Category Archives: Hosta

Bewildered by My Hosta

The saga of my ‘Orange Marmalade’ hosta goes back almost 10 years now. Every year this hosta has emerged in a different color combination starting with this one during its very first year in my yard: As it aged, it … Continue reading

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Hosta ‘Whirlwind’

Hosta ‘Whirlwind Tour’ has leaves with a lighter-green center that are supposed to turn a cream or white color in summer. For some strange reason my plant has always kept the two-tone shades of green, but that’s okay because I … Continue reading

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‘Great Expectations’ Hosta

When someone says a hosta is slow-growing, I’m not sure what that’s supposed to mean. Will it take 5 years to reach its final size? Ten? I’ve grown Hosta ‘Great Expectations’ for several years now, and it already has a … Continue reading

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Hosta ‘Dream Queen’

Hosta ‘Dream Queen’ grows slowly, but eventually reaches 26-28 inches tall and spreads 2.5 to 5 feet. My plant hasn’t grown much at all since I purchased it last spring. At maturity the thick leaves are blue-green with a cream-colored … Continue reading

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Hosta ‘Rainforest Sunrise’ Surprise

Hosta flowers are an afterthought to me, but I was rather impressed with the display from ‘Rainforest Sunrise’ this summer. My plant looked almost overwhelmed by the huge flower stalk: ‘Rainforest Sunrise’ won the 2013 Hosta of the Year honor. … Continue reading

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Green Marmalade?

My ‘Orange Marmalade’ hosta was very bright and eye-catching when I first got it, but every year since then it’s lost more and more of its color: After 4 years in my yard it looked like this: Now after six … Continue reading

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Hospitable Hostas

I’m thrilled to see any foliage pop out of the ground after a long winter, but there’s something especially refreshing about hostas. The leaves are so perfect when they first unfurl and the bunnies and slugs haven’t yet taken any … Continue reading

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Not-so-orange Marmalade

Every year my Hosta ‘Orange Marmalade’ plant loses a bit more of its color. The first year in my garden it looked like this: Two years later it looked like this: This year, another two years since the photo above, … Continue reading

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The Year of the Hosta

My hostas look fantastic this summer. I think the drought did a number on the slug population last year because I haven’t seen a single one yet. Usually ‘Sitting Pretty’ is riddled with holes by now, but instead it really … Continue reading

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Hosta ‘Great Expectations’

I’m slowly adding more hostas to my flowerbeds as my yard gets shadier. I still find hostas rather boring, but they certainly are carefree plants, and as a bonus the bunnies don’t seem at all interested in them. I’ve heard … Continue reading

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