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2 New Hosta Introductions
'A Passion For Purple'
2018 Hosta Introduction
Hosta 'A Passion For Purple'
Every hybridizer has an orphan
waif (or many) that gets lost in the rush of life. This is the case with
our 2018 introduction of A Passion
For Purple. Years (many) ago some crosses were
made in the first craze for red stemmed hostas. We were not impressed with the results and decided to
“abandon all hope” (Dante). A
couple of the more interesting seedling clumps were tossed under an
arborvitae to fend for themselves.
Attesting to the hardiness of our funkia friend’s genetics, one clump
took root and survived the Wisconsin winter. So much for the intro—now as Paul Harvey was want to
say, it is time for “the rest of the story”:
A couple years later several
small seedlings had started to grow from seed drop of this clump. Those between the rows met the
business end of the Honda tiller; however, one had the good fortune to
start its life in a blank space within the row and was spared. This little seedling grew and
prospered, somehow surviving the annual summer rouging out process. Growing at the far north end of the
field plantings she was more or less ignored season after season in the
rush of summer. However, we
did note the bright shower of intense purple bloom as the clump matured. A rare inspection also indicated
that the petioles had a flush of red and that the bloom scapes were quite
purple in tone—ok, interesting.
Then, a few seasons back, a hostaphile friend was walking past the
waif in early fall. He
stopped, pointed, and asked about the deep purple (near black) seed pods.
Like my protégé, Homer Simpson
(…duh), I had never really paid attention to this before.
To escape the incredulous stare
of my hostaphile friend, I promised cut a few chunks off the waif and plant
them “somewhere”. In the
next few seasons we started to pay more attention: Yes, the bright purple bloom is
sharp; yes, it does have some coloring on the petioles (no, I do not lift
foliage looking for color); yes, the scapes are purple; and, yes, it does
have near black seed pods.
Planting some of A Passion For Purple in more accessible sites, visitors at bloom
time have remarked about the color of the bloom and in late season on the
color of the pods. AND, by
beleaguered admission, we have come to appreciate the waif more each
season. According she is being
introduced this season for 2018.
Some data: Adult clump size reaches about 28”
across; scapes are about 26” tall; individual leaves are about 7” x 3”. Now here is the caveat: to
achieve a profusion of purple bloom and black pods, one SHOULD plant it in
a setting with strong morning sun. This may seem to go against regular
hosta logic. However, we
discovered an entirely different hosta when she is planted under perfect
(shady) conditions. In deeper
shade, the color is deep green with a glossy finish and wider foliage. It makes a nice, dense clump and
grows like a weed, but the more shade, the less bloom and the less color!
So, there is the caveat for
anyone who wishes to provide a home for the waif. Take a look at the pictures. No photo shop adjustments. An oddball for sure, but an oddball we have come to
enjoy. Since she grows with
great vigor, we have lots of stock and will ship 3-4 eye plants.
Price: $35.00 (not subject to
'As You Like It'
2018 Hosta Introduction
Hosta 'As You Like
(Cross of two seedlings involving SUNNY SMILES and
Both Sunny Smiles and Paul’s Glory have proven excellent
parents individually as well as crossed together. Our 2018 introduction of AS YOU LIKE IT goes to
prove the point. We noted from
this cross a number of seedlings that emerged a soft, clean chartreuse,
then quietly eased into green tipped creams, and finally into shimmering,
smooth cream tones. The
picture tells the tale better than the verbage at this point.
grown up here on the farm milking registered Guernseys as a kid and
luxuriating in their rich cream (…none of the watery Holstein stuff!!) for
making butter, ice cream, sweet cheese curds, molsa, rommegraut, gryngraut
(pull out your Norwegian dictionaries at this point)—well, let’s just say
we used a lot of rich Guernsey cream.
If we had our ‘druthers, we would have named it ‘Guernsey Cream’ due
to the smooth, creamy color of the foliage; however, that hosta already
exists. Naturally we grow it
here, and it is a nice gold, too.
next choice for a name was something else to indicate a certain “soft”
quality that this hosta expresses.
Going through our “possible names” list, we came upon something
Shakespearean in nature that seemed evince this pleasing, summery quality:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Unfortunately the registrar thought it too close to an already
registered cultivar. We were
initially disappointed until she thoughtfully suggested another
Shakespearean title: As You Like It.
And we did like it!
(Bless her heart!) So there is the story behind the name.
have been observing AS YOU LIKE IT for 8-10 years…memory fades after one
turns 50. Each season she
proves herself a garden lady dressed for the occasion: soft and shimmering.
