Solid Greens

hostahostaJuly 7, 2014

I mentioned in another post that I like solid (dark) greens to put in between my variegated hosta. Since I have no grass upon which to rest the eye, I really rely on solid colored hosta to provide that resting spot. Mocc suggested I start a thread on the solid green ones. As I started thinking of pics to post, I realized I have more in this category that I realized. But still looking for more. Please join in and post your solid green ones!

First is Nightlife. Don't think I've heard mention of this one on the forum. It's a nice dark green, with pretty shaped leaves. Scapes up, no flowers yet.

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hostahosta

Found this big specimen of Fortunei Hyacinthina late last year and couldn't pass it up. Dark green and corrugated.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 11:43AM
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hostahosta

kikutii, not so dark, but still solid green, long, shiny, lance shaped leaves, gorgeous flowers in Sept. I got this one as a gift plant from when my garden group visited Wade and Gatton! Didn't have a clue what I had when I got it.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 11:46AM
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hostahosta

Of course Invincible is a must. Fragrant flowers. I just moved mine and it now sits in between Color Glory, Morning Star, Heat Wave, and Queen Josephine. Really needed the dark rippled green in that spot!

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 11:48AM
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hostahosta

Lakeside Ripples, large, elegant ripples, Got this in 2012 from Naylor Creek on the Hosta Library auction. Really love it. Reminds some of Niagara Falls, which I also have. I find LR to have much larger leaves, and to be taller, and leaves held more horizontally.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 11:52AM
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hostahosta

One Man's Treasure. Solid green and red petioles and dark purple scapes and flowers in Sept. From 2012, reaching a nice size this year. Was slow to get going.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 11:55AM
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hostahosta

montana macrophylla. A really big, but unassuming presence. Nice back drop to medium variegated hosta.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 11:58AM
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hostahosta

The Razor's Edge, small, long narrow leaves. red petioles.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 11:59AM
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hostahosta

I also use solid green companions. Hellebores leaves get darker and darker through the season and go nicely with my hosta.

Bring on your greens!

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 12:01PM
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DonnaDelaware(7A)

Everyone knows that I love my Grape Fizz - a big "Chunky Monkey" hosta that is glossy and pristine. Slugs won't go near this one. It flowers in early September with blooms that look like hyacinths.

DD

This post was edited by DonnaDelaware on Mon, Jul 7, 14 at 12:51

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 12:47PM
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luuk(9b)

Frisian Waving Steel, medium sized, the blue-green leaves are extremely thick and rippled. The plant is young, I expect great things for the coming years.

Clear Fork River Valley, ...I have no words, I can just admire its beauty.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 1:43PM
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Eleven(Metro Detroit 6A)

You have a nice selection of greens! Although your Fortunei Hyacinthina might be mismarked. I don't think they get that much corrugation. Here is a pic of my mature plant:

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 2:38PM
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Eleven(Metro Detroit 6A)

Irish Luck, second year in my garden:

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 2:41PM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

Hostahosta, from your beauties, the ones that winked at me were Lakeside Ripples and Montana macrophyla! Very, very lovely greens.

DelawareDonna, Grape Fizz can only be associated with you! Lol :-) I love that hosta of yours! It's preening, just look at those exquisite flowers and leaves!

LUUK, amazing photography of equally amazing hostas! FWS just made it to top of my list, followed by CFRV - must haves! It's photos like these that tip us over the edge. Sure worked for me!!! Thanks!

Oops, almost forgot to post my pic, lol....was blinded by all these photos!
I don't have many greens...have a few more that are blue but currently look more green, but I don't consider them greens, just viridescents.

Don from Colorado should appear in awhile as he loves his green hostas so! Some of us have to work, though ... Can u imagine this board if we were ALL retired???

This post was edited by josephines67 on Mon, Jul 7, 14 at 15:47

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Eleven(Metro Detroit 6A)

Clovelly

And Marilyn Monroe

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 2:55PM
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Eleven(Metro Detroit 6A)

Lakeside Black Satin

Lakeside Looking Glass

Lakeside Storm Watch

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Eleven(Metro Detroit 6A)

Devon Green

Dragon's Eye

Maraschino Cherry

Sparkling Burgundy

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 2:59PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

Hostahosta, great topic. The greens often get overlooked. I have more blue,yellow and variegated hostas than green and tend to use spaces between the variegated ones or other perennials. I'm still experimenting. I really like everyone's rippled greens.

I have one or two that haven't been mentioned. Here's Goober. He's been here since 2011.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 7:14PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

Cup of Grace stays upright. I'm trying to think of ways to highlight her better.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 7:18PM
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paul_in_mn(4b)

Garnet Prince

Paul

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 7:37PM
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hippieindenial

Lovely pictures, everyone!

Jade Cascade

Lakeside Midnight Miss

Beet Salad

Clausa

Vanessa

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 8:08PM
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old_dirt(5b)

My favorite solid, dark green has to be Valerie's Vanity. Good substance, a nice gloss and only spoiled by the wrens above. It does seem to be a little thinner this year. Probably some tree root competition going on.

Jerry

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 8:55PM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

Stingray

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 9:32PM
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don_in_colorado

Ahhh, THERE is Stingray! Awesome, Steve, and great pics from all. Gosan Sunproof is turning into a big 'ol hosta, and I like it.

Don B.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 9:49PM
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don_in_colorado

Very thick leaves, although no hosta is REALLY 'sunproof' here, it certainly does well.

Don B.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 9:51PM
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mbug_gw

Another Irish Luck

...and another Cup of Grace

Obsession

Lakeside Lollipop

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 9:54PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

Mbug, Wow! Love your Cup of Grace picture...you did her proud. I hope mine looks like yours some day.

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don_in_colorado

Mojito.

