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"Premium hosta varieties"

Posted by Jan.ON 5b/6 (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 12, 14 at 21:06

The following is from a hosta description in the Walters catalogue. Is anyone familiar with this designation? Is there an actual list?

This premium hosta variety is part of a group of the finest hostas available today. Members of this collection were evaluated and selected by a group of specialty hosta growers in zones 4-7, who together have a combined total of over 150 years of hosta growing experience. To be considered a premium hosta, plants must perform superbly in all four zones (4-7). They must also exhibit exemplary garden presence and performance, have a long season of appeal in the landscape, have leaves of good substance, and demonstrate a greater resistance to common garden pests.

Just wondering.

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RE: "Premium hosta varieties"

Well there is the Benedict Medal Winners, Awards of Merit and Honorable Mention lists on the AHS website. That's probably the closest thing to that description.


RE: "Premium hosta varieties"

Sounds like a marketing thing. Put the word collection, premium, winners, etc on a hosta and elevate it in peoples minds. It may be a very nice group.....seems to me it was brought up last year.....might find in a search.


RE: "Premium hosta varieties"

Kind of sounds like The Hosta of the Year" designations. What hostas are on the lists?

RE: "Premium hosta varieties"

I googled the term after reading the above description on the Giboshihill web site.......Walters Gardens, probably the source of the hosta being described, uses that designation on Vulcan and Alakazaam that I could find. There doesn't seem to be a list. They aren't hosta of the year. Benedict awards maybe?

RE: "Premium hosta varieties"

  • Posted by Babka 9b NorCal (My Page) on
    Fri, Jun 13, 14 at 16:34

Just like HOTY, and Proven Winners... it is a marketing tool. Good one. Made me look too.

I would be more interested in the award lists that the AHS puts out...they aren't selling them, so $$ aren't the reason for their ratings.


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