And each season she puts on like clockwork her quiet ease from soft
chartreuse to crème de mint tipped, to the pure cream expression. (Again,
the picture tells the story.)
A.Y.L.I. has an ultimate garden spread of about 36”, with leaf measurements
about 8 x 6. In spite of the
lack of strong chlorophyll through most of the season, she is a good
grower, quickly forming a spreading mound. There is one quirk about her that we find hard to
explain: In the 8-10 years we
have grown this seedling and made divisions to line out, we have never seen
a bloomscape. That does not
mean that this is a permanent fixture. Perhaps in your setting she will bloom. The 4 siblings we have kept back
from this cross have all bloomed and we have used them in our own
hybridizing with good success.
with so many hostas, siting is key to achieve the best color
expression. Here we have grown
AS YOU LIKE IT in a rich, tilthy soil where she gets a couple
hours of early morning sun, then high shade during heat of the day, and
full sun again toward evening.
She gives the pictured color expression in variants of this
setting. One caution: do not
plant in strong mid day sun as this can bleach out the best color.
with all our hosta introductions, AS YOU LIKE IT has not been
and will not be tissue cultured by us (which is to say that is As We Like
It). It has not been gifted or
shared. We recommend it
without hesitation, thinking that you will like it. Methinks the Bard might have liked
it on A Midsummer Night’s Eve as well. Nice double plants to ship.
Price: $75.00 (NET--not subject to
'Pale Moon Rising'
2017 Hosta Introduction
Hosta 'Pale Moon
Some hybridizing crosses beg to be made, seeming ripe
with potential. And such was
the case with the cross that produced PALE MOON RISING. The total uniqueness of
MANHATTAN has long made it a personal favorite. Its compact, rounded mound and wholly honeycomb rugosity
on round leaves readily announces its garden presence. Add to this its late spring
emergence which always avoids frost.
Our introduction of EXTROVERT (from Tompkins’ lines) has proven a top parent for us, producing kids
with great rugosity and “extroverted” round leaf forms. The merging of these two parent
In the cross of MANHATTAN and EXTROVERT I was hoping for
something that might incorporate the good qualities of both parents. Several blues and blue-greens were
produced, many of which were quite nicely puckered or “honeycomb” in
expression on rounded foliage (…a couple we really like for later
I was not expecting a seedling with the pale cream expression of PALE
MOON RISING. It does make
some sense, though, as through the EXTROVERT background coming from Chet
Tompkins’ lines there is the recessive genetic potential to produce
cream/yellow/gold. This goes
back to one of his mother’s pale chartreuse seedling which he named Golden
Galleon. (G.G. emerges a
ghostly pale cream and very slowly takes on a medium chartreuse tone.)
As you will note in the pictures here, PALE MOON
RISING many positive traits from its parents: (…pictures show mid season color expression)
rounded, compact clump form, strongly dimpled/honeycomb expression
round, “extroverted” leaves
pleasing, pale cream color hue—emerging color is a ghostly pale
which slowly takes on the creamy gold expression (in the
pictures shown), and finally expressing clean chartreuse in late
All good points! BUT one more matter that bears
positive impact is that PMR is THE latest emerging hosta that grows here
on the farm, a quality stemming from MANHATTAN. Consequently even with very late
frosts here in Wisconsin, PMR has never been touched.
Growth rate is average to a bit
on the slower order. Our
mother clump measured 36” across at maturity; individual mature leaves are
about 6 x 7-8 (more round than ovate). We suggest a planting site in an area of high shade with
a loamy soil. Due to its color
expression, this cultivar draws attention as a focal point in a shady
corner flanked by solid blues/greens.
We are very pleased with PALE
MOON RISING and have large size single divisions available to a limited
extent. As with all our
introductions, we will never knowingly place it in tissue culture. It has not been guested and will
not be tissue cultured.
All stock is here on the farm.
$100.00 (NET--not subject to discount)
Hosta ‘Rags To Riches’
x Blue Mammoth) x Glad Rags )
2016 Hosta Introduction
Hosta 'Rags To
We have used our introduction of GLAD RAGS as a pollen
parent with good results. One
of these good results we introduce this spring as RAGS TO RICHES. This new bright, cheery hosta first
appeared here among the GR crosses about 10 years ago. With the BLUE MAMMOTH heritage, one
would expect larger seedlings, but GLAD RAGS tends to be dominant in
controlling size, creating kids more akin to itself in size. Having made divisions and planted
RTR in several sites for evaluation, we are perfectly content and confident
in making this 2016 introduction.
also to its GLAD RAGS heritage, RTR emerges with a clean chartreuse
expression, which quickly changes to an equally clean gold which you will
note in the picture. This
color hue holds throughout the balance of the growing season.
well established clump will here has a spread of about 20”. Leaves measure about 3.5” x
5”. Height is about
9”-10”. When mature, a clump
can have a somewhat flat topped appearance.
