The Hosta at the Top of Your Want/Must-have lists for 2014?

don_in_coloradoNovember 8, 2013

I know how most of us are, happily hooked on Hostas; We get our shipments of 10, 25, 50-75+ plants, enthusiastically pot them in whatever potting mixes have been proven to work well for your beauties...Or plant them in locations in earth that you've probably amended with rich topsoil and compost....Awesome, get 'em early enough in spring, we can admire them and watch them leaf out, throw scapes up beyond their canopies of wonderful and incredibly varied leaves. Of course, the plants you bought the previous season are doing their thing, but even more showy, perhaps because they've been established for a full season (or more)...Wonderful!!

Makes me think of a running list many of us have, either written down (like mine) or filed in the old Melon Vault that is the human brain....

...Difficult as it may be, tell us the ULTIMATE TOP 5 that is currently on YOUR MUST HAVE list...Give me the top 5...But that does NOT mean you have to stop at 5, no no no!!

Pictures, as always, are warmly welcomed if you have them : )

Have fun, peeps! (Also a good way for others the find out about varieties they may not know of...Yet!

Cheers, Everyone, Let's have some fun : )

Don B.

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don_in_colorado

I'll start with my top 5...

1. Stingray
2. Leading Lady
3. Victory
4.Singing In The Rain
5. Solar Flare

After that, my goodness...

Parhelion
Emerald Charger
His Honor
Imperial Palace
Lakeside Surf Rider
Beauty Substance
Eventide
Clear Fork River Valley
Grape Fizz
Frozen Margarita
Mariachi
Paradise Sunshine
Gold Standard
Sunny Delight
Lakeport Blue
Gold Regal
Eola Sapphire

I'll have to come back and add more, as dinner is being served : ) ; P

    Bookmark   November 8, 2013 at 10:03PM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

As I'm mostly buying local these days, I buy what is pretty and I don't already have. I live on a small city lot, and don't have a lot of shade, so don't buy too many. Last year, I had a shot at a huge Manhattan, and didn't buy it (MISTAKE!). That's on my list. I'd like a couple of the Guacamole sports.

I also have a list of greens I want. Lakeside Old Smokey leads off, followed by Edge of night, spinach patch, potomac pride, midlight oil and Hossier Dome. HD is an Olga, and I want a couple of more of those. I'd like to try at least one more Plantaginea sport. So far, I'm battng "0" on those.

There are just too many. I don't see how you guys make a list.

bk

    Bookmark   November 8, 2013 at 10:26PM
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mountainy man z8 Ireland

My list gets added to every day from seeing all your glorious pics, you terrible people lol!

My list is probably not too exciting for you guys with 100's of hostas but I gotta start somewhere and they are all new to me.

As it stands:
1. Liberty
2.Irish Luck
3. Neptune
4. Hudson bay
5. Blue angel
6. Regal splendour
7. Mourning dove
8. El Nino
9. Earth angel

  1. Love pat
  2. Antioch

I will stop there for now!
Surely this thread will add more to this.

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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Okay, here goes.

Top Five to get:
1. William Lachman
2. Razzle Dazzle OS
3. Quesadilla
4.Alligator Shoes
5. Harpoon

Then there are others--
Something Different OS
Shade Master
Behemoth
Purple Passion
Sieboldii (species)
Swirling Hearts (I have a thing for hearts it seems)
Margie's Angel
Dixie Chickadee
gracillima
Hoosier Homecoming (it's fragrant)
Blaze of Glory
Black Mamba
Calamity Jane
Cherokee (a Van Wade Native American now in TC....frag)
Foxy Doxy
High Noon
Mikado
Peter The Rock
Xela (a Jim Hartmann plant)

Note also that I am hoping to acquire duplicates of many nicely performing fragrant hosta. To that end, I have determined to get more
Fried Bananas
Sugar Babe
Machete
White Knight OS
Fragrant Bouquet (which is looking so good, and it is a sporting kind of hosta)

I have my order for spring in with Naylor Boyz, might make another one before the end of December... On order is:
Parthenon
The Sweetest Thing
Irish Eyes
Stargate
Bamse
Erotica

    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 12:00AM
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jadie88(7 MD)

Great question!

