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There has never been a yellow Hosta quite like Dancing Queen, and it will stand out in the shade garden like a shaft of sunshine i...n a dark glen! This large, wide Hosta is exquisitely rippled and quilted, its outstanding foliage attention-getting in any setting. The new leaves open bright gold in spring, turning a lighter shade as the season progresses. Long, pointed, and heavily rippled, they are held elegantly up and out from the center of the plant. With each passing year, they grow more intensely textured and beautifully substantial. In midsummer, the foliage is topped by pale lavender blooms on 28-inch stems. Largely insignificant, the flowers may be snipped and used as filler in the vase, or left on the plant to highlight the color contrast they present against the yellow leaves. Dancing Queen eventually reaches 18 inches high and spreads about 30 inches wide. Spectacular in the border, it is also superb for woodland settings, and can even be grown in a large container. It forms the natural centerpiece of any Hosta garden, standing out brilliantly against El Nino, Silver Bay, and 48438>Abiqua Drinking Gourd, among many others. Dancing Queen was bred by Kent Terpening, and thrives in partial to full shade. Very hardy and long-lived, it belongs front and center in your shade garden display. Do add it to the garden this season! Zones 3-9. read more

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Such a delight, Blue Mouse Ears sets exquisite soft blue-green leaves, gently curled, with the substantial texture youd expect fro...m much more mature specimens. A tightly mounded miniature, it keeps its distinctive color throughout the summer heat, looking as attractive in containers as it does in the shade border. No wonder it was named the 2008 Hosta of the Year! Leathery and heart-shaped, these small leaves discourage nibbling pests. They are infused with a rich aquamarine shade of blue-green that remains even in hot, sunny summer weather. Neat yet very dense, the foliage is topped in midsummer by lavender blooms held on short scapes in good proportion to the leaves below. A stunning presence, reaching just 6 inches high and 12 inches wide, Blue Mouse Ears is very highly sought for its size, color, foliage texture, and staying power! A sport of H. Blue Cadet, Blue Mouse Ears sets new foliage all season, often with a hint of gold at the base of the leaf. Use this compact plant in containers of all sorts, as edging, in the front of the shade border, and as an accent among green- and yellow-leafed plants. It tolerates partial to full shade, and prefers to avoid direct sun. Zones 3-8. read more

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Plant Patent #13,080. Eagerly anticipated, this sport of world-famous Hosta June exceeds its parent for color intensity and beauty...! Touch of Class is a magnificently thick-leaved, tricolored plant that keeps its cool blue tones right through summer heat. The only green youll see is the narrow band on each leaf where the brilliant gold flame overlaps with the jagged blue edging! Just a foot high and about 18 inches wide, Touch of Class makes a big impact in a small space. Its leaves are substantial, waxy, and nicely held, holding up to spring rains, summer heat, and autumn breezes. Heart-shaped and slightly downturned at the tips, they are puffy looking and texture quite beautifully over time, with a pleasantly quilted look as the vertical furrows become more pronounced. All Hostas improve with age, but Touch of Class really outdoes itself for foliage texture! Part of Touch of Classs vigor and strength comes from the fact that its a tetraploid, meaning that it has twice the chromosomes of diploid Hostas (such as its parent June). This is the beginning of a new trend in Hosta breeding -- the conversion of diploids into tetraploids with greater robustness. And if Touch of Class is any indication of the success of this idea, were in for a lot of tetraploids in the years to come! In midsummer this plant is topped by slender 2-foot stems bearing insignificant 1-inch lavender blooms, which may be cut away or kept, as you prefer. Its real beauty is the spring-through-fall display of spectacular tricolored foliage in the partly shaded garden! If youre new to Hosta growing, youre in for a treat. Like most Hostas, Touch of Class is very tolerant of just about any soil and weather conditions. Hardy from one end of the country to the other, it is very long-lived (plan on several decades!). Periodically you can dig it up and whack the rooty crown into several new plants, or simply let the older ones grow more magnificent with the passing of time! Space plants 18 inches apart in the garden or a large container. Very tolerant of heat, humidity, cold, and even drought (once established). Zones 3-9. read more

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Plant Patent Applied For. This sport of Diana Remembered adds a charming white margin to the large, deeply-ruffled foliage. The ef...fect is magnificent in midsummer when the white edging is mirrored by the snow white flowers that arise on 20-inch flower scapes. While most Hostas grow tiny, ornamentally insignificant flowers, Royal Wedding boasts 3 to 4 inch blooms that are almost reminiscent of Magnolia blooms and which are, fittingly, very fragrant. Royal Wedding is a brilliant choice for any shady spot. It will brighten up the woodland garden, add perfume to any shady back yard, and it will even fit in a container. The foliage and flower alike are worthy specimens that would fit well in a cutflower arrangement. The variegated, deeply-ridged leaves arise profusely on symmetrical mounds about 12 inches tall and 20 inches wide. The mound of foliage continues to grow through summer, making an excellent cover for dying bulb foliage. Not to mention the ornamental quality of the spade shaped, cream-and-green leaves! The flowers come on from mid to late summer, adding beauty and fragrance that will attract a lot of attention! Butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators will be just as eager to get a sniff as you are! Royal Wedding is easy to care for, being resistant to heat, cold, and a whole host of other conditions--just plant it in a well-drained, partly shaded spot, and it will do the rest! These enduring plants are even unfazed by urban pollution! But like most Hostas, their Achilles heel can be slugs. Though the thick foliage is hard for slugs to eat, it is not yet slug proof. So if you start to see any holes in the leaves, put out some slug bait. Space plants about 20 inches apart in well-drained, enriched soil, and keep them well-watered, particularly the first year, when they are getting established in their new home. Once established this Hosta becomes very vigorous and easy to care for, shrugging off heat, humidity and cold and keeping its royal bearing! Zones 3-9. read more

