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Our own unique Northern Hybridized and Northern Grown

Hosta Introductions

 

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'Pale Moon Rising'

(Manhattan x Extrovert)

2017 Hosta Introduction

Hosta 'Pale Moon Rising'

Some hybridizing crosses beg to be made, seeming ripe with potential.  And such was the case with the cross that produced PALE MOON RISING.  The total uniqueness of MANHATTAN has long made it a personal favorite.  Its compact, rounded mound and wholly honeycomb rugosity on round leaves readily announces its garden presence.  Add to this its late spring emergence which always avoids frost.  Our introduction of EXTROVERT (from Tompkins’ lines) has proven  a top parent for us, producing kids with great rugosity and “extroverted” round leaf forms.  The merging of these two parent plants “clicked”.

 

In the cross of MANHATTAN and EXTROVERT I was hoping for something that might incorporate the good qualities of both parents.  Several blues and blue-greens were produced, many of which were quite nicely puckered or “honeycomb” in expression on rounded foliage (…a couple we really like for later introduction).   However, I was not expecting a seedling with the pale cream expression of PALE MOON RISING.  It does make some sense, though, as through the EXTROVERT background coming from Chet Tompkins’ lines there is the recessive genetic potential to produce cream/yellow/gold.  This goes back to one of his mother’s pale chartreuse seedling which he named Golden Galleon.  (G.G. emerges a ghostly pale cream and very slowly takes on a medium chartreuse tone.)

 

As you will note in the pictures here, PALE MOON RISING many positive traits from its parents:  (…pictures show mid season color expression)

  • Neatly rounded, compact clump form, strongly dimpled/honeycomb expression         
  • Very round, “extroverted” leaves
  • Very pleasing, pale cream color hue—emerging color is a ghostly pale cream,    which slowly takes on the creamy gold expression (in the pictures shown), and finally expressing clean chartreuse in late season

 

All good points!  BUT one more matter that bears positive impact is that PMR is THE latest emerging hosta that grows here on the farm, a quality stemming from MANHATTAN.  Consequently even with very late frosts here in Wisconsin, PMR has never been touched. 

 

Growth rate is average to a bit on the slower order.  Our mother clump measured 36” across at maturity; individual mature leaves are about 6 x 7-8 (more round than ovate).  We suggest a planting site in an area of high shade with a loamy soil.  Due to its color expression, this cultivar draws attention as a focal point in a shady corner flanked by solid blues/greens.

 

We are very pleased with PALE MOON RISING and have large size single divisions available to a limited extent.  As with all our introductions, we will never knowingly place it in tissue culture.  It has not been guested and will not be tissue cultured.   All stock is here on the farm. 

Price: $100.00 (NET--not subject to discount)

 

 

 

 

 

Hosta ‘Rags To Riches’

(Golden Medallion x Blue Mammoth) x Glad Rags )

 

 

 

2016 Hosta Introduction

Hosta 'Rags To Riches'

We have used our introduction of GLAD RAGS as a pollen parent with good results.  One of these good results we introduce this spring as RAGS TO RICHES.  This new bright, cheery hosta first appeared here among the GR crosses about 10 years ago.  With the BLUE MAMMOTH heritage, one would expect larger seedlings, but GLAD RAGS tends to be dominant in controlling size, creating kids more akin to itself in size.  Having made divisions and planted RTR in several sites for evaluation, we are perfectly content and confident in making this 2016 introduction.

            True also to its GLAD RAGS heritage, RTR emerges with a clean chartreuse expression, which quickly changes to an equally clean gold which you will note in the picture.  This color hue holds throughout the balance of the growing season.

            A well established clump will here has a spread of about 20”.  Leaves measure about 3.5” x 5”.  Height is about 9”-10”.  When mature, a clump can have a somewhat flat topped appearance.

Stemming from the GOLDEN MEDALLION heritage one will find that the foliage becomes progressively more puckered/pebbled with age, and age tends to enhance substance as well. 

