Return to the Hosta Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

Posted by hippieindenial 5b Ontario (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 22, 14 at 22:14

What hosta traits are you a sucker for? Ripples, shine, corrugation, leaf shape, etc......

I have a hard time saying no to a hosta with a yellow and white mix in the margin.

Here is Dust Devil as an example of my weakness:
 photo IMG_6172_zpsfa99f30b.jpg

I can't wait to hear everyone elses.

Vanessa


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

Right now, at the moment, this very second, at this time, currently, and today, it's pie crust edges, the curlier the better. But ask me again tomorrow.


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

Blue with light green margin or vice versa.

Paul


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

Leaf shape - those lovely hearts capture mine!
Shine - the darker and shinier the better!

I'm pretty much a newbie - I've got fifteen currently. My favourites among them are Devon Green and Risky Business, though I can't be totally consistent and predictable (my DH wouldn't know me)... I also love the ruffles on Candy Dish, the colours in Rainbow's End and those sweet little Mouses (Blue, Green, and Frosted, with an eye to get Supreme one day)

Karen

Devon Green - a baby; new this year
 photo HostaDevonGreenJuly142014_zps9c54bb11.jpg

Blue Mouse Ears - my first Mouse
 photo HostaBlueMouseEarsJuly142014_zps965301f8.jpg

Risky Business, also new this year
 photo HostaRiskyBusinessJuly142014_zpsb739bf75.jpg

And just 'cause I love it: Autumn Frost (early in the season)
 photo HostaAutumnFrostMay2920142_zps592a8762.jpg


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

Pie crusts and puckers for me.


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

While im sure this will change as I see more hostas in person, vs photos. But when I go through my wish list that has photos, I seem to have a lot of frosted looking blues, many with creamy margins or centers. Because I have never seen many in person who knows if the color is what the photo looks like.

Azure frills
Skydancer
Yankee blue
Frosted dimples
First frost

Are a few of the many on the blue side of the wish list.


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

I'm partial to yellows, good substance, ruffles, dimples, pie crust, but I also like blues. And greens. I like fragrant flowers, but also have a soft spot for spider-like flowers. I like lanceolate leaves, but do see the charm of the nearly round ones. Bottom line is, what speaks to you and that could easily change as the seasons change.

Pieter


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

I'm also a sucker for wavy, curly, or piecrust edges. But I also like the hosta whose leaf color transitions throughout the season. Love those fragrants, too, for their flowers.

DD


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

Last year it was anything bright ~ yellows and golds. This year it's dark, almost black ones.

Piecrusts are alluring...


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

...but so are puckers.


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

HostaTakeover, can you (or anyone else, for that matter) recommend any really dark, medium sized hosta? I was lusting after Lakeside Black Satin, but by many accounts on this forum, it's tricky and often disappoints.


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

Redwolf, my #1 pick would be Irish Luck. It's hardy, delightfully dark, shiny, great veins, piecrusted, and can be grown in a considerable amount of sun.

It's pictured above actually, although the lighting in that photo lends a more greenish hue to it than what you see with the naked eye.


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

Redwolfdoc - Devon green is a really dark green medium-size hosta, and a relatively inexpensive purchase. Mine is new this year.

DD


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

Its the big, blue/green leaf with a yellow margin.

 photo DSC_0091_zps74ee322d.jpg


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

One of each.


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

I, like Paul, am a sucker for the blue green combo. Lately, though, heavily corrugated yellows have struck me as beautiful, especially if it has that lighter blush to it. And, seriously, who doesn't like piecrust edges! I also like that unique gold color that you see in Seducer and Lil Abner. Still haven't met many blues that I don't like.

I can tell you what I don't like in one word, though. Minis. For me, the bigger, the better.


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

All of them, except the lance shaped leaves. Especially vase shaped yellows, and blue/yellows like Tokudama Flav....and anything related to Montana.


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

Funn, another one that has that unique gold color is The King. I didn't realize from the photos it was like that...had to see it in real life. Really pretty color combo.


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

Definitely the multi-variegated blues but currently (this year anyway) 'Liberty' is top of my list. It's majestic, elegant & stunning.


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

I too am in love with blue with bright green margins. Secret Love. Abiqua Moonbeam. Tea Time. Can't get enough of these this year.


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

Puckered leaves good color contrasts, and aqua blue monsters..oh yeah I am waiting to fall in love with those slow poke streakers .

 photo sagaesmilersm_zps6a535776.jpg


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

I love all the blues. But living here on the hot, humid, rainy Gulf Coast, my Fragrant Blue and Mouse Ears are just green. I may follow moccasinlanding's example and put them in pots for protection so that I can enjoy the colors longer.


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

How to choose? I really, really love big, rugose, heavy textured blues.
But also like piecrust edges,
and variegation of multiple colors.