Stemming from the GOLDEN
MEDALLION heritage one will find that the foliage becomes progressively
more puckered/pebbled with age, and age tends to enhance substance as
We have a more mature clump of RAGS
TO RICHES planted next to some smaller clumps of GLAD RAGS, which makes
for a pleasing effect as the both these hostas attain their true gold tones
as the same time.
As with most golds, siting is
important. In deeper shade one
will have a more chartreuse-gold tone (which is nice, too). Planting in intense sun will
produce brilliant gold quickly, but then one will also have to deal with
the possibility/likelihood of some burn. Early morning sun with some high, dappled shade at the
heat of the day is about ideal from our plantings.
RAGS TO RICHES is one of
those hostas which fits in readily in most gardens. It is not a muscle
plant like our JURASSIC PARK, yet it can quickly form a bright statement
toward the front of a planting of more dominant hostas. A great companion for medium/small,
intense blue types, RTR makes a bright, perky statement season after
season. We have double eye
plants available for as long as they last.
It is not in tissue culture and
has not been guested.
$60.00 (NET--not subject to discount)
Hosta ‘Standing Room
sibling of JURASSIC PARK)
2016 Hosta Introduction
For the last many seasons we have watched the mother
clump of this reciprocal seedling of JURASSIC PARK displaying
consistently—for over 16 years.
Each season there has been the intent to introduce this stalwart
performer, but as Robert Frost penned the phrase, “…way leads on to way”
and it didn’t happen. No
more! Its time has come.
Yes, it is “another” blue-green hosta, and there have been many
“kind of nice” blue-greens introduced. In fact, way too many! At this point in time another introduction of this type
needs to have some really deserving qualifications. So, what are they?
When viewing the images of STANDING ROOM ONLY one notes that
its early season expression is strongly blue. One also notes that it tends to be a more upright mound
formation on growth. Whether
due to strong petioles (which it has), its rapid growth or the multitude
of growth points/eyes, a mature clump of SRO displays the thickest,
most dense foliage that we have ever seen on the hundreds of registered
cultivars we grow here.
Whereas on most large hostas, one can readily part the leaves and
see to the crown, on SRO the density of foliage prevents this. It also means that strong winds and
heavy rains have little or no impact on its display. Hence, we have long thought that
STANDING ROOM ONLY was a proper and fitting moniker.
The mother clump pictured here measured 6.5 feet across before we
took divisions off for propagation.
Individual leaves at maturity are about 9 x 11 inches. These measurements are without
fertilizer or extra water.
Another of the matters that we have long noted and appreciated about
SRO is that the leaves are “individualistic”. While generally ovate in form with a sharp point, no two
seem to be exactly the same. Many
are rather boat shaped; some curve in from one side; many have widely
undulating edges and are very rugose.
To be blunt, most are rather “undisciplined--from a positive
viewpoint. This holds especially on leaf expression in the middle of
the clump. Because the foliage
is so dense, there seems to be something of a “survival of the fittest”
mode. Also noted is the fact
that STANDING ROOM ONLY has very heavy, unyielding substance—perhaps
another reason she prefers to do her own thing. While no hosta is slug proof, we have noted little or no
slug damage even in the wettest summers.
So, if you want a hosta with perfectly symmetrical leaf formation
where everything grows to a specific set of expectations, look
elsewhere. However, if you are
looking for an entirely individualistic garden expression that holds true
season after season, STANDING ROOM ONLY is for you. We have nice double divisions
This hosta is not in tissue culture
and has not been guested to other gardens.
$60.00 (NET--not subject to discount)
(From seedling lines of Tompkins’ breeding including
‘Lakeport Blue’, ‘Versailles
Blue’ and ‘Blue Babe’.)
2015 Hosta Introduction
Yes, another GREEN!!! But
not just “another” green. Far
from it, this hosta has all the good stuff that begs for a place in the
garden. In reality it does not
have to beg—it simply, quietly and impressively commands attention. Why? Here are some it its distinguishing qualities at
maturity: 1. Large, round,
heavy substanced, leathery leaves which exhibit distinctive biscuit
tufting 2. Glossy, shimmering
leaf surface that seems to glow in the shade 3. Forest green hue with dark expression.