We have a more mature clump of RAGS TO RICHES planted next to some smaller clumps of GLAD RAGS, which makes for a pleasing effect as the both these hostas attain their true gold tones as the same time.

As with most golds, siting is important.  In deeper shade one will have a more chartreuse-gold tone (which is nice, too).  Planting in intense sun will produce brilliant gold quickly, but then one will also have to deal with the possibility/likelihood of some burn.  Early morning sun with some high, dappled shade at the heat of the day is about ideal from our plantings.

RAGS TO RICHES is one of those hostas which fits in readily in most gardens. It is not a muscle plant like our JURASSIC PARK, yet it can quickly form a bright statement toward the front of a planting of more dominant hostas.  A great companion for medium/small, intense blue types, RTR makes a bright, perky statement season after season.  We have double eye plants available for as long as they last.

It is not in tissue culture and has not been guested.

Price: $75.00 (NET--not subject to discount)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hosta ‘Standing Room Only

 

(Reciprocal sibling of JURASSIC PARK)

2016 Hosta Introduction

Hosta 'Standing Room Only'

For the last many seasons we have watched the mother clump of this reciprocal seedling of JURASSIC PARK displaying consistently—for over 16 years.  Each season there has been the intent to introduce this stalwart performer, but as Robert Frost penned the phrase, “…way leads on to way” and it didn’t happen.   No more!  Its time has come.

     Yes, it is “another” blue-green hosta, and there have been many “kind of nice” blue-greens introduced.  In fact, way too many!  At this point in time another introduction of this type needs to have some really deserving qualifications.  So, what are they?

     When viewing the images of STANDING ROOM ONLY one notes that its early season expression is strongly blue.  One also notes that it tends to be a more upright mound formation on growth.  Whether due to strong petioles (which it has), its rapid growth or the multitude of growth points/eyes, a mature clump of SRO displays the thickest, most dense foliage that we have ever seen on the hundreds of registered cultivars we grow here.  Whereas on most large hostas, one can readily part the leaves and see to the crown, on SRO the density of foliage prevents this.  It also means that strong winds and heavy rains have little or no impact on its display.  Hence, we have long thought that STANDING ROOM ONLY was a proper and fitting moniker.

     The mother clump pictured here measured 6.5 feet across before we took divisions off for propagation.  Individual leaves at maturity are about 9 x 11 inches.  These measurements are without fertilizer or extra water.

     Another of the matters that we have long noted and appreciated about SRO is that the leaves are “individualistic”.  While generally ovate in form with a sharp point, no two seem to be exactly the same.  Many are rather boat shaped; some curve in from one side; many have widely undulating edges and are very rugose.  To be blunt, most are rather “undisciplined--from a positive viewpoint. This holds especially on leaf expression in the middle of the clump.  Because the foliage is so dense, there seems to be something of a “survival of the fittest” mode.  Also noted is the fact that STANDING ROOM ONLY has very heavy, unyielding substance—perhaps another reason she prefers to do her own thing.  While no hosta is slug proof, we have noted little or no slug damage even in the wettest summers.

     So, if you want a hosta with perfectly symmetrical leaf formation where everything grows to a specific set of expectations, look elsewhere.  However, if you are looking for an entirely individualistic garden expression that holds true season after season, STANDING ROOM ONLY is for you.  We have nice double divisions available.

     This hosta is not in tissue culture and has not been guested to other gardens.

Price: $75.00 (NET--not subject to discount)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Dark Treasure'

 

(From seedling lines of Tompkins’ breeding including ‘Lakeport Blue’,  ‘Versailles Blue’ and ‘Blue Babe’.)

2015 Hosta Introduction

Hosta 'Dark Treasure'

Another “green”?  Yes, another GREEN!!!  But not just “another” green.  Far from it, this hosta has all the good stuff that begs for a place in the garden.  In reality it does not have to beg—it simply, quietly and impressively commands attention.  Why?  Here are some it its distinguishing qualities at maturity:  1. Large, round, heavy substanced, leathery leaves which exhibit distinctive biscuit tufting  2. Glossy, shimmering leaf surface that seems to glow in the shade  3. Forest green hue with dark expression. 

