Show me your favorite small blues

Linda's Garden z6 UtahJune 11, 2014

I realized the other day that my hosta garden is missing something important...the color blue. I have a large Blue Angel but other than that I really don't have much blue in the garden.

I want to get several nice blue hosta that are small to medium size (not mini's). The only one I have on my list so far is Prairie Sky. I would love to hear what your favorites are and pictures would be great too!

Linda :)

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jan_on zone 5b

Here's Blue Boy.
Jan

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 8:01PM
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funnthsun z7A - Southern VA

I'm a sucker for a blue hosta!

Here's Blue Jay, it holds it's blue very well.

Pewterware is awesome, it holds it's blue like no other!

Wishing Well stays super blue, too. Not sure if it's small enough for you, check the height and width on this one. Mine's still on the smaller side.

But my very favorite is Dixie Cups. There's just nothing like it.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 8:37PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

Good evening tropic lover,

My favorite color is green but because there is so much green in nature, I love blue in my gardens. It's rare in flowers as opposed to yellow. There is a lot of blue foliage in hostas ranging from light blue (Blue Jay) to grey blue ( Krossa Regal, large) to darker blue (Camelot) and many shades in between those (Rascal). It's a shame that the blue colour doesn't stay longer, due to the wax on their leaves being melted by heat or being worn away by overhead watering. I sometimes don't realize that a hosta's leaf is blue- tinged unless it is juxtaposed by green or another color. I didn't appreciate some of my blue hostas until they were older, until the wax thickened with age (Hadspen Blue, Blue Umbrellas, Blue Angel, Bressingham Blue).

I'm in zone 5 and you're in zone 6. I agree with Funn in the sun, who's in zone 7 that Blue Jay is gorgeous and one of my favorites. However, I find that Halcyon and Canadian Blue hold their color longer. I don't mind being corrected if others don't agree.

The following are some of the small to medium hostas that I have:
Artic Blast
Bix Blues
Blueberry Muffins
Blueberry Cobbler
Blue Wedgwood (slow)
Camelot ( a deeper Blue)
Canadian Blue
Deep Blue Sea
Elvis Lives ( the blue on mine is developing slowly)
Flemish Sky
Hadspen Blue
Halcyon
Lederhosen
Neptune.
Pewterware
Prairie Sky
Silver Bay
Summer Squall
Twilight Time
Wishing Well (bought last year, supposed to keep it's color well but I think it's larger than medium).
Yankee Blue

My Canadian Blue,which is supposed to be related to Halcyon, has grown faster but that might be to location. I find that some of the variegated blue hostas hold their blue better. This comment might seem to be a contradiction but it seems to me that more light makes the wax on blue hostas develop faster.

Here's one of my two Canadian Blues.

This post was edited by irawon on Wed, Jun 11, 14 at 21:48

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 9:41PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

Here's my Blue Jay this year.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 9:54PM
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don_in_colorado

Silver Bay is getting a fantastic color and form, and mine has been a pretty fast grower. In my opinion, one of the all-around best blues. Listed as a medium-sized hosta.

Don B.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 10:02PM
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don_in_colorado

Fragrant Blue is always nice. I can't smell a thing, but it's a beauty.

Don B.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 10:07PM
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Eleven(Metro Detroit 6A)

Blue Wedgwood

El Nino

First Frost

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 10:12PM
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Linda's Garden z6 Utah

Thanks for the great suggestions everyone! They all look really great.

Irawon- you have impressive list of blue hostas, I will have to spend some time looking up the ones I'm not familiar with. I like big ones too but I don't know if I can find room for another giant hosta. I already have 4 large ones that I need to find a spot for in the yard.

Funn- Where did you get the Dixie Cups? I checked a few online vendors and did not see it on their list.

Halcyon would be easy enough to find locally and I am kicking myself for not buying the Prairie Sky that I saw last year.

Thanks for your input, I appreciate it!