4. Distinctive mounded form spreading to about 40” and
30” in height that displays
itself with dignity.
I was pleasantly surprised when this young hosta with
dark color, ultra heavy substance and shimmering leaf surface appeared in a
group of powdery blue seedlings a number of years ago. Since ‘DARK TREASURE’ stems entirely from the
breeding lines of Chet and Cynthia Tompkins, I told him about these
qualities which all came together in this hosta. He replied that this dark green tone with a shimmering
glow was an “occasional” recessive in the ‘Lakeport Blue’ lines, stemming
from his mother’s hybridizing back in the 1920’s. He was enthusiastic and asked that I send him a start
the next spring after seeing pictures. That never happened as he passed away the same
winter. Whenever I walk by ‘DARK
TREASURE’ here on the farm I think of Chet and my yearly visits with
him and his passion for hostas, iris and daylilies. My initial idea was to name this it
after him as this was “his” sort of hosta. However, Chet distinctly disliked the idea of naming
plants after people, so I refrained from pursuing the matter, choosing a
moniker that reflected the plant itself instead.
The mother clump here grows in a shady site under an
apple tree with other seedlings from the Tompkins’ lines. Visitors never fail to be drawn to
it as it simply has so many
positive qualities that have come together in one genetic
composition. Someone said last
summer that the mature leaves reminded them of a Monet lilypad, only very
dark and beautifully puckered.
A good analogy.
Whatever the case, ‘DARK TREASURE’ has the sort of impressive
qualities that I like. It is,
in a word,
“DISTINCTIVE”. And, isn’t that what we want today when there are so
many dozens of new hostas being introduced on a yearly basis that are anything but distinctive. Happily, ‘DARK TREASURE’ has produced some very fine kids with even more
intensified qualities. Selfing
it has been very productive, as have crosses with our ‘Summa Cum Laude’,
‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Streets Of Gold’.
A good grower, which settles in readily, we recommend a
shady site to keep the dark hues at their darkest and the shimmering
quality at its best. The
picture was taken with a flash; actual expression is darker.
We have nice double eye plants lined out for spring
delivery. It is not in tissue
culture and we have no plans to do so, nor has it been guested to other
growers. As with our other NGP
introductions of hostas and daylilies, grow it for two seasons and if you
are not fully satisfied, we will buy it back from you.
$100.00 (NET--not subject to discount)
Brass x Cynthia)
2015 Hosta Introduction
‘Burnished Brass’ (Chet.Tompkins) has proven to be a fine
parent here for kids with bright gold color hues, and ‘Cynthia” (Cynthia
Tompkins) has produced many strikingly variegated seedlings through the
years for us. Using ‘BB’ as
pod parent and ‘C’ as pollen parent did the magic to produce ‘Refiner’s
Fire’, which we consider on a par with our ‘Glad Rags’ in merit.
As ‘Refiner’s Fire’ grows here, it forms a large
clump in nice, mounded form about 40” across and 28” tall. Foliage is ventricular in form and
very pebbled, but not unruly, at maturity.
The picture on this site is of the early season
expression: Chartreuse-gold centers with dark green borders that streak in
swaths down into the middle of the leaf. Properly sited, as the season progresses the centers
take on a brassy gold tone that makes an even more highly contrasted
expression which holds until frost.
Planted in more shade, the early expression (pictured) endures;
given more light, the brassy tones take hold as the season progresses. Both are sharp!
With the exception of one pure gold sport (which we are
propagating), the variegation has proven entirely stable in the ten seasons
we have grown it.
We have several seedlings from ‘Refiner’s Fire’
that show promise. Thus far,
they have all been solid in nature—chartreuse, gold, green. We plan to make crosses with it
this season on ‘Pioneer’ which is recessive for gold and variegation. While we have not used it with very
round leafed cultivars, that is something that should likely be done. Using ‘Glad Rags’ as pollen
parent, we have some exceptionally bright, brassy kids that beg
introduction in the future.
Whether used as striking landscaping plant or as a
parent for hybridizing, ‘Refiner’s Fire’ is meritorious. We recommend it without
hesitation. It is not in
tissue culture and we have no plans to go that route, nor has it been
We offer double eye plants. And our guarantee remains: Grow the plant on for two seasons. If at the end of the second season you
are not entirely satisfied with its performance, we will be glad to buy it
back from you and pay for shipping as well.
