antifreeze in the engine froze!!!

So before you pooh-pooh the hosta as being just a common perennial, stop and take a closer look - you just may be surprised at the diversity and selection there is available out there now.

Blue Ivory Hosta

Hosta ‘Blue Ivory’

WOW, an absolutely stunning hosta!  This sport of ‘Halcyon’ has ice blue leaves with a broad, clean ivory-white border.  Forms a medium size mound of thick, slug resistant leaves that hold well into fall.  Tall scapes (flower stalks) of lavender flowers appear in midsummer.

Height:  45cm  Spread:  75cm   Zone:  3

Blue Mouse Ears Hosta

 

Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’

Adorable miniature hosta with slightly cupped, round blue-green leaves resembling little mouse ears.  Lavender flowers in midsummer.  Plants have good substance and form perfect, tight little mounds.  ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ makes an excellent container or rockery specimen.

Height:  15-20cm  Spread:  30cm  Zone:  3

El Nino Hosta

 

Hosta ‘El Nino’

One of my absolute favorite hosta's, a sport of ‘Halcyon’ it retains the thick, ribbed chalky blue leaves but with an added pure white margin.  This “must have” hosta is simply stunning and forms an elegant mound with scapes of lavender blue flowers in midsummer, very slug resistant.

Height:  40-50cm  Spread:  60cm  Zone:  3

Fire Island Hosta

 

Hosta ‘Fire Island’

A bright and fresh looking hosta with round, pointed leaves that are a brilliant golden yellow in spring becoming chartreuse by summer, for added interest the leaf petioles and scapes are a contrasting purple-red.  The perfect specimen to bring some "living sunshine" into the shade garden; pale lavender flowers in summer.

Height:  30-40cm  Spread:  60-75cm  Zone:  3

Hosta ‘Great Expectations’

Stunning selection having broadly ovate leaves that are thick and puckered with a wide irregular blue green margin around a bold golden-yellow center which changes to creamy white by summer.  Very slow grower that may take several years to establish- but worth the wait.  Near white flowers in June.

Height:  50-70cm  Spread:  1-1.25m Zone:  3

Hosta ‘Hadspen Blue’

Powdery steel blue leaves that hold their colour all summer set this hosta apart as being one of the best blue forms ever.  Foliage is thick and cupped with heavy texture which = slug resistance.  Plants will form a nice rounded mound and sport tall scapes of pale lavender flowers midsummer.

Height:  40-50cm  Spread:  60-75cm Zone:  3

Hosta ‘Loyalist’

Reverse sport of ‘Patriot’ with leaves that have a deep green margin with a pure white center that is not prone to melting out.  Leaves have a heavy substance which affords them greater slug resistance.  Plants form a neat mound.  In summer creamy white scapes sport pale lavender flowers. Height:  40-50cm  Spread:  60-75cm Zone:  3

Stained Glass hosta Hosta

 

Hosta ‘Stained Glass’

Superb sun tolerant hosta that will form a mound of wavy, corrugated, heart-shaped, leaves.  Colour is chartreuse to golden yellow (some direct sun will bring out more gold) with an irregular dark green border.  Slightly fragrant pale mauve flowers, 2006 Hosta of the Year. Height:  50cm  Spread:  90-120cm  Zone:  3

Hosta ‘Touch of Class’

Specimen type hosta having very thick pointed leaves of powdery blue-green with a pale yellow center streak.  Plants are very sturdy and form low mounds, pale lavender flowers in July.  A sport of 'June' that is very classy indeed. Height:  40-60cm  Spread:  60-75cm Zone:  3

* Photography courtesy of HarkAway Botanicals

All of these Hostas and many others are generally available at Art's Nursery. As always, please call in advance to confirm availability as our stock changes frequently.


Saturday, April 13, 2013
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Shade Gardening

When it comes to Hostas, no quantity is too much. Some people collect stamps, others collect cars, and gardeners collect Hostas. There are Hostas for every shade garden; blue ones, yellow ones, green ones, striped ones, variegated ones, monsterous ones and even tiny little miniature ones. That’s today’s topic: Four petite little hostas that are sure to draw oohs and aahs.. These little treasures are ideal for use as an accent in the shade garden or as a treasure for your containers.

Like all hostas, these plants prefer shade to part shade in moist, but well drained soil. They don’t need too much food, but an application of balanced fertilizer in early spring will get them growing well. The toughest part of growing Hostas is protecting them from turning into salad for slugs and snails. There is no simple solution – this is a battle of attrition folks - use all available weapons! The list would include slug beer traps, slug bait, copper strips and even diatomaceous earth. Once you’ve steeled yourself to the harsh reality of growing hostas, here are four darling little hostas to try.

Miniature Hosta Collection

Hosta ‘Trifecta’

Trifecta is miniature hosta with foliage that is a couple of shades of light green with a white central blotch. Its pale-lavender flowers bloom in mid to late summer. Forms a low mound and is somewhat drought tolerant once established. Best in shade or part shade. Grows 6 inches high and up to 12 inches across.

Hosta ‘Harkaway Mini Gold’

This locally grown selection features elongated, rounded leaves in shades of golden yellow. Vigorous grower. Can be used in shade gardens, containers or even as a groundcover. Early summer produces dainty lavender flowers. Tolerates a fair degree of sun, although best in part shade. Grows 5-8 inches in height and 10-12 inches across. Hardy to zone 3.

Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’

This miniature little hosta has thick blue-green leaves. Foliage is vaguely round drawing a comparison to mouse ears. Grows 8-10 inches in height. Best grown in shade or part shade. Perfect for rock gardens and containers.