4. Distinctive mounded form spreading to about 40” and 30” in height  that displays itself with dignity.

 

I was pleasantly surprised when this young hosta with dark color, ultra heavy substance and shimmering leaf surface appeared in a group of powdery blue seedlings a number of years ago.  Since ‘DARK TREASURE’  stems entirely from the breeding lines of Chet and Cynthia Tompkins, I told him about these qualities which all came together in this hosta.  He replied that this dark green tone with a shimmering glow was an “occasional” recessive in the ‘Lakeport Blue’ lines, stemming from his mother’s hybridizing back in the 1920’s.  He was enthusiastic and asked that I send him a start the next spring after seeing pictures.  That never happened as he passed away the same winter.  Whenever I walk by ‘DARK TREASURE’ here on the farm I think of Chet and my yearly visits with him and his passion for hostas, iris and daylilies.  My initial idea was to name this it after him as this was “his” sort of hosta.  However, Chet distinctly disliked the idea of naming plants after people, so I refrained from pursuing the matter, choosing a moniker that reflected the plant itself instead.

 

The mother clump here grows in a shady site under an apple tree with other seedlings from the Tompkins’ lines.  Visitors never fail to be drawn to it as it simply has so many  positive qualities that have come together in one genetic composition.  Someone said last summer that the mature leaves reminded them of a Monet lilypad, only very dark and beautifully puckered.  A good analogy.  Whatever the case, ‘DARK TREASURE’ has the sort of impressive qualities that I like.  It is, in a word,

DISTINCTIVE”.  And, isn’t that what we want today when there are so many dozens of new hostas being introduced  on a yearly basis that  are anything but distinctive.  Happily, ‘DARK TREASURE’ has produced  some very fine kids with even more intensified qualities.  Selfing it has been very productive, as have crosses with our ‘Summa Cum Laude’, ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Streets Of Gold’.

 

A good grower, which settles in readily, we recommend a shady site to keep the dark hues at their darkest and the shimmering quality at its best.  The picture was taken with a flash; actual expression is darker. 

 

We have nice plants lined out for spring delivery and hope that there will be enough as many have been waiting for this one to be introduced.  It is not in tissue culture and we have no plans to do so, nor has it been guested to other growers.  As with our other NGP introductions of hostas and daylilies, grow it for two seasons and if you are not fully satisfied, we will buy it back from you.

 

Price: $100.00 (NET--not subject to discount)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Refiner’s Fire'

(‘Burnished Brass x Cynthia)

2015 Hosta Introduction

Hosta 'Refiner’s Fire'

‘Burnished Brass’ (Chet.Tompkins) has proven to be a fine parent here for kids with bright gold color hues, and ‘Cynthia” (Cynthia Tompkins) has produced many strikingly variegated seedlings through the years for us.  Using ‘BB’ as pod parent and ‘C’ as pollen parent did the magic to produce ‘Refiner’s Fire’, which we consider on a par with our ‘Glad Rags’ in merit.

 

As ‘Refiner’s Fire’ grows here, it forms a large clump in nice, mounded form about 40” across and 28” tall.  Foliage is ventricular in form and very pebbled, but not unruly, at maturity.

 

The picture on this site is of the early season expression: Chartreuse-gold centers with dark green borders that streak in swaths down into the middle of the leaf.  Properly sited, as the season progresses the centers take on a brassy gold tone that makes an even more highly contrasted expression which holds until frost.  Planted in more shade, the early expression (pictured) endures; given more light, the brassy tones take hold as the season progresses.  Both are sharp! 

 

With the exception of one pure gold sport (which we are propagating), the variegation has proven entirely stable in the ten seasons we have grown it.

 

We have several seedlings from ‘Refiner’s Fire’ that show promise.  Thus far, they have all been solid in nature—chartreuse, gold, green.  We plan to make crosses with it this season on ‘Pioneer’ which is recessive for gold and variegation.  While we have not used it with very round leafed cultivars, that is something that should likely be done.  Using ‘Glad Rags’ as pollen parent, we have some exceptionally bright, brassy kids that beg introduction in the future. 