$100.00 (NET--not subject to discount)
Previous Introductions are listed in alphabetical
Our Hosta introduction, 'ALLITERATION',
bears a literary name meaning the “repetition of consonant sounds”. In the
case or our hosta, however, it has nothing to do with sounds, but much to
do with the unique expression of its double parent, 'Cynthia' (Tompkins).
This hosta is unique among its peers with wild splashing, mottling,
streaking. Our cross of 'Cynthia' to 'Invocation' produced an even wilder
child in 'Alliteration'. Every leaf is a different
expression-splashed/mottled/streaked/hazed/checkerboard/ghostly pale. And
whereas 'Cynthia' will sometimes revert to straight green (still a nice
hosta), its child has been entirely stable here for years. The expression
becomes more muted as summer passes, but is still apparent. Growth rate is
strong and leaf substance is heavy, with pebbled surface at maturity. As a
parent, this 'Cynthia' kid has produced some promising offspring which we
are evaluating for future introduction. Best expression here is with a more
shady setting-for contrast. Mature size: 40" spread with rounded
mound. Leaves: approx. 7" x 10".
$60.00(NET--not subject to discount)
(Sun Power X
Some hostas exhibit a bold, demanding
attitude in the garden, while others make their presence known in a more
alluring, stately manner, requiring no fanfare. Such is the case with 'Benediction.'
As a matter of etymology, the Latin meaning of the word
"benediction" is literally the "good word," which we
feel aptly fits. This beautiful, shimmering gold ultimately forms a
symmetrical, stately clump about 4' across and 22" high, while the
leaf placement displays a pleasing, embricated effect. The leaves
themselves are extremely uniform in size and shape. Distinctly ventricular
with pronounced, impressed veining, the foliage has precisely cut, clean
edging. As our picture indicates, a mature clump develops the same sort of
precise puckering between veins. Chameleon-like, 'Benediction' emerges a
pure golden chartreuse and then assumes its early summer metamorphosis,
becoming a softly shimmering gold. Of added interest, a mature clump will occasionally
exhibit leaves with dark green flares/streaks. Perhaps due to this tendency
we already have at least one sport which we have identified for future
introduction, as well as others we are evaluating. Everything about
'Benediction' is pleasing--clean, precise, uniform and stately with
alluring, beckoning color quality for those shady, darker corners, or along
a path to be viewed in evening light. While beautiful at any time of day,
we are especially drawn to its softly shimmering presence as light fades,
incanting the perfect benediction to a summer's day.
$40.00(NET--not subject to discount)
(Sun Power X
Hosta 'Cair Paravel'
It is no secret to our hostaphile friends
that we like golds and have made a great many crosses to produce quality
hostas in this color line. We have been especially happy with former large
type introductions like 'Streets of Gold' and 'Benediction.' Waiting in the
wings are several others that are both stately and lovely. One of the best
of these is our introduction of 'Cair Paravel.' Forming a large clump with
a spreading habit, this cultivar will obtain a width of about 40".
Individual leaves are in the area of 12" x 6". In essence, C.P.
combines the best of both parents: large clump, rapid growth rate, and
distinctive presentation. Strong in CYNTHIA'S genetics is the ability to
produce beautifully wavy leaf edges. Additionally, the CYNTHIA line tends
to be quite sun tolerant. Both these virtues are exemplified in 'Cair
Paravel.' As the photo indicates, this wavy leaf edge is dominant. Several
of the sibs showed this strength, but C.P. was the very best of them. The
color is a different sort of gold than we have ever seen before. Not a
yellow gold, and not a chartreuse-gold either. Rather than trying to find
the right words for it, let the picture act as an explanation. Depending on
the season, there is often a marbling effect, and if one looks closely, a
muted cream-green edge. This is a gold with character and we should have
enough to fill orders hopefully. As with all our own introductions, we
guarantee your satisfaction. You will like 'Cair Paravel.' 'Cair Paravel:'
An elegant name for an elegant hosta.