--I want to add Manhattan and Mississippi River Delta to my recently acquired Chesapeake Bay...they all represent places I've called home.

--a great rippled edge green: Marilyn Monroe, Clovelly, Grand Slam, Irish Luck, or Candy Dish (I say "or," but of course I mean "and!")

--Bridal Falls

--maybe try a mini...'Cameo' always catches my eye

--Frank Lloyd Wright

--The King and Fragrant Queen

So any more! I actually threw away my list because I need to slow down for $ and space reasons...I figure if I want it badly enough I will remember it! :)

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bragu_DSM 5

now don, i thot your list would look more like this:

1. Guacamole
2. GUAcamole
3. GuaCAmole
4. GuacaMOle
5. GuacamoLE

you will love leading lady.

I need Victory, and a couple more mildreds ...

need? well, you know.

ÃÂ.ÃÂ --~

dave

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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

1, Almost
2. Outrageous
3. Skylight
4. Stag's Leap
5. Blushing Blue

I'll probably buy a few more red/purple petioled Hostas like Purple Heart, and I'm always looking for more VL blues and golds as I extend my garden up the hill under the Oak trees.

Steve

    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 6:26AM
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jadie88(7 MD)

Steve, how could I forget Skylight? A must have for sure. Anyone here have photos? I have only seen a few, but they are always incredible.

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squirejohn zone4 VT

Hole Mole is the only new one.

I also intend to buy Capt. Kirk & Whirlwind even though I already have them.

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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

This one's not mine, but I wish it was.

Skylight OS

    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 7:28AM
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mikgag Z5b NS Canada

These have already been ordered for 2014.

top 5 would probably be

1) Stags Leap
2) Continental Divide
3) High Tide
4) Jade Cascade
5) Ocean Isle

Allegan Emperor
American Icon
Beckoning
Blue Jay
Clear Fork River Valley
Clovelly
Coal Miner
Continental Divide
Dab a Green
Gray Cole
Hampshire County
High Tide
Hillbilly Blues
Jade Cascade
Krugerrand
Montana Macrophylla
Ocean Isle
Pewterware
Spartacus
Spinach Souffle
Stags Leap
The King

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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Jadie, take a look at Fragrant King too....Fragrant Queen came from it.

I'm noticing several have The King listed, so guess I must investigate it before I sleep tonight.

I have a couple more to add to my list, in the crinkly golds.
Gold Regal
Rascal

Also, Black Mamba....I love those dark greens!

and then I am curious about
Heart of Hearts (says it is 'INvincible' x 'Guacamole') but not pictured in the HLibrary, is in MYHOSTAS.BE...and.on the Fransen website. With that kind of family tree, it should be a worthy addition, right Don? :)

Editing to add: ATOMIC MOMMA, which is a cross between Atom Smasher x plantaginea. It says not fragrant in description at MYHOSTAS.BE. However, with the genes in its pool, I'm wondering if any fragrants could come of it in the next generation. Think it could?

This post was edited by moccasinlanding on Sat, Nov 9, 13 at 15:02

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luuk(9b)

Hello everyone I am new in this forum, my English is not very good, ...hope, it's ok for you :-)
I love plants and hostas have a special place in my heart !
I started collecting a couple of hostas in 2011, currently I have 40 cultivars and 15 duplicates.

This year I bought several variegated, so for 2014 I want some monochrome leaves, here my list:

- Atomic Elvis
- Awakening Angel
- Blue Tooth
- Designer Genes
- Jaws

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jan_on zone 5b

welcome luuk! We all speak 'hosta' here, so come aboard and practice your English on us! You are the first person from Switzerland that I am aware of here - how exciting to add a new country to our list of forum posters.
Jan

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jan_on zone 5b

My list changes regularly - I buy from the local growers so my garden reflects their taste - and the annual alphabet will cause more revisions. TODAY it includes.....
Jade Cascades
Squash Casserole
Lakeside Shore Master
Foxfire Palm Sunday
Olive Branch
Blue Ivory
Lakeside Cindy Cee
Forbidden Fruit
Angel Feathers
plantiginea
....and a really large replacement for the Montana Aureomarginata that seemed to disappear this fall.
Jan

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gardens1(5b ON)

Welcome, Luuk! You are off to a good start already, stick around to receive lots of enabling! Your English is fine, no worries, if ever we are unsure of your meaning, we'll ask you to clarify.