 

Whether used as striking landscaping plant or as a parent for hybridizing, ‘Refiner’s Fire’ is meritorious.  We recommend it without hesitation.  It is not in tissue culture and we have no plans to go that route, nor has it been guested.

 

We offer double eye plants.  And our guarantee remains:  Grow the plant on for two seasons.  If at the end of the second season you are not entirely satisfied with its performance, we will be glad to buy it back from you and pay for shipping as well.

Price: $125.00 (NET--not subject to discount)

 

 

Previous Introductions are listed in alphabetical order.

 

 

'Alliteration'

('Invocation' X 'Cynthia')

 

Hosta 'Alliteration'

Our Hosta introduction, 'ALLITERATION', bears a literary name meaning the “repetition of consonant sounds”. In the case or our hosta, however, it has nothing to do with sounds, but much to do with the unique expression of its double parent, 'Cynthia' (Tompkins). This hosta is unique among its peers with wild splashing, mottling, streaking. Our cross of 'Cynthia' to 'Invocation' produced an even wilder child in 'Alliteration'. Every leaf is a different expression-splashed/mottled/streaked/hazed/checkerboard/ghostly pale. And whereas 'Cynthia' will sometimes revert to straight green (still a nice hosta), its child has been entirely stable here for years. The expression becomes more muted as summer passes, but is still apparent. Growth rate is strong and leaf substance is heavy, with pebbled surface at maturity. As a parent, this 'Cynthia' kid has produced some promising offspring which we are evaluating for future introduction. Best expression here is with a more shady setting-for contrast. Mature size: 40" spread with rounded mound. Leaves: approx. 7" x 10".

Price: $60.00(NET--not subject to discount)

 

 

 

'Benediction'

(Sun Power X Cynthia)

Hosta 'Benediction'

Some hostas exhibit a bold, demanding attitude in the garden, while others make their presence known in a more alluring, stately manner, requiring no fanfare. Such is the case with 'Benediction.' As a matter of etymology, the Latin meaning of the word "benediction" is literally the "good word," which we feel aptly fits. This beautiful, shimmering gold ultimately forms a symmetrical, stately clump about 4' across and 22" high, while the leaf placement displays a pleasing, embricated effect. The leaves themselves are extremely uniform in size and shape. Distinctly ventricular with pronounced, impressed veining, the foliage has precisely cut, clean edging. As our picture indicates, a mature clump develops the same sort of precise puckering between veins. Chameleon-like, 'Benediction' emerges a pure golden chartreuse and then assumes its early summer metamorphosis, becoming a softly shimmering gold. Of added interest, a mature clump will occasionally exhibit leaves with dark green flares/streaks. Perhaps due to this tendency we already have at least one sport which we have identified for future introduction, as well as others we are evaluating. Everything about 'Benediction' is pleasing--clean, precise, uniform and stately with alluring, beckoning color quality for those shady, darker corners, or along a path to be viewed in evening light. While beautiful at any time of day, we are especially drawn to its softly shimmering presence as light fades, incanting the perfect benediction to a summer's day.

Price: $40.00(NET--not subject to discount)

 

 

 

 

'Cair Paravel'

(Sun Power X Cynthia)

Hosta 'Cair Paravel'