$35.00(NET--not subject to discount)
If you are looking for a specimen plant that
is both unique and lovely--one that stands out from the crowd--we offer
'Extrovert' for your consideration. Yes, this is a green hosta, but not
just "another" green hosta. This one is distinctive. Sizewise,
our oldest clump is about 4' across, forming a distinct, rounded mound
about 22" high. The parentage alone tells you that this will be a
hosta with generous dimples and puckering. Admittedly, plenty of
green hostas match this description so far, BUT this one is unique
in that the beautifully dimpled leaves are convex in nature, as
though you pulled the edges down and pushed the centers up. The color of
the very rounded, heavy substanced leaves is difficult to describe--rather
a steely-green hue with a satiny finish. Both the individual leaves
and the clump as a whole are distinctive and most pleasing. Garden visitors
have always commented on 'Extrovert' as it does stand out from the crowd. A
mature clump is individualistic and has true impact. Even a young plant has
good eye appeal. We grow about 600 varieties of hostas here and there is
really nothing that we have found to compare with it. As a parent, this one
is producing offspring with very intense puckering and the same
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Tree Gala’ x ‘Donahue’s Piecrust’)
Hosta 'Fame Game'
Streaked hostas are generally valued for
their breeding ability: i.e. to produce variegated offspring. And in this
regard ‘Fame Game’ has more than proven its value. Highly fertile, this
hosta can be counted on to produce a large number of variegated kids. We
have selfed it, used it with golds, blues and other predictably notable
parents, like ‘Cynthia’. From the dozens of variegated offspring, we have
several which are promising—especially some rugose golds with white
The problem with most streaked hostas is
that they are highly unstable and quickly revert to a solid form. With
‘Fame Game’, however, we have seen much greater stability than any other
streaked parent we have. From the last dividing we did 4 years ago (now 5
clumps), every fan/eye has remained true, with only an occasional solid
leaf on a full clump. As with all streaked hostas, it is best to divide
them on occasion to preserve stability. Settled 4-year clumps here are
about 30” across, with a pleasing mound habit. Stemming from the ‘C.T.G.’
parentage, mature leaves can become very rugose. The basic color is a
blue-infused dark green; superimposed on this background one will find
streaks and often large swaths of yellow, cream, white. Individual leaves
are ovate in form, but becoming more rounded with maturity. As with all our intros, ‘Fame Game’
carries our two year guarantee.
$40.00(NET--not subject to discount)
('Sheer Bliss' X 'Blue Ox')
While we have always had very good feedback
about our hosta introductions, last season's reviews on 'Glad Rags' were
exceptional, for which we are most gratified.
The web site pictures give at least a
partial idea of the positives of 'Glad Rags.' A well established clump will
measure about 20" across and 14" tall, with a somewhat vaselike
form, especially on younger plants. Leaves are semi-cupped, about 4" x
6" and crinkled with age. Substance is very heavy. Consequently, 'Glad
Rags' takes a good deal of sun here without complaint. Leaves emerge
chartreuse, then quickly turn color. Shade produces a chartreuse-gold
border; semi-shade produces a clean, bright gold border; stronger sun
ultimately transitions chartreuse to gold to ivory. The gold borders are
extra wide, encasing an irregular swath of green center. The pattern is
repeated on every leaf; yet no two leaves are exactly the same. Even a
young plant is singular. An established clump is stunning. More
expensive? Yes, but we make this guarantee: Grow it for two seasons, and if
you aren't entirely pleased, just return the undivided clump to us
and will refund the price of the plant plus postage.
Price: $50.00 (singles) Very Limited
(‘Cynthia x Piedmont Gold’)
We have been looking forward to the time when
we would have enough of this white-bordered gold hosta to offer. The
picture on the cover was taken in late spring while the leaf centers were
still in their chartreuse stage. Properly sited, as the season progresses
the centers turn yellow, then gold, then a brassy gold, while the borders
turn from light cream to pure white.
Having tested this hosta for the last
several years, we find it to be entirely stable in expression and form.
Like its parents, ‘Invocation’ attains a spread of about 40”. Individual
leaves at maturity are about 11” by 7”. It is a good grower, forming a
striking clump in just a couple seasons, but even as a yearling it provides
a focal point.
The longer we grow ‘Invocation’ the more we
enjoy it. Response from others
who now grow it in their gardens has been very positive.
As with all our introductions, we offer our
money back guarantee on your investment.
We find best expression in a site with early
morning sun and dappled shade thereafter.
An exceptionally nice hosta!
$40.00(NET--not subject to discount)
We have grown on thousands of seedlings,
looking for some top quality blues. In this one we feel that several
criteria all came together: Deep, silvery-blue color, heavy substance,
rugose leaf, pleasing mound shape and good growth rate. Growing in full sun
in the field, the original seedling clump was 5 1/2' across. Individual
leaves are about 8"x10", with beautiful puckering at maturity. Of
very heavy substance, the leaves pucker distinctively with age and develop
a rather undulating edge. Furthermore, this hosta exhibits good slug
resistence. We have found its best color is developed when given some good
morning sun. Its silvery patina lasts much longer than on most other blues.