Don B.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 10:15PM
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maow(6a)

Plantaginea venus.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 10:19PM
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hostacats(zone 3b)

OMG!! Beet salad I like never heard of it. Do you guys have the opportunity to get more ice hostas than me or is it just that I am new to this?? All the ones you guys mentioned on this forum I have not heard!!
Wow I'm so far behind everybody!!!

michelle

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 10:47PM
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hostanista

Hostahosta, thanks for reminding us that an all green hosta is a definite must for any hosta garden. They tend to be overlooked for the fancier-schmancier types. I don't have a whole lot of all greens myself, and will make an effort to include more as my garden grows. I have the standard Plantagineas and Lancifolias and after seeing those great pics of Irish Luck and Marilyn Monroe above I'm so glad I picked both of those up this season.

And now Obsession just made it onto my wish list.

Let's not forget Queen of the Seas.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 11:49PM
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paul_in_mn(4b)

Edge of Night

Paul

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LRB3(7b GA)

I haven't seen this one posted before...

Black Jack Chew

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 10:16AM
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LRB3(7b GA)

Or this one.

Jester

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 10:19AM
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hostalover67

My favorite green is ventricosa. It re-seeds itself. :)

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 11:41AM
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paul_in_mn(4b)

From a tour garden....Niagara Falls gets notice among all the variegated.

Paul

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 11:56AM
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hostahosta

Loved seeing all the greenies! Lots of ideas for future acquisitions.

Hmmmm, F. Hyacinthina mislabeled? I hate it when that happens. And it came from a nursery, not a big box store. Though they definitely do not specialize in hosta. I really like that one. Wonder what it is? Any ideas? It has not bloomed yet, but I see scapes shorter than the leaves. I bought it last year, but it was very large then, and I think looks to be mature.

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hostatakeover swMO(6a)

Don't forget Lederhosen.....

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 7:29PM
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hostatakeover swMO(6a)

...and Lakeside Foiled Plot.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 7:31PM
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tepelus z6a SW MI

Candy Dish (with a few slug holes)

Karen

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 7:45PM
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bchosta 8b west coast canada

Green up top...but purple down below!
Miss Linda Smith

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 8:36PM
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Glen4sure(7a)

My Elegan. Does she qualify as a green hosta? That's a hellebro next to her.

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irawon(5a Ottawa)

Katsuragawa Beni

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 9:15PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

Gosan Leather Strap looks nothing like this to begin with. It has strap-like leaves as a youngster and is a fast grower. I bought it thinking it was a mini.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 9:29PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

Here are 3 GLSs evolving.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 9:34PM
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Kate1970(7a)

A young candy dish with a small bridegroom off to the right.

Neptune in its gangly teenage phase

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 10:00PM
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hostacats(zone 3b)

Oh my gosh...so many named hostas I never heard of....I'm jealous!!!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 10:12PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

Hostacats, I bet you have this one... the first hosta I bought in the 70's and a workhorse in my garden. A division I forgot to plant even survived one of our Canadian winters. It has lovely fragrant flowers in August: Hosta 'Royal Standard'... the first hosta to be registered...can't remember the year.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 10:28PM
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hostacats(zone 3b)

irawon yes I actually have many royal standards in my yard.....in the beginning not many places to buy from except walmart.......now I want fancy names. I like Gosan leather strap that's a cool one. Ok you are in Ottawa, where do you buy your hostas and do they ship online???

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 11:16PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

Hostacats, Don in Colorado started a good thread on reliable nurseries (test for HVX) in Canada. There are some good nurseries recommended, which are closer to you, do mail order and have good selections.

Here in Ottawa, I buy from Budd Gardens, which do mail order, Rideau Woodland Ramble and Whitehouse Perennials. All the info is in Don's thread.

Here is a link that might be useful: Don's thread

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 11:56PM
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zkathy(7a NC)

Mississippi Delta

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 10:09AM
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zkathy(7a NC)

Plum Pudding. Purple petioles and green leaves. Bought at Green Hill during the Dixie Regional convention. Can you tell that instead of doing the serious gardening I posted about yesterday, I'm still in my recliner with the iPad? My day off will be gone if I don't get off this forum right now. Sure is a pleasant way to waste time, though.
Kathy

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 10:15AM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

1964was the year Royal Standard was registered/first introduced... hybridized by Gulleman. This was and is still such a lovely, fresh green hosta.

That's my trivia fix for today, lol. :-)

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 12:33PM
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hostacats(zone 3b)

Wow 1964 is a long time ago!!

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Eleven(Metro Detroit 6A)

Paul, I love your Garnet Prince! I got a baby one last year that I hope grows up to look like that!

LRB3, thanks for posting a pic of Black Jack Chew. I love the dark green!

P.S. I think both Neptune and Queen of the Seas are blue hostas, not green.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 3:59PM
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bragu_DSM 5

How about ... Potomac Pride

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 8:55PM
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almosthooked

I am surprised that there was no mention of Emerald Crown. There are so many nice dark greens that show themselves very well. Depending on the light it sometimes appears lighter but either way is a hosta with no problem with slugs for mine

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 9:56PM
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coll_123(5)

Manhattan is my favorite solid green. It's just starting to come into bloom, which is great too

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 1:25PM
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hostahosta

I just looked back at all these pics. Some very nice green ones. I've added a few to my list!

Irawon: hope you return to this thread. What is the white edged one behind Goober?

Coll: I'm looking for a nice Manhattan, been on my list for long time. I WILL get one this year.

Steve: Love Stingray.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 2:05PM
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hostacats(zone 3b)

Coll I love manhatten!!

but mind you I don't think I have any on this list!!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 3:57PM
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don_in_colorado

Hoosier Dome

Don B.

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