It is no secret to our hostaphile friends that we like golds and have made a great many crosses to produce quality hostas in this color line. We have been especially happy with former large type introductions like 'Streets of Gold' and 'Benediction.' Waiting in the wings are several others that are both stately and lovely. One of the best of these is our introduction of 'Cair Paravel.' Forming a large clump with a spreading habit, this cultivar will obtain a width of about 40". Individual leaves are in the area of 12" x 6". In essence, C.P. combines the best of both parents: large clump, rapid growth rate, and distinctive presentation. Strong in CYNTHIA'S genetics is the ability to produce beautifully wavy leaf edges. Additionally, the CYNTHIA line tends to be quite sun tolerant. Both these virtues are exemplified in 'Cair Paravel.' As the photo indicates, this wavy leaf edge is dominant. Several of the sibs showed this strength, but C.P. was the very best of them. The color is a different sort of gold than we have ever seen before. Not a yellow gold, and not a chartreuse-gold either. Rather than trying to find the right words for it, let the picture act as an explanation. Depending on the season, there is often a marbling effect, and if one looks closely, a muted cream-green edge. This is a gold with character and we should have enough to fill orders hopefully. As with all our own introductions, we guarantee your satisfaction. You will like 'Cair Paravel.' 'Cair Paravel:' An elegant name for an elegant hosta.

Price: $35.00(NET--not subject to discount)

 

 

 

'Extrovert'

 

Hosta 'Extrovert'

If you are looking for a specimen plant that is both unique and lovely--one that stands out from the crowd--we offer 'Extrovert' for your consideration. Yes, this is a green hosta, but not just "another" green hosta. This one is distinctive. Sizewise, our oldest clump is about 4' across, forming a distinct, rounded mound about 22" high. The parentage alone tells you that this will be a hosta with generous dimples and puckering. Admittedly, plenty of green hostas match this description so far, BUT this one is unique in that the beautifully dimpled leaves are convex in nature, as though you pulled the edges down and pushed the centers up. The color of the very rounded, heavy substanced leaves is difficult to describe--rather a steely-green hue with a satiny finish. Both the individual leaves and the clump as a whole are distinctive and most pleasing. Garden visitors have always commented on 'Extrovert' as it does stand out from the crowd. A mature clump is individualistic and has true impact. Even a young plant has good eye appeal. We grow about 600 varieties of hostas here and there is really nothing that we have found to compare with it. As a parent, this one is producing offspring with very intense puckering and the same "extroverted" effect.

 

Price: Please Inquire on Availability

 

 

'Fame Game'

 

(‘Christmas Tree Gala’ x ‘Donahue’s Piecrust’)

Hosta 'Fame Game'

Streaked hostas are generally valued for their breeding ability: i.e. to produce variegated offspring. And in this regard ‘Fame Game’ has more than proven its value. Highly fertile, this hosta can be counted on to produce a large number of variegated kids. We have selfed it, used it with golds, blues and other predictably notable parents, like ‘Cynthia’. From the dozens of variegated offspring, we have several which are promising—especially some rugose golds with white streaking.

The problem with most streaked hostas is that they are highly unstable and quickly revert to a solid form. With ‘Fame Game’, however, we have seen much greater stability than any other streaked parent we have. From the last dividing we did 4 years ago (now 5 clumps), every fan/eye has remained true, with only an occasional solid leaf on a full clump. As with all streaked hostas, it is best to divide them on occasion to preserve stability. Settled 4-year clumps here are about 30” across, with a pleasing mound habit. Stemming from the ‘C.T.G.’ parentage, mature leaves can become very rugose. The basic color is a blue-infused dark green; superimposed on this background one will find streaks and often large swaths of yellow, cream, white. Individual leaves are ovate in form, but becoming more rounded with maturity.  As with all our intros, ‘Fame Game’ carries our two year guarantee.

Price: $40.00(NET--not subject to discount)

 

 

'Glad Rags'

('Sheer Bliss' X 'Blue Ox')

 Hosta 'Glad Rags'

While we have always had very good feedback about our hosta introductions, last season's reviews on 'Glad Rags' were exceptional, for which we are most gratified.

The web site pictures give at least a partial idea of the positives of 'Glad Rags.' A well established clump will measure about 20" across and 14" tall, with a somewhat vaselike form, especially on younger plants. Leaves are semi-cupped, about 4" x 6" and crinkled with age. Substance is very heavy. Consequently, 'Glad Rags' takes a good deal of sun here without complaint. Leaves emerge chartreuse, then quickly turn color. Shade produces a chartreuse-gold border; semi-shade produces a clean, bright gold border; stronger sun ultimately transitions chartreuse to gold to ivory. The gold borders are extra wide, encasing an irregular swath of green center. The pattern is repeated on every leaf; yet no two leaves are exactly the same. Even a young plant is singular. An established clump is stunning. More expensive? Yes, but we make this guarantee: Grow it for two seasons, and if you aren't entirely pleased, just return the undivided clump to us and will refund the price of the plant plus postage.