Strong, husky divisions. As a parent, 'Jotunheim' is producing large
offspring with beautiful color, heavy substance and beautifully dimpled
leaves. Increasingly popular.
Price: $40.00 (NET--not subject to
discount) Very Limited
Hosta 'Jurassic Park'
Finding just the "right" name for
this hosta proved difficult. Words like "large" just don't work
here. This "animal" has garden names like "The Thing That
Ate Chicago", "Bouncing Betty", "Bods Ominous" and
"Man Eater"! To this beast we attribute the loss of 3 shovels, a
John Deere riding mower, 2 garden tillers, 3 cats, 6 raccoons, a Guernsey
cow and 2 little old ladies on a garden visit. Hence we give it wide berth
when working close to it. It has been recommended that we spray it with
Roundup once or twice a year just to keep it from hurting anyone. From the
fore-going chicanery you may assume that "Jurassic Park" is HUGE
when established, as well as vigorous in growth. Our original clump
measures about 8 1/2' across and has stretched as much as 9’ when rainfall
has been ample—and that without any fertilizer application. Leaves on well
tended clumps can be up to 16" x 14". Of Sieboldiana
background, this introduction has very heavy substanced green leaves which
exhibit heavy tucks and puckers at maturity. It does well for us with
strong morning sun and filtered shade thereafter. Very impressive through
mid-season even in full sun. Due to its heavy substance, slugs have never
been a problem--basically because it eats them! Give this one lots
of space, space, space. It will "grow" on you... (And in answer to some questions
the stock we have to offer is NOT tissue cultured.)
Price: $35.00(NET--not subject to discount)
Large 2-3 eye field grown
plants--NOT tissue cultures
(sport of 'Whirlwind')
Several years ago we found this unique sport
in a field row of ‘Whirlwind’. The word “unique” applies readily to this
hosta. As the picture on the front of the catalog indicates, the shiny,
waxy textured leaves have a totally unruly expression, twisting this way
and that. Petioles are short, so the clump maintains a “tight” appearance
with a compact, mounded form.
A well grown clump with reach about 14”
across and 8” tall. Leaf substance is heavy with a plastic-like feel and
strong sheen. Leaf tips invariably twist to the side, often tucking under
and then turning up again. Centers of leaves are swaths of cleanest white,
making a strong contrast with the dark green backgrounds.
We have tested ‘Mister Twister’ in both
strong sun and deep shade. It seems to do well in either, but best color is
with dappled shade. M.T. grows readily, quickly forming a nice clump. We
recommend it without hesitation! Double eye plants available.
$40.00(NET--not subject to discount)
Choosing the “right” name for hosta
registration and introductions is always a challenge. Whatever the moniker,
it needs to “fit”. While watching the Packers play this evening, everything
(except a win) came together. The Pack colors of green and bright gold are
just those of this year’s introduction.
From its parent ‘Packer Backer’ inherited
heavy leaf substance and a very pebbled expression at maturity. The leaf
center is dark green. The 1” margins start the season with a golden-chartreuse
expression, but change quickly to an INTENSE GOLD which holds through high
summer, slowly taking a cream yellow expression in late season. It has
proven to be the most intense gold bordered hosta we grow. The cover
picture was taken at the cream state in late August.
The expression is very contrasty.
Variegation has been totally stable. Semi-mounded expression, spreading to
about 38”; leaves about 7” by 10”.
To be anything other than a Packer backer in
Wis. is to flirt with danger, but even if you are a Bears, Vikings, Lions
or Patriots backer, we trust you will be a fan of ‘PACKER BACKER’. (Best
given some morning sun.)
$60.00(NET--not subject to discount)
(kikutii x ‘Halcyon’)
Hosta 'Pleasure Seeker'
Forming a semi-vaselike clump ultimately
about 30” in diameter, P.S. has a “finished” appearance even on a first
year clump. The leaves are broadly lanceolate with a gentle arching effect.
Color expression is steely blue with a strong patina. Once settled in, the
leaves acquire a broadly undulating edge and a distinct “twist” at the leaf
tip. One of the most distinctive matters about P.S. is its metallic patina,
which persists from early through late season on the heavy substanced
Since ‘PLEASURE SEEKER’ is a very strong
grower, it can and should be placed in a shadier section of the planting to
preserve its best expression. It multiplies rapidly, quickly forming a
Some hostas are a hot splash in the pan.
