Favorite Gold Hostas

Steve Massachusetts Zone 5bDecember 30, 2010

I'd like to order a couple of medium to large gold hostas for the spring. I'm considering Zounds, Golden Scupture, and Dancing Queen. What others should I look at? I know someone mentioned Piedmont Gold. I'd like a gold that holds its color throughout the growing season, grows vigorously, and one that has interesting leaf structure as well. If you have pictures, please consider posting them here. I can always check the library, but I'd like to see what these look like in your garden. Thanks for your help.

Steve

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evermore_gw z 4/5 NB

Hi Steve,

I really like Golden Waffles

and Maui Buttercups

(another) Steve

    Bookmark   December 30, 2010 at 2:20PM
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mctavish6

I like the golds and I like doing pictures so here you go.

It seems like you have to choose between those that are bright in the spring and turn to green or those that start green and turn more yellow and brighter as the season goes on. It's nice to have both but I prefer those that turn more yellow. You could have Sea Fire and Richland Gold near each other for instance and when one turns from bright yellow to green the other is doing the opposite.

You mentioned Dancing Queen which is pictured below. It is one that turns more Green like Sea Fire and others.

Below are some of my favourites shown early, mid to late summer and in the garden to give you context with other plants. With the exception of Richland Gold and Sea Gulf Stream (both grown in almost solid shade, the other are in sun for at least half of the day.

Rising Sun is only in it's second year and shows great promise. It's growning fast and a wonderful, shiny yellow.

Sunpower wasn't on your list and I thought that might be bacause it was too big? It would be one of the very first I would replace if I ever lost it.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2010 at 3:10PM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

Mctavish,
Great pictures and info. From the above Piedmont Gold and Sea Gulf Stream really pop out. Sunpower in that last picture is also a great plant. Thanks for the lesson.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2010 at 3:59PM
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thisismelissa(z4a-S Twin Cities MN)

Sea Fire is fab, but for me, it's gone completely green by mid june. That doesn't stop me from having 2 of them though.

I like Krugerrand:

In the below pic, Krugerrand is to the left of the tree, in front of the Goatsbeard. Another great gold is Lakeside San Kao, also shown below. Right in front of the tree, toward the front of the garden. Not huge yet, but holds color well.... nice piecrust edge. This pic was taken on July 30th.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2010 at 4:10PM
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esox48(4/MN)

Sun Power

Golden Sculpture

    Bookmark   December 30, 2010 at 10:15PM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

SP and GS are great plants also. I love the leaves on GS. Is that an early picture? Will it become more gold later in the season?

    Bookmark   December 31, 2010 at 6:33AM
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esox48(4/MN)

Yes, that's an early picture of Golden Sculpture. You can see there are no scapes yet. It brightens up but is never as gold as Sun Power....Here's a later one and one from way across the yard in bright sunlight.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2010 at 9:28AM
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hosta_freak(z6 NC)

Although not really a solid gold,I really like my Paradise Power,a sport of Sun Power. Here is a pic from May of this year. Take a look. Phil

    Bookmark   December 31, 2010 at 9:58AM
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shade_tolerant

Lovely hosta pix everyone.
Zounds is a slow grower for me.
I think you asked for golds that are large, these are some of the ones I like--

Dawn's Early Light

Great Lakes Gold

Golden Waffles

Sea Gulf Stream

Close up pic of the deeply impressed veins on SGS

    Bookmark   December 31, 2010 at 2:03PM
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hostadom(US 4 Ag Can 6)

Of the Hostas I've seen only a few have made me say "WOW". One of them was a mature clump of Sun Power. Top of my list for large golds.
Another factor is that it's got pretty good substance. Some of the other cultivars listed don't have much substance and with their low lying leaves they may be slug magnets(?).

    Bookmark   December 31, 2010 at 3:39PM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

I've never seen Great Lakes Gold before. Spectacular leaf on that plant. Sea Gulf Stream also has great veining and ripples. I'm going to look for that one. And yes Sun Power is a wow plant.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2010 at 4:34PM
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almosthooked

Looking for anothe gold upright hosta on the internet and came up with another forum posting from 2010 and more lovely golds again. I just better quit NOW but for all that are in the want and have to have list , I see more I would love to own too. I am sunk !

This post was edited by almosthooked on Mon, Feb 17, 14 at 20:29

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 7:29PM
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bkay2000

Great thread. Thanks for bumping it.

bk

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 7:51PM
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sunnywood 5aChazyNY

My favorite so far is Daybreak . It loves the sun and stays yellow through the summer.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 8:01PM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

Thanks for the trip through the way back machine. I ended up buying almost all of the plants listed in this thread. There are a couple more that weren't mentioned that I found.

High Noon. This one belongs to Matt Sanford. I bought one soon after seeing it.

Another one that I bought after touring the Sanford Garden was Solar Flare.

Midnight Sun, this is my plant. I looked a long time for this one and found it at Land of the Giants.