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bragu_DSM 5

you guys will enjoy jade cascade ... glacier cascade is another great one. The flower stalks raise high atop the plant, and then cascade downwards. The leaves get huge and long.

dave *cascade*

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bernd ny zone5

It is to early yet to know what I want for 2014, and then I can still order it until April/May 2014. I have several big spots where I moved out a 6 ft conifer (was in shade) and had large trees removed with their stumps ground down. I would like a very large blue with floppy and/or corrugated leaves and large center variegated plants, which should anchor a place and become show stoppers. I like to get divisions of large plants, hate to wait forever on small plants growing up.
Dave, I saw H.'Jade Cascade' in the Hosta Journal and like that plant too. I have others on lists, need to check into catalogs, etc. Bernd

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hillbillyhosta

lakeside paisley print
Godzilla
rainbows end
trifecta
liberty

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don_in_colorado

Wow, so many choices...I'm reading the lists you all have and I'm thinking 'How did I leave THAT one off the list'? Of course, my list seems to be growing, even though my bank account is not.

LOL Dave, well you know, more 'Guacamole'...I suppose that goes without saying (a couple more, anyway) : ) Yes, thanks for the endorsement, 'Leading Lady' looks like a big winner.

You know it, Mocc; 'Heart Of Hearts' sounds very desirable from the description, maybe a pic or two will turn up soon.

'Skylight' looks awesome!

Don B.

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don_in_colorado

Always another one to add to the list, huh?...'Xanadu Passion's Fruit' is in TC production and is scheduled to be available for sale in 2014 through Land of the Giants. It's origin is from Mr. and Mrs. Skaggs. Solid chartreuse/yellow with piecrust margins and deep veining. Nice pics of it in the hosta library. I'm here to enable. : )

Don B.

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hostahillbilly(4)

but i sooo thought I sold u Golden Gate . ..

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luuk(9b)

@Jan and gardens1, thanks for the welcome messages!
IâÂÂm happy to share this passion with you all and maybe get some experts advice.

Cheers!

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luuk(9b)

...and some more
Alley Oop
Blue Cascade
Bridal Falls
Clovelly
Dawns Early Light
Embroidery
Eos
Fragrant Light
Gila River
Hyuga Urajiro
Lady in Red
Lakeside Zing Zang
Little Black Scape
Outhouse Delight
Plantaginea Athena (it's a dream)
Prom Queen
Purple Heart
Sails Ho
Sparkler Walters
Stolen kiss
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Striped Weasel
Twister
Winfield Mist
Winter Lightning

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ilovetogrow z9 Jax Florida

More Lakesides and more minis. I have found that no matter what is on my wish list I order by I. I want it, I see it, I am going to get it. Due to house renovations I had to limit my buying to just spring this year. Lots to make up for. Paula

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jimr66

Top 5 for next year:
Dancing Queen
Rainbows end
Autumn Frost
Blue mammoth
Lakeside Prophesy

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don_in_colorado

LOL Oh you did, HH just as surely as you sold a 'Katie Q' to me (Which I received in my last order of this season, BTW) So many to keep abreast of!

Don B.

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hostahillbilly(4)

DB,

this thread is overloading my ability to even try to keep up, like the alphabet runs the past few years.

info overload, never thot me the internet monster would b there, but it's run me over, d##n

BUT, don't stop, y'all, I'll come back often to try to kechup, and it'z bin worth it every time

hh

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harryshoe zone6 eastern Pennsylvania

I don't have much space. I will find a spot for Liberty because it looks fantastic in every picture I see of it.

Also Guardian Angel because Ken says I must.