 

Price: Very Limited—Please Inquire

 

 

'Invocation'

(‘Cynthia x Piedmont Gold’)

Hosta 'Invocation'

We have been looking forward to the time when we would have enough of this white-bordered gold hosta to offer. The picture on the cover was taken in late spring while the leaf centers were still in their chartreuse stage. Properly sited, as the season progresses the centers turn yellow, then gold, then a brassy gold, while the borders turn from light cream to pure white.

Having tested this hosta for the last several years, we find it to be entirely stable in expression and form. Like its parents, ‘Invocation’ attains a spread of about 40”. Individual leaves at maturity are about 11” by 7”. It is a good grower, forming a striking clump in just a couple seasons, but even as a yearling it provides a focal point.

The longer we grow ‘Invocation’ the more we enjoy it.  Response from others who now grow it in their gardens has been very positive.

As with all our introductions, we offer our money back guarantee on your investment.

We find best expression in a site with early morning sun and dappled shade thereafter.

An exceptionally nice hosta!

 

Price: $40.00(NET--not subject to discount)

 

 

'Jotunheim'

Hosta 'Jotunheim'

We have grown on thousands of seedlings, looking for some top quality blues. In this one we feel that several criteria all came together: Deep, silvery-blue color, heavy substance, rugose leaf, pleasing mound shape and good growth rate. Growing in full sun in the field, the original seedling clump was 5 1/2' across. Individual leaves are about 8"x10", with beautiful puckering at maturity. Of very heavy substance, the leaves pucker distinctively with age and develop a rather undulating edge. Furthermore, this hosta exhibits good slug resistence. We have found its best color is developed when given some good morning sun. Its silvery patina lasts much longer than on most other blues. Strong, husky divisions. As a parent, 'Jotunheim' is producing large offspring with beautiful color, heavy substance and beautifully dimpled leaves. Increasingly popular.

Very Limited.

 

Price: $40.00 (NET--not subject to discount) Very Limited

 

 

'Jurassic Park'

(from seedling lines)

Hosta 'Jurassic Park'

Finding just the "right" name for this hosta proved difficult. Words like "large" just don't work here. This "animal" has garden names like "The Thing That Ate Chicago", "Bouncing Betty", "Bods Ominous" and "Man Eater"! To this beast we attribute the loss of 3 shovels, a John Deere riding mower, 2 garden tillers, 3 cats, 6 raccoons, a Guernsey cow and 2 little old ladies on a garden visit. Hence we give it wide berth when working close to it. It has been recommended that we spray it with Roundup once or twice a year just to keep it from hurting anyone. From the fore-going chicanery you may assume that "Jurassic Park" is HUGE when established, as well as vigorous in growth. Our original clump measures about 8 1/2' across even after taking divisions from it the last two springs. Leaves on well tended clumps can be up to 16" x 14". Of Sieboldiana background, this introduction has very heavy substanced green leaves which exhibit heavy tucks and puckers at maturity. It does well for us with strong morning sun and filtered shade thereafter. Very impressive through mid-season even in full sun. Due to its heavy substance, slugs have never been a problem--basically because it eats them! Give this one lots of space, space, space. It will "grow" on you...

 

Price: $35.00(NET--not subject to discount)

    Large 2-3 eye field grown plants--NOT tissue cultures

 

 

'Mister Twister'

(sport of 'Whirlwind')

Hosta 'Mister Twister'

Several years ago we found this unique sport in a field row of ‘Whirlwind’. The word “unique” applies readily to this hosta. As the picture on the front of the catalog indicates, the shiny, waxy textured leaves have a totally unruly expression, twisting this way and that. Petioles are short, so the clump maintains a “tight” appearance with a compact, mounded form.