Steve

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 8:12PM
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bchosta 8b west coast canada

I too have been looking at solid golds recently - I am trying to balance out the variegated hostas. Flemish Gold, Little Miss Sunshine, Dancing Queen, Marrakech and Prairie Moon arrived late in September last year. I await with curiosity to see what they will produce this spring. Still to arrive via a recent order... Sea Gulf Stream, Moon Waves, and Glorious.
BC

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 9:08PM
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bernd ny zone5(5)

After I got h.'August Moon' I gave up looking for other yellow/gold ones. It multiplies so fast in my yard, have now quite a few. Otherwise I like 'Sum and Substance', 'Key West', 'Dancing Queen', 'Sun Power', 'Choo Choo Train', 'Dab a Green'.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2014 at 5:22PM
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desperationfalls(z5 MA)

Would love to get two golds in black square pots at
top of our backyard steps. Problem is that they
would be under a canopy of azaleas which are
under a canopy of tall oaks. So full shade!
Would Sun Power give me a good yellow color
in these dark conditions? Or does Dancing Queen
give a better popping yellow? Any help would
be much appreciated--even suggestions of other hostas!

    Bookmark   March 8, 2014 at 7:45PM
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jadie88(7 MD)

Wow, this thread really had me thrown! I didn't notice the date, and I kept thinking, "Why is Steve acting like he doesn't a) already know all these and b) already have all these! How fun to see one of you wizened hosta gurus back when you were one of us.

I'm pretty sure you responded to a very similar thread of my own last summer! Thanks for handing down the aquired hosta-wisdom. :)

    Bookmark   March 8, 2014 at 8:38PM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

Pretty funny, Jadie. This thread is part of the way back machine.

Desperation Falls, where in MA are you from. Probably a bit west of me (Millbury) since you are Z5. You can't go wrong with either Dancing Queen or Sun Power in those pots on your steps. Although I think DQ would probably give longer seasonal color. It'll do fine in full shade, especially under tall Oaks.

Steve

    Bookmark   March 8, 2014 at 10:17PM
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desperationfalls(z5 MA)

Whoops! Haven't been on gardenweb forums for about 7 years--so even though I remembered my password, I
did not remember how to start a new posting--so I
piggybacked onto this one. Apologies.
However, thanks to Steve and Jadie, I've got a great
start onto my project. How about Fire Island? Does
this hold its gold color well in full shade?
Thanks again. (Live just west of Boston)

    Bookmark   March 9, 2014 at 8:43AM
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esox48(4/MN)

No, Fire Island doesn't hold its gold color.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2014 at 9:18AM
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hosta_rus(3)

Hi! I'm a newbie on this forum.
I like h.August Moon. This one in my garden.

In bloom.

This post was edited by hosta_rus on Fri, Mar 14, 14 at 19:43

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 7:33PM
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gardens1(5b ON)

Welcome aboard, hosta_rus!

    Bookmark   March 15, 2014 at 11:40PM
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desperationfalls(z5 MA)

Gorgeous pictures, hosta_rus! How do you keep
sllug damage to nothing?

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 10:01AM
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hosta_rus(3)

desperationfalls, thanks!
I do nothing to protect against slugs. Last year there was not a lot of slugs, so my hostas were eaten later than usual :) Also in our zone 3 hostas fully grow up in June.

This post was edited by hosta_rus on Sun, Mar 16, 14 at 19:39

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 7:29PM
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don_in_colorado

Welcome to the forum, hosta_rus. Zone 3? Brrrrr are you close to Siberia? Well, whatever part of Russia you live, you know how to grow hostas like a pro! Short growing season makes them grow super-fast, eh? Yes, stick around, have fun, teach, learn, enjoy pics and post more pics, please. Beautiful hostas you have, I see.

Cheers,
Don B.
Westminster, Colorado, USA

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 9:51PM
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bernd ny zone5(5)

Hosta_rus, welcome to the forum! You have a nice garden showing companion plants to your hostas. Bernd

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 9:09AM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

My goodness, a gold thread with some great life to it, new and old peeps, lots of stuff to swoon over.

I have a Fat Cat on order.
Love the picture above of Sea Gulf Stream, reminds me of a golden Niagara Falls with that rippled edge. Me, I have yet to meet a gold/yellow I did not love.

Also, you might consider a gold middle with a narrow green margin. Now, THAT opens up a whole nuther ballgame.
For instance, Paradise Island, and its tetraploid Volcano Island. I have both, but will not photo them here.
Welcome Hosta R Us!!!! Great name.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 5:57PM
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hmacflower(Z4 Ont.)

Thanks for the wonderful pics! I will look for Sea Gulf Stream & Great Lakes Gold...beautiful!!
Heather

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 9:35AM
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hosta_rus(3)

Thank you all for the warm welcome :)
No, I am not living in Siberia, though not far, just 500 km to the west. Summer we have a short but hot. Frost-free period of 3 months in a bad year, so everything is growing fast. Fortunately hostas like our climate :)
I do not have a lot of allgold hostas, but I really like Sum and Substance. It glows in the autumn.

Anne

This post was edited by hosta_rus on Tue, Mar 18, 14 at 16:46

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 4:44PM
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bkay2000

A medium gold I really like is Birchwood Parky's Gold. It's another really old one. It holds it's color well through the season.

Dancing Queen is really nice early, but turns green later in the season. It's not so special then. I think I would choose another one for a prominent place.

bk

Birchwood Parky's Gold

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 11:40AM
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don_in_colorado

'Aspen Gold' is another nice one. It'll get more gold on it than this in a bit more sun.

Don B.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 12:17PM
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