H. Alex Summers

evermore_gw z 4/5 NBJuly 13, 2012

For the second year in a row, Alex Summers is my favorite hosta. It grows quickly, has a beautiful upright stance, and has that subtle blend of colors that appeals to me. A mutation of Gold Regal, it was registered in 1989 and is named after one of the founding members of the American Hosta Society. I notice that only a handful of the lists in Paul's Top Twenty include this one, but I would highly recommend it.

Steve

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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

Mine is not as beautiful as yours, but I keep liking this one more and more. I think it was Moccasin that said that this Hosta was impeccable.

Steve

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 5:13PM
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esox48(4/MN)

Alex Summers does seem to fly under the radar. I bought two of them a few years back to place in pots on the patio. This is how they looked when I bought them for about $20 each.

After a couple of years, I took off a couple of eyes from one and planted it in the ground. This is now it looks now.

I still have the two in pots, but I'm getting tired of planting them in the ground every winter and digging them back up and potting them again in big, heavy pots. So I don't know whether to cover the pots with a tarp and hope for the best, taking a chance of killing them, or just find a home for them.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 5:55PM
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Cricket_Love(4b)

WOW Evermore! Your hosta is stunning!!!! Is now on my wish list! Thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 6:44PM
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jodikay

Alex Summers 2yrs now in my garden. I love it. It made my list of top twenty. I can see mine is going to be a great beauty when it grows up!

Steve - what are the pretty yellow flowers in your picture?

Jodi

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 8:57PM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

Jodi,

Those are an Allium by the name of Moly. Christmas Tree Shop special. They bloom in late May early June.

Steve

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 9:07PM
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hockeychik(4b MN)

I have to agree that I am also quite impressed with my Alex Summers. It always looks so pretty, upright and healthy. It has been a good grower with a nice shape. It filled out much quicker than I had expected too.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 11:30PM
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almosthooked

Mine is a mere baby but now I see why I bought it . I can hardly wait. Beauty!!

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 11:47PM
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timhensley_gw

Mine is absolutely stunning this year as well. I didn't take much notice of it when it was smaller but now that it has come size on it, it's become a real standout.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 8:19AM
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Gesila(MI Z5)

Not only stunning, but sun tolerant AND the slugs leave it alone. It should be in the top 20 for those reasons alone!

Here's my Alex Summers grown in full sun. I finally added the mister to this little bed a week ago.

Gesila

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 10:19AM
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gardenfanatic(MO zone5b)

Esox, why do you have to keep digging it up, putting in pot, then planting again, or covering with a tarp?

Deanna

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 10:41AM
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hippieindenial

Here's mine!
Hosta 'Alex Summers'

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 11:38AM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Yes, Alex Summers is a sophisticated hosta with lots of class. Impeccable manners and looks. I did not have the foresight to buy this hosta. No, Chris at Hallsons GAVE it to me as a bonus earlier this spring. Mine is not growing in direct sun, but it gets bright shade all day long beneath a tree-size ligustrum.

Here is the latest glamor shot:

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 11:41AM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Yes, Alex Summers is a sophisticated hosta with lots of class. Impeccable manners and looks. I did not have the foresight to buy this hosta. No, Chris at Hallsons GAVE it to me as a bonus earlier this spring. Mine is not growing in direct sun, but it gets bright shade all day long beneath a tree-size ligustrum.

Here is the latest glamor shot:

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 11:42AM
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weekendweeder(5A NY)

Wow, this is going on my wish list as well. Next year I'm planning on adding some hosta to a sunnier border that just isn't working out well for long-stemmed full-sun perennials (so leggy).

Everyone's photos look so different. moccasinlanding, yours looks a lot darker green and glossier than most, whereas hippieindenial's and evermore's look waxier and bluer. I can see why you passed it up on Hallson's site though (as did I when making my wish list)--they need a better photo!

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 12:29PM
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esox48(4/MN)

Deanna,

It's kind of a risk leaving a hosta in a pot all winter around here, so I've been planting my two potted Alex Summers in the ground every winter to protect them. That works fine, but it's a lot of work dealing with large hostas and large ceramic pots.

So I'm thinking I may just cover them as they are this winter and hope for the best. Or I might just plant them somewhere or give them away.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 1:32PM
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Gesila(MI Z5)

I received mine as a bonus plant from Chris in the fall of 2010!

Gesila

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 1:42PM
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paula_b_gardener 5b_ON(5b)

Hippie, you are in the same province and zone as me. What conditions is your Alex Summers growing in - how much sun and when, etc.

I love this hosta, I will definitely see if I can find it tomorrow. Today, I started a new bed to make some more room - oh dear, I wonder if my DH will notice?

    Bookmark   July 16, 2012 at 11:59PM
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hippieindenial

Hi Paula,
I would say my Alex Summers is in sun for most of the day. It handles it well.
Vanessa

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 8:46PM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Mine is glossy probably because I sprayed it down with some bug juice that keeps saw flies from eating it. I saw some silvery trails in the soil of the pots in that area, and dosed them all in the area.

It is in bright shade where it sits, and I might later bring it out into more morning sunlight before it is time for dormancy.

I do not really know WHEN THINGS WILL GO DORMANT around here, since our first frost date is so late. And this year is the first test of hosta growing for me, actually. So I'm trying to pace them where they will last for another 3 months before they wither away. Prolonging the pretty life is my goal, if I can manage it.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 9:45PM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

And I have a new picture taken today of my Alex Summers.
Probably more than one. But I love this shot.

And, look at the shadow pattern on this leaf. Do you see a face? :)

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 1:39AM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

I think that's the Virgin Mary in that shadow pattern. I saw the same thing in my potato chip today.

BTW, I think that is a fasciated scape.

Steve

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 5:50PM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Well, Steve, I read Chris' remark that Alex Summers was a strange acting hosta, something to that effect, and I thought, hmmm, mine is behaving. BUT, now I see I was mistaken.

I read a thread from last summer about fasciated scapes on the Yankee Blue, will have to go out tomorrow and look closely at that scape. A LOT of leaves on the hosta. I did not notice anything funny, until today when the scape shot up a few inches taller overnight. Now it looks to have a couple of leaves elongating around the flower bud.

Well heck. I have to cut it off for the well being of the hosta, do I not? Thanks .

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 10:29PM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

You can cut it if you want to, but you don't have to. It won't hurt anything.

Steve

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 10:48PM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Well......
In that case, I might keep it around and see if I learn something. The thread with the Yankee Blue grew to be a quite large anomaly up where flowers were supposed to be!

I vaguely remember responding in that thread. Never saw a real fasciated scape before, so .....learning curve for me. Thanks for identifying the problem.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 12:49AM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

We get lots of snow here. I ran out of time and left potted hostas in garden over winter...other than removing ice from surface, loosening pots so they could drain (now THAT was not easy as they froze to the ground)...but they all survived and are very healthy, thank goodness. However, I will heed advice and turn them on their sides this winter so no ice worries in spring..Plan A is to get them into the garage!

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 10:48AM
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