Hosta ‘Little Sunspot’

Little Sunspot Hosta forms a sturdt mound of foliage, topped with lily-like, pale lavender blooms in early to mid-summer. Foliage is golden yellow, boldly edged in deep green.  Excellent hosta for edging, mix containers and shade gardens. Grows 12-14 inches in height and 1-2 ft in spread.

Like all hostas, these varieties die back in the fall and winter, then they remerge the following spring. P.S: we have lots of slug solutions for you too! :)

If you have questions about these or any hostas, please feel free to drop by and visit us at Arts Nursery, or call 604.882.1201 during business hours. Always call ahead to confirm availability as our selection and stock is always changing


Monday, June 13, 2011
Posted By: Lyle Courtice A.H. in Perennials

Hosta Touch of ClassEven after more than 30 years of growing Hosta I am still awed at the versatility of these amazing and adaptable perennials. 

No garden is complete nor can do without these essential foliage plants.  They are one of the few plants that can adapt, survive and yes thrive in our west coast environment.

 Hosta’s add a needed foliar element as either backing for other plants, contrast or interest on their own.  As container plants they are indispensible as one can shift and move them around where and as needed. 

Hosta’s are very hardy, even in containers and tolerate our wet and highly fluctuating winters with relative ease.

They are not just your grandmother’s shade plants anymore, with the staggering amount of new varieties being offered there is something for everyone from more sun tolerant varieties to those that resist predation by slugs and other leaf-munching pests.  Many of the newer Hosta’s have improved colouring that holds through the season and there are even some that have nice fall colouring as well (see picture).

Fragrance is not often something we think about when planting a Hosta but we should as there are a few select forms (see below) that have wonderfully fragrant lily-like blooms.  So come out and take a second look at the Hosta, I am sure there is at least one that will find its way into your garden…



More Sun Tolerant Slug/Pest Resistant Fragrant

  • Canadian Shield
  • Dream Queen
  • Guacamole
  • Harkaways Mini Gold
  • June
  • Patriot
  • Stained Glass

  • Barbara Ann
  • Blue Mouse Ears
  • Captain Kirk
  • Dream Queen
  • Elegans
  • El Nino
  • Fire and Ice
  • Fire Island
  • First Frost
  • Fragrant Bouquet
  • Harkaways Mini Gold
  • June
  • Pauls Glory

  • Diana Remembered
  • Fragrant Bouquet
  • Guacamole
  • Stained Glass

A Few Of My Favourite Hostas:

Hosta El Nino
Hosta ‘El Nino’
One of my absolute favorite Hosta’s, a sport of ‘Halcyon’ it retains the thick, ribbed chalky blue leaves but with an added pure white margin.  This “must have” Hosta is simply stunning and forms an elegant mound with scapes of lavender blue flowers in midsummer, very slug resistant.
Height:  40-50cm  Spread:  60cm  Zone:  3





Hosta fire and Ice
Hosta "Fire and Ice"
Striking reverse sport of the ever popular 'Patriot', the leaves of 'Fire and Ice' have a heavy substance and a slight twist, your eyes are drawn to their pure white centers surrounded by a dark green edging.  Attractive midsize Hosta that makes a great specimen, tall scapes of lavender flowers in midsummer.  Slug resistant.   Height:  50cm  Spread:  75cm  Zone:  3






Hosta Blue Mouse Ears
Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’
PLANTAIN LILY – Adorable miniature Hosta with slightly cupped, round blue-green leaves resembling little mouse ears.  Lavender flowers in midsummer.  Plants have good substance and form perfect, tight little mounds.  ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ makes an excellent container or rockery specimen. Height:  15-20cm  Spread:  30cm  Zone:  3
Photo courtesy of Ontario Rock Garden & Hardy Plant Society




Hosta Canadian Shield
Hosta Canadian Shield




Hosta ‘Canadian Shield’
This medium sized Hosta forms a sturdy mound of thick, waxy, deep green leaves, scapes of pale lavender flowers in August.  This selection has good slug resistance and is more sun tolerant.
Height:  40-50cm  Spread:  90cm  Zone:  3




Hosta Harkaways Mini Gold
Hosta Harkaways Mini Gold






Hosta ‘HarkAway’s Mini Gold’
A selection by HarkAway Botanicals this vigorous groundcover Hosta makes a wonderful accent with its narrow leaves of golden yellow and scapes of dainty lavender flowers in early summer; an excellent Hosta for mass planting or in containers; sun tolerant.
Height:  10-15cm  Spread:  30cm  Zone:  3




Art's Nursery carries an amazing variety of Hostas as well as many other shade loving perennials. Call 604.82.1201 for availability or drop by and browse anytime. We look forward to serving you!

*Photos Courtesy of Harkaway Botanicals

Lyle Courtice Lyle Courtice, A.H.

 Lyle is a certified Horticultural Technician (Niagara College), Landscape Designer, Nurseryman and the proprietor of HarkAway Botanicals. He is a guest blogger for Art's Nursery and his plants are available through us.

Since 1980 Lyle has worked in both the retail and wholesale sectors of the horticultural trade; he operates his own wholesale nursery, which focuses on an eclectic mix of rare and choice plant material from Asia, Europe and North America.

Lyle has appeared on The Canadian Gardener and is a contributing author to A Grower’s Choice (Raincoast books 2001).  His horticultural expertise makes him sought after as a consultant, lecturer, photographer, instructor and writer.  An industry veteran, Lyle is esteemed within the horticultural community for his passionate and often humorous enthusiasm for plants.

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