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almosthooked

I write my want lists on small pieces of paper and then start new want list because I lost the paper( Or my husband loses them for me) The odd time I find the list and then wonder if I really needed it after all lol

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ci_lantro

Hadn't thought much about it. Spring is a long ways off for those of us up here on the tundra. But here's a tiny little start...

Liberty
Simply Sharon
Mango Tango

and three fragrant ones:
Emerald Charger
Doubled Up
Jade Stone

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don_in_colorado

LOL Faye, your hubby doesn't yet realize it is futile to 'lose' your lists? : ) Heh heh heh...

Don B.

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don_in_colorado

Good call, Harry. 'Liberty' is like Jell-o, always room for it. : )

Don B.

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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

1. Fragrant Bouquet ('cause she is DonGuac's momma)
2. Rascal ('cause I can't get Golden gate locally)
3. Emerald Ruff Cut
4. Remember Me ('cause of the poignant story behind it)
5. Giant land Sunny Mouse Ears

which may all be bumped now due to the top gun thread submissions, lol !!!

Jo

This list may have to be revisited, many times over!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2013 at 2:10PM
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unbiddenn(5)

Devils Advocate
Purple Haze
Cameo

I have already ordered Purple Haze.

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Terri9094(5a)

Top 5 on list for 2014

Fried Bananas
Neptune
Liberty--to replace a tiny TC that just won't grow
June Spirit
Lakeside Prissy Miss--if I can find one

Top 5 would have been:

Komodo Dragon
Avocado
Earth Angel
The Queen
Touch of Class

But, after telling myself I was done for the year--I went to a end of year sale & picked these--and a few others--up for cheap!

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funnthsun z7A - Southern VA

Well, this is supposed to be my WANT list, right? Not my CAN HAVE list? So, for my want list, these are my top 5, in no particular order:

Dancing Queen
Quiet Waters
Journey's End
Brant Rock Jetty
Ocean Isle

What's not to want!

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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

Good luck with Brant Rock Jetty. It's probably in about 2 or 3 private gardens. The others are widely available. Below is my picture of BRJ in Rick Goodenough's garden.

Steve

This post was edited by steve_mass on Fri, Nov 15, 13 at 8:37

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funnthsun z7A - Southern VA

That's why it's a WANT list, not a CAN HAVE list!

I am surprised that you didn't say that Quiet Waters wasn't available either, though. I don't know of a source for that yet, either. At least there's hope for that one, BRJ is on the list to not be shared much at all. So sad for such a beautiful and unmatched hosta! It will be on my want list for a very long time!

This post was edited by funnthsun on Fri, Nov 15, 13 at 9:38

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bkay2000(8a TX)

I'm finally getting one of my top "wants". I'm getting Don R's Pride and Joy in the spring. It's the best one of those Paul's Glory sports and I love them all.

bk

Here is a link that might be useful: Don's Pride and Joy

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beverlymnz4

Well, I'm having trouble coming up with just 5. It's too early for me to be narrowing things down. But I will give it a try (with caveats):

Continental Divide (Finally)
Tea at Betty's (Anyone grow this one? I need a review.)
Thrills and Frills (Supposedly small so it should fit anywhere.)
Brutus (or some other big tough fancy green of which I have many on my list.)
Spring Fling (or Bridal Falls, or Minnesota Wild or ...)

    Bookmark   November 16, 2013 at 9:51AM
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funnthsun z7A - Southern VA

bk, I'm getting pride and joy this year, too. I'm pretty excited about it, too! It is a beautiful hosta :o

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newhostalady Z6 ON, Canada

OK, Don B., you made me look for my list and go over all those listed to find the ultimate five for me. Here they are:

Bridal Falls (saw one and fell in love)
Seducer (the images seen so far are heavenly)
Cathedral Windows (what's not to like?)
Old Glory (Saw a mature one---what a beauty!)
Spartacus (love those frills and the edge)

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funnthsun z7A - Southern VA

ok, random double post days later!

This post was edited by funnthsun on Thu, Nov 21, 13 at 11:40

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