Linda

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 10:16PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

Another shade of blue in hosta Indigo.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 10:22PM
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jadie88(7 MD)

I definitely second Blue Jay and Silver Bay...they are fantastic. I went on a small blue streak for some reason late last year, so I also have Waukon Water, High Tide, and Her Eyes Were Blue. All are wonderful, and especially the first two have been very strong growers. Here is High Tide before it colored up much...it is bluer now, but still not on the level of the others!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 10:26PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

Jadie, I like the shape of High Tide's leaves... color is nice too.

I love the blues. I hope McTavish/Merle weighs in. She has a great collection of blues and her pictures are always superb.

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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Blue Shadow is slow enough to be considered a midi.

tj

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 10:54PM
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don_in_colorado

'Something Blue' is nice with it's color and leaf shape. May be a little too big for your plans, as it's listed as a Med-Lrg.

Don B.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 11:13PM
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paula_b_gardener 5b_ON(5b)

I agree with the comment re: Halcyon holding its colour longer.

and El Niño is beautiful, too.

The photo below doesn't do it justice, but Kiwi Full Monty is quite blue.

This post was edited by paula_b_gardener on Wed, Jun 11, 14 at 23:35

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 11:31PM
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don_in_colorado

Yes indeed, El Nino is gorgeous.

Don B.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 11:38PM
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blacksheep998

How small do you want to go? Here's my collection of blue mouse ear hostas, next to some first year starter divisions.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 12:04AM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

Funn, lucky you to have Dixie Cups. It must be original stock, as I understand it's not in tissue culture yet.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 12:32AM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Do you like Blue Cadet? It should be near the size you mention. I give you a 2013 photo of BC and a near twin Banyai''s Dancing Girl. It is a very overlooked small/medium hosta I think (may get some bigger than Blue Cadet according to one source). So far in my garden they look the same. The blue varies according to how much shade they get.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 12:57AM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

Flemish Sky is pretty with a wavy margin and holds its blue here well.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 2:56AM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

Then there is Blue Cadet - this one gets at least 7 hours sun ( to about 1:30)

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 2:58AM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

This BC only gets maybe 3 hrs sun from 1:30. Not as blue.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 3:01AM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

Hadspen is also a medium blue that maintains it's colour well into the summer. Pic from days ago after rainfall. So many different shades of blue depending on sun exposure.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 3:13AM
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bragu_DSM 5

how about "aqua velva"?

it's not just an after shave any more

ignore the bugs ⦠17 yr cicada hatch

dave

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 3:31AM
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jadie88(7 MD)

I I've said it on other threads, but I really like Deep Blue Sea. The leaves are so textured and rigid, they almost seem like molded plastic. It is a dark blue, and even late in the season when the wax is gone, it still comes across as a deep blue-green. It has a prominent place in my garden! I really need a better photo though. Here it is still unfurling and "blue-ing up."

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 8:09AM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

Josephine, here's Flemish Sky in more shade, not as sky blue as yours...yours is very pretty with the heuchera...is it Georgia Peach?

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 8:48AM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

How about Salute, top right, in shade?

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 9:02AM
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funnthsun z7A - Southern VA

Linda - Dixie Cups is a Tony Avent hosta, so can be found at Plant Delights, who are local for me.

Irawon - You know, I guess you are right, it must be OS, but I have never really thought about it before. It hasn't gone into tissue culture yet, which is strange b/c it was a cross in 1997. You would think it would have made it there by now!

As for blues staying blue, if they stay blue for me, being zone 7B, then I'm sure it will do great for you guys further up north. The most important thing with blues is location, location, location! My Blue Jay stayed nice and blue all year last year, but this year, we lost half of a tree that had been somewhat shading it. It still only got morning sun, but it was direct and enough to start turning my gorgeous blue hosta green by about May. I moved it as soon as I saw the wax starting to suffer, only about 6 feet, but better shaded by a bush and it has actually rebounded. You can't even tell that it was affected by sun at all now, it's looking great again. Location means everything when you are talking about holding your wax!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 9:12AM
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luuk(9b)

Parisian Silk, medium-sized, ...I really love the nearly round shape of the leaves. Is a young plant, still has to show his intense blue.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 10:29AM
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don_in_colorado

Forgot about Salute. Looks a lot like a small Krossa Regal. Glad you mentioned it, Irawon.