A well grown clump with reach about 14” across and 8” tall. Leaf substance is heavy with a plastic-like feel and strong sheen. Leaf tips invariably twist to the side, often tucking under and then turning up again. Centers of leaves are swaths of cleanest white, making a strong contrast with the dark green backgrounds.

We have tested ‘Mister Twister’ in both strong sun and deep shade. It seems to do well in either, but best color is with dappled shade. M.T. grows readily, quickly forming a nice clump. We recommend it without hesitation! Double eye plants available.

 

Price: $50.00(NET--not subject to discount)

 

 

 

'Packer Backer'

(Sport of ‘Abiqua Recluse’)

 

Hosta 'Packer Backer'

Choosing the “right” name for hosta registration and introductions is always a challenge. Whatever the moniker, it needs to “fit”. While watching the Packers play this evening, everything (except a win) came together. The Pack colors of green and bright gold are just those of this year’s introduction.

From its parent ‘Packer Backer’ inherited heavy leaf substance and a very pebbled expression at maturity. The leaf center is dark green. The 1” margins start the season with a golden-chartreuse expression, but change quickly to an INTENSE GOLD which holds through high summer, slowly taking a cream yellow expression in late season. It has proven to be the most intense gold bordered hosta we grow. The cover picture was taken at the cream state in late August.

The expression is very contrasty. Variegation has been totally stable. Semi-mounded expression, spreading to about 38”; leaves about 7” by 10”.

To be anything other than a Packer backer in Wis. is to flirt with danger, but even if you are a Bears, Vikings, Lions or Patriots backer, we trust you will be a fan of ‘PACKER BACKER’. (Best given some morning sun.)

Price: $75.00(NET--not subject to discount)

 

'Pleasure Seeker'

(kikutii x ‘Halcyon’)

 

Hosta 'Pleasure Seeker'

Forming a semi-vaselike clump ultimately about 30” in diameter, P.S. has a “finished” appearance even on a first year clump. The leaves are broadly lanceolate with a gentle arching effect. Color expression is steely blue with a strong patina. Once settled in, the leaves acquire a broadly undulating edge and a distinct “twist” at the leaf tip. One of the most distinctive matters about P.S. is its metallic patina, which persists from early through late season on the heavy substanced leaves.

Since ‘PLEASURE SEEKER’ is a very strong grower, it can and should be placed in a shadier section of the planting to preserve its best expression. It multiplies rapidly, quickly forming a distinctive clump.

Some hostas are a hot splash in the pan. P.S., on the other hand is distinctively serene, with a glowing finish which persists throughout the season. A true specimen. The low price reflects our supply, not the quality of the plant. Double eye divisions.

Price: $30.00 (NET—not subject to discount)

 

 

 

'Shadowfax'

(Sport of 'Piedmont Gold')

 Hosta 'Shadowfax'

A few seasons ago we observed an entire clump of 'Piedmont Gold' turn into a beautiful sport, the likes of which we had not seen before. 'Shadowfax', as we came to call this sport, is a melody of soft, creamy hues. In early spring the centers of the leaves are a smooth chartreuse, while the wide borders are a muted, golden cream. As the season progresses, the centers become a smooth, creamy gold and the borders turn to a soft ivory hue. Whether early, mid or late season, the colors are always soft and serene. In size, it is equal to 'Piedmont Gold', but the leaves are more distinctly rounded and puckered. A mature clump stands about 22" tall and spreads to about 4'. 'Shadowfax' seems to perform best with good early morning light and dappled shade thereafter for optimum color. This is one of those hostas which is totally unique in expression. In fact, we had thought of calling it 'Chameleon' due to its changing nature. Its soft, glowing hues always entice visitors for a closer look. Distinctive and lovely.