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Plant Patent Applied For. A sport of Paradise Island, this Hosta features the same golden, variegated, subtly ridged foliage as it...s parent and adds a few improvements: stronger variegation, thicker leaf substance, and a faster growth rate. Island Breeze is a brilliant choice for any shady spot. It will brighten up the shady border or woodland garden, it is small enough for the container, and the foliage is so phenomenal that it is even a great specimen or cut flower. For its versatility, performance, and vibrant foliage, this Hosta was named one of The Best New Shade Perennials for 2014 by Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. These beautifully veined, cupped leaves arise profusely on symmetrical mounds about 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide. A bold golden hue edged in deep green, they are eye-catching from across the garden, and make a nice ribbon of color through the border, a bright accent plant anywhere youve got a couple feet of garden space, and a lovely container specimen! In midsummer, small purple flowers will arise on reddish scapes up to 28 inches high, adding another note of visual interest to the eye-catching foliage. The flowers arent especially showy or long-lived, but in their tenure they provide the added bonus of attracting butterflies to your garden. As if Island Breeze needed to provide any further color, the red-speckled petioles also bleed some red tones into the display, making it all the more fascinating. Island Breeze is easy to care for, being resistant to heat, humidity, and a whole host of other conditions. These enduring plants are even unfazed by urban pollution! Like most Hostas, their Achilles heel can be slugs. Though the thicker foliage is harder for slugs to eat, it is not quite slug proof. So if you start to see any holes in the leaves, put out some slug bait. Best in at least sun to bring out the gold hues in the foliage, Island Breeze is a delight! Space plants about 20 inches apart in well-drained, enriched soil, and keep them well-watered, particularly the first year, when they are getting established in their new home. Indifferent to heat, humidity, and cold, this is a very vigorous and easy to care for Hosta! Zones 3-9. read more

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With a name befitting its origins in Virginia, this award-winning sport of the renowned Hosta Francee is elegant, formal, and brea...thtakingly beautiful! The heart-shaped leaves, 5 by 7 inches, have a deep, rich green center and broad (1-inch), jagged white margins. They arise in great profusion from the center of these mounded plants, creating many layers of fresh foliage. Bright purple shoots in spring and showy pale lilac flowers in early summer further enhance the beauty! Creating an elegant, formal, very neat look, the foliage remains crisp and variegated, even in the heat and humidity of southern summers! The plant quickly forms a neat, pest-resistant clump 12 inches tall and 30 inches wide. A carefree specimen for the shade garden, Patriot offers crisp, fresh bold color right up until frost! One quart pots. Zones 3-9. read more

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Plant Patent #20,774. My, Empress Wu, how you have grown! This astonishing Hosta is more like a shrub than a perennial, with leave...s 18 inches wide and flowers fluttering on stems 5 feet tall! Shake up the shade garden with beautiful, eye-popping Empress Wu! Magnificently quilted and heart-shaped, the foliage on this Hosta-and-a-half is lovely from spring through fall, its texture and substance improving with each passing year. In midsummer it is topped by lavender flowers, but the real beauty is the foliage itself. Dense, many-layered, and symmetrical, it is a glorious sight in the partly shaded garden! Empress Wu would make a nice specimen (solitary) planting, but it will be even better as a standout in the shade border, behind all the smaller Hostas and other hardy ferns. Expect passersby to stop in their tracks when they see this behemoth! Named for the only female emperor of China, Empress Wu was bred by Brian and Virginia Skaggs. It is descended from H. Big John x H. Zanadu, but easily outdoes both parents in magnitude and beauty! Like all Hostas, Empress Wu is very easy to grow in any well-drained soil receiving some shade. Once established in your garden, it tolerates heat, humidity, cold, and even drought effortlessly. If you want to divide this plant, simply whack it into pieces in late winter or early spring. But if you leave it intact, it will grow in stature and beauty more quickly. Very long-lived, it will grace your garden for decades! Enjoy this splendid and unusual Hosta! Zones 3-9. read more

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Incredible thick leaves that holds the crisp colors better than any similar types. A Burpee Exclusive of a hosta that thrives in t...he shady garden with incredible thick leaves that holds the crisp colors of the white center with dark blue-green margins better than any similar types. As prolific a grower as its parent, Dancing in the Rain, and very long lived. The light lavender spike flower sweeps over the variegated foliage in a very complementary fashion. read more

Burpee
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2010 Hosta of the Year Lavender flowers, intense blue-green leaves are bordered in bright gold. Holds well in the garden right up ...to first frost. read more

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