Don B.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 11:01AM
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Linda's Garden z6 Utah

Well you all have given me plenty of great choices. Soooo many nice ones! I am gonna have a hard time choosing just a few of them.

I really like the texture on that Deep Blue Sea! I have Flemish Sky but it is really small and pathetic this year. Maybe it just needs more time to mature and look like your beautiful specimens.

Thanks for all the great pictures!
Linda

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 7:15PM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

Love those round, pretty blue leaves, LUUK!

Yes, ma'am that is a Georgia Peach heuchera, Irawon. :-). You know your heuchies!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 8:19PM
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paul_in_mn(4b)

josephine, the first Blue Cadet that is in 7hrs sun, is beautiful but I think mislabeled. Blue Cadet is blue-green heart shaped leaves - that one is two dusty and long pointed leaves.

Paul

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 9:21PM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

Hi Paul! Nope, it is BC! Would you believe it is the original from which I took two hefty divisions and replanted in its original spot? It is so strangely long (the leaf) which is why I placed the scissors on it...to have anyone comment on it - and you did! :-). I've been watching it closely as it started to grow because of the leaf length. I am absolutely sure it is BC as I have pictures from last year when I was dividing it. It was an 8-yr old mature hosta that was split only once before last year. That's why I posted both - they don't resemble each other much, do they? This is a first! Now, to what can we attribute this to??? I surely have no clue, but agree it looks great! :-)

This post was edited by josephines67 on Thu, Jun 12, 14 at 23:49

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 11:45PM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

The pic above is of mature Blue Cadet before division. This one shows it's divisions in pails of water. One of them was replanted. You can see that a lot of the leaves were already longer last year. All I can say is that it loves all that sun and yes, it takes on more green during the summer but doesn't lose the blue entirely. You can see the large space it occupied in the garden, just left of the peach astilbe.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 11:55PM
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funnthsun z7A - Southern VA

Grabbed a close-up pic of Dixie Cups' leaves

and let's not forget about Blueberry Muffin!

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 8:25AM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

Blueberry Mufffin looking gorgeous!

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 9:33AM
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hostatakeover z6a swMO

Fragrant Blue, although the fragrance is nearly non-existent. Really holds on to its color, though.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 12:59PM
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hostatakeover z6a swMO

Frosted Dimples

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 1:03PM
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hostatakeover z6a swMO

Valley's Glacier. Really holds it's lovely, contrasting colors.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 1:07PM
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harryshoe zone6 eastern Pennsylvania

I think Halcyon is the best small blue I have seen:

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 1:29PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

Hostatakeover, Glad to see a good picture of Valley's Glacier...just planted it.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 3:47PM
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hostatakeover z6a swMO

You won't be disappointed, Ira. It's a beautiful Hosta.

Mine was one of the very few free bonus plants I've ever received that I felt was worth keeping.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 5:24PM
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paula_b_gardener 5b_ON(5b)

I posted Kiwi Full Monty the other day but the photo didn't do its justice. This one shows the blue more clearly.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 8:00PM
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mbug_gw

My 3 favorites. Love them all
Touch of Class

Deep Blue Sea


Haylcon

Halcyon and Touch of Class together

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 8:54PM
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flowerchild59(z6b IL)

Here is one of my favorite small blues, blue diamonds.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 10:37PM
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eebalcos(7B)

Here is H. Love Pat. It is like a smaller version of H. Abiqua drinking Gourd. It is a medium-sized hosta that has an unruly habit with gorgeous corrugated cupped-shaped leaves. Otherwise... my old-time favorite is H. Halcyon and all its sports.
But H. Silver Bay, H. Blue Cadet, H. Blue Mouse Ears are all small- medium sized blues. A great mini is H. Popo.
Enjoy your hostas! -Ethan

    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 5:10PM
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