 

Price: Email to check on availability

 

 

'Streets of Gold'

(Blue Mammoth X Golden Medallion)

 

 

Hosta 'Streets of Gold'

Some years ago we made several crosses of Tokudama type golds onto large Sieboldiana type blues. Several interesting golds emerged, but one of the nicest was this seedling from Blue Mammoth X Golden Medallion.

From its juvenile stage onward, 'Streets Of Gold' exhibited certain characteristics which only strengthened with age:

1.      large, very round, gold leaves,

2.      heavy substance,

3.      strong puckering, and

4.      very pleasing, rounded, mound-shaped clump.

The individual leaves on established plants are about 8"x10," while a mature clump well grown can reach 4 feet across. The Tokudama type is strongly evidenced with its heavy substanced, round, puckered leaves, and the Sieboldiana heritage expresses itself in the size of leaf and clump.

Like most golds, 'Streets Of Gold' emerges golden chartreuse, then quickly changing to an INTENSE GOLD which holds its color throughout the season. We suggest placing it in strong early morning light, followed by some dappled shade thereafter for best color.

 

Price: $50.00 (NET—not subject to discount)

 

 

 

'Summa Cum Laude'

(Sport of 'Sum and Substance')

Hosta 'Summa Cum Laude'

Through the years we have been blessed with at least six variegated sports of ‘Sum And Substance’. All have been very nice, but much like other registered sports already available. However, observing this sport for the last years we have found it distinctively unique: The base color is typical S&S, but edged in a very regular cream-yellow edge of about 3/4”. Beyond this the presentation is unlike the other S&S sports we have seen. 1. SCL has a very distinct, controlled, mounded clump form. 2. Leaf shape is round and usually somewhat convex, even on an established clump. 3. While most S&S sports emerge chartreuse and then gradually express a colored edge, SCL expresses the gold edge immediately. Established clumps here measure about 40” across with a distinct mounded effect. Mature leaf measurement here is about 8” x 11”. We can recommend ‘SUMMA CUM LAUDE’ without hesitation. A good grower and very well behaved, it makes a fine garden specimen. Our supply is good—we hope.

Price: $50.00(NET--not subject to discount)

 

 

'Tiffany Tune'

Hosta 'Tiffany Tune'

This glowing hosta is a melody of fine qualities: Color, sheen, form and grace. Emerging midspring in glowing, creamy, chartreuse hues, the color changes gradually through the course of the season to that of a burnished golden chartreuse. One of its most appealing assets is the glowing sheen evidenced throughout the season. It reminds us of the beautiful tiffany finish of fine porcelain. Ultimately attaining a pleasing, semi-pendent mound of about 22" across and 16" high. Petioles have a distinctive pink midrib. The form is another matter which is pleasing to the eye. The elongated, semi-lanceolate leaves with their softly rounded ends rise from the center of the clump and then, ever so gracefully, arch gently downward. As with most hostas of this color, it is at its best given early morning sun, followed by dappled, high shade. A mature clump is a matter of distinctive grace and elegance. Very well received last year. For the hybridizer, 'Tiffany Tune' produces a high percentage of golds in a variety of hues.

 

Price: $35.00 (NET--not subject to discount)

 

 

 

'Wings To Fly'

(‘Piedmont Gold’ x Unnamed Tompkins’ Seedling)

Hosta 'Wings To Fly'

Pictured here you will find our ‘Wings To Fly’ hosta introduction for this season. Selected from several medium/small yellow seedlings well over 10 years ago, this one always caught our eye for several reasons:

1. Its striking, clean, creamy gold spring expression,

2. Undulating leaf form and perfect “lay”,

3. Vigorous growth,

4. Bloom expression.

Furthermore, its name fits the fact that on young clumps in particular ‘Wings To Fly’ often sports large vestigial leaves held at right angles to the stem—as though ready to take flight.

The color hue is a perfect contrast for powdery blues. Established clump size is about 20” by 12”. Leaves approximately 6” by 2.5”. Best with some morning light and high shade thereafter. Pod fertile and prepotent for smaller yellow/gold kids.

A personal favorite in this color range and size!

Price: $35.00(NET--not subject to discount)

 

 

 

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