Definitely favor large and giant sized hosta, but there is a need for the smaller hosta in the garden too.

I think the one thing that is NOT my favorite is narrow, elongated leaves of thin substance (but I have a few of those too)


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

I'm a sucker for these kinds of traits...I know, I didn't answer the question directly, but it is an answer in itself, on the cheeky side, LOL


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

My favorite are big variegated leaves with multiple colors. The addition of water drops just makes me love it more!


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

Seriously though, this year I love pie crusting and ripples although usually I'm weak when it comes to blue and cream combinations.
Here is Bridal Falls, new this year and I look at it a lot!!! An increase of 7 leaves and a flower scape is already an inch tall. Really bowled over by its simple beauty... Pie crust and all!


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

The Really big ones for me,,,,,all colors and shapes, but especially piecrust edges......There are not many I can resist!


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

Pie crusts, yellows/golds, giant size, puckers, vase shapes.
But I tend to like yellows as a pop of color amongst a bunch of blues.


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

Streakers and wavy edges & pie crusts

H. Rotini

 photo 20140720_134318.jpg

Ginsu Knife

 photo 20140713_100339.jpg

Wavy Streaker Savannah Supreme

 photo 20140713_100327.jpg

Spartacus

 photo 20140712_163957.jpg

Pearly Gates

 photo 20140712_090928.jpg

This post was edited by Kate1970 on Thu, Jul 24, 14 at 16:20


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

I currently am liking cupped and puckered. The larger the cupping the better. Now if only they would come up with a variegated large cupper. Phil
 photo 2014Hostas007_zps416783ea.jpg


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

My favorites I think are elegant hostas. Long pointed tips, wavy edges, and/or nice fountain-like habit. Except that I also like rugose, rounded unruly hosta. Oh, yeah, and everything in between.


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

HostaTakover,

"...but so are puckers."

What's the name of that gorgeous one you whose photo you added on Wed at 11:04?

Thanks!


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

Hosta Takeover and DelawareDonna, thank you.

I'd just like to say that you are all reprehensible enablers.

:)


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

altheatime, that one is Lakeside Dream On. I must admit it's my favorite of all......lol, at least this year.

"Now if only they would come up with a variegated large cupper."

Phil, have you seen Blueberry A La Mode? It's even more beautiful than the pics on the HL. The white edges become a bit wider with age.


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

HostaTakeover, thanks!
Where did you buy that beauty?


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

Uh-oh, time to make some choices.....
I'd have to say, excluding all the fragrants just because I love em all, I doubly love those fragrants which are either gold or have gold middles with green margins.....MOST favorite variegation. And then of course, I love the greens with the neat edges, beautiful flowers, jet green darkness of leaf, shiny especially, good substance if possible, sunworthiness of course. In my garden, I must class the blues with the greens because that is what they become. Even some of the greens become golds in this climate. One family I love are the Squash Casseroles. Did I already say the golds with green margins?
20140707_191359
20140618_091411

And then I have a new love, Fair Maiden. It is sharp! Thanks, Don.
20140618_091012
DSCN0555


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

At a fund-raising auction earlier this year. It was very kindly donated by Ken Ziarek who, through wonderfully odd circumstances, I happened to meet at Land of the Giants Hosta farm last month. From what little interaction I've had with Ken, he is a WEALTH of information. Would dearly have LOVED to see his gardens but sadly, there just wasn't time.....my ONE regret about the whole trip to the Midwest Regional.


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

Thanks HostaTakeover- what a treasure you have! I'm going to be on the lookout for that one!


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

Vigorous-growing yellows with green edges, like Yesterday's Memories. That gets me happy!

Don B.


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

Different beautiful and unusual blue shades that stay blue practically all season, like Silver Bay.


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

There you go Don, I am on the same page with vigorous growing and yellow with green edges for sure!

I had an epiphany this spring when I made the connection between Yesterday's Memories and Squash Casserole and all of those sports in that family. AH HA! I sez to meseff. That is something to double down on, a sure winner.

Yesterday's Memories was my first one to exceed 36 inches wide early in the spring. Then Squash Casserole did it. I think now I have a few more those dimensions, but the green margins are where it's love at first sight. Never met one with that variegation that I did not like.
DSCN0528


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

  • Posted by bragu 5a DSM (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 27, 14 at 18:56

sucker for the seersucker first … but i can find something to love/adore about every plant …

dave


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

Wow moccasinlanding fair maiden is on my list!!! I LOVE that one.

Jopsephine hahahaha I like the photo you put in there with all hostas!! That's my girl you go for it. I like them all too!! lol

I like anything with white margins or yellow margins right now. The brighter the better.

michelle


 o
RE: What hosta traits are you a sucker for?

The beautiful BOLD splashes of color on several varieties of fragrant hostas, like this Cathedral Windows. I'm a sucker for 'em.

Don B.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Hosta Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here