Sun Tolerant hosta

tomahawkclaimAugust 7, 2008

What hosta are large and sun-tolerant? I want to intersperse hosta on a hillside currently covered with daylilies. I've already got Sum & Substance and Krossa Regal.

Should all the sports of Sum & Substance retain its sun-tolerance? Should Regal Splendor retain Krossa Regal's sun tolerance?

I'll be going to a hosta auction in Ohio on Aug 16th and I'd like to have a list of good options. Thanks, everyone!

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

any hosta with white will be problematic in the sun ...

i wrote this in other posts:

white tissue is basically dead to the plant .... reduced food production.. and IMHO ... reduced transpiration .... or ability to 'take' the sun ...

they melt out in too much sun ...

but the plant will fade away in to much shade ....

real tricky to properly site a plant with such problems ..

when the perfect place is found ... they are spectacular ...

good luck


    Bookmark   August 7, 2008 at 1:10PM
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dbowemd(z5 OH)

Yes the sports will retain the sun tolerance of the original plants. The most sun tolerant ones are the fragrant ones. Invincible is very impressive in this regard. Plantaginea and Royal standard do very well in a lot of sun.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2008 at 1:57PM
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So, Dave, will Guacamole, Fragrant Bouquet, Fragrant Dreams and Stained Glass hold up in full sun? I love all of those in my garden now and would happily split them for the daylily hillside. NCM

    Bookmark   August 7, 2008 at 3:08PM
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dbowemd(z5 OH)

Yes those are very good in lots of sun. Plant them this year and they will do well when they emerge in the sun next year, even though they might not look so good this fall. Don't forget about watering.


    Bookmark   August 7, 2008 at 9:21PM
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I must recommend Orange Marmalade, Sun Power and Pineapple Upside Down Cake for the sun too.


    Bookmark   August 7, 2008 at 10:28PM
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papou(Z5b Ontario)

Top 3 sun tolerant hostas ÂSurvey posted by Katsu Oct. 19, 2005
(hosta receives min. 6 hrs of direct afternoon sun)

Abiqua Moonbeam
August Moon
Fried Green Tomatoes
Alex Summers
Golden Sculpture
Jewel of the Nile
Night Before Christmas
On Stage
PaulÂs Glory
Stained Glass
Sum and Substance
Sun Power
Fragrant Blue (performs well in a lot of sun.)

    Bookmark   August 8, 2008 at 8:10AM
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papou(Z5b Ontario)

"Perfect Perennials" informs us that the most damage occurs from 11 AM to 4PM. They also claim that the thick leaved and fragrant hostas with enough water will also tolerate sun conditions better than others. Additionally they inform us that there is "no such thing as a truly sun-tolerant hosta, zone 6 and south they need some shade. Below I have added ones not mentioned before that tolerate four or more hours of sun without excessive care: Alex Summers Aztec Treasure Birchwood Parky's Gold Blonde Elf Blue Mammoth Blue Unbrellas'Calypso Chartreuse Ruffles Choko Nishiki Feather Boa Fragrant Gold Green Fountain Green Wedge Glory Gold Regal Gold StandardGolden Anniversary Golden Tiara Green Sheen Hadspen Blue hypoleuca Hoosier Harmony Inniswood Joker June Lady Isobel Barnett Lemon Lime Mackawa Nancy Minks OnStage Paul's Glory Venus Radiant Edger Regal Splendor Sagae September Sun Shining Tot Solar Flare Summer Fragrance Sundance Sun Dance Sun Glow Treasure undulata Albomarginata Vanilla Cream Vera Verde Whirlwind Wrinkles and Cream Zounds Just remember, the more sun, the more water they need.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2008 at 8:19AM
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dbowemd(z5 OH)

My Sun Power didn't tolerate sun when it was young, but has been getting better after a few years. I have seen some Sun Power looking good in a lot of sun.


    Bookmark   August 8, 2008 at 10:24AM
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papou(Z5b Ontario)

My Sun Power takes about 4 hours of sun and is one of my best plant. It is now very large:


Here is a link that might be useful: Papou's Hosta website

    Bookmark   August 8, 2008 at 9:09PM
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well just think about years past.....the best time to TAN yourself was from the hours of 10am and 2 pm! i used to do that when i was much younger and try not to do that with my hostas unles i give them ALOT of water


    Bookmark   August 9, 2008 at 3:05AM
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