P.S., on the other hand is distinctively serene, with a glowing finish
which persists throughout the season. A true specimen. The low price
reflects our supply, not the quality of the plant. Double eye divisions.
$30.00 (NET—not subject to discount)
(Sport of 'Piedmont Gold')
A few seasons ago we observed an entire
clump of 'Piedmont Gold' turn into a beautiful sport, the likes of which we
had not seen before. 'Shadowfax', as we came to call this sport, is a melody
of soft, creamy hues. In early spring the centers of the leaves are a
smooth chartreuse, while the wide borders are a muted, golden cream. As the
season progresses, the centers become a smooth, creamy gold and the borders
turn to a soft ivory hue. Whether early, mid or late season, the colors are
always soft and serene. In size, it is equal to 'Piedmont Gold', but the
leaves are more distinctly rounded and puckered. A mature clump stands
about 22" tall and spreads to about 4'. 'Shadowfax' seems to perform
best with good early morning light and dappled shade thereafter for optimum
color. This is one of those hostas which is totally unique in expression.
In fact, we had thought of calling it 'Chameleon' due to its changing
nature. Its soft, glowing hues always entice visitors for a closer look.
Distinctive and lovely.
VERY LIMITED. Email to
check on availability
'Streets of Gold'
(Blue Mammoth X Golden
Hosta 'Streets of Gold'
Some years ago we made several crosses of
Tokudama type golds onto large Sieboldiana type blues. Several interesting
golds emerged, but one of the nicest was this seedling from Blue Mammoth X
From its juvenile stage onward, 'Streets Of Gold'
exhibited certain characteristics which only strengthened with age:
large, very round, gold leaves,
strong puckering, and
very pleasing, rounded, mound-shaped clump.
The individual leaves on established plants
are about 8"x10," while a mature clump well grown can reach 4
feet across. The Tokudama type is strongly evidenced with its heavy
substanced, round, puckered leaves, and the Sieboldiana heritage expresses
itself in the size of leaf and clump.
Like most golds, 'Streets Of Gold' emerges
golden chartreuse, then quickly changing to an INTENSE GOLD which holds
its color throughout the season. We suggest placing it in strong early
morning light, followed by some dappled shade thereafter for best color.
$50.00 (NET—not subject to discount)
'Summa Cum Laude'
(Sport of 'Sum and Substance')
Hosta 'Summa Cum
Through the years we have been blessed with
at least six variegated sports of ‘Sum And Substance’. All have been very nice,
but much like other registered sports already available. However, observing
this sport for the last years we have found it distinctively unique: The
base color is typical S&S, but edged in a very regular cream-yellow
edge of about 3/4”. Beyond this the presentation is unlike the other
S&S sports we have seen. 1. SCL has a very distinct, controlled,
mounded clump form. 2. Leaf shape is round and usually somewhat convex,
even on an established clump. 3. While most S&S sports emerge
chartreuse and then gradually express a colored edge, SCL expresses the
gold edge immediately. Established clumps here measure about 40” across
with a distinct mounded effect. Mature leaf measurement here is about 8” x
11”. We can recommend ‘SUMMA CUM LAUDE’ without hesitation. A good
grower and very well behaved, it makes a fine garden specimen. Our supply
is good—we hope.
$50.00(NET--not subject to discount)
Hosta 'Tiffany Tune'
This glowing hosta is a melody of fine qualities:
Color, sheen, form and grace. Emerging midspring in glowing, creamy,
chartreuse hues, the color changes gradually through the course of the
season to that of a burnished golden chartreuse. One of its most
appealing assets is the glowing sheen evidenced throughout the season.
It reminds us of the beautiful tiffany finish of fine porcelain. Ultimately
attaining a pleasing, semi-pendent mound of about 22" across and
16" high. Petioles have a distinctive pink midrib. The form is another
matter which is pleasing to the eye. The elongated, semi-lanceolate leaves
with their softly rounded ends rise from the center of the clump and then,
ever so gracefully, arch gently downward. As with most hostas of this
color, it is at its best given early morning sun, followed by dappled, high
shade. A mature clump is a matter of distinctive grace and elegance. Very
well received last year. For the hybridizer, 'Tiffany Tune' produces a high
percentage of golds in a variety of hues.
Price: $35.00 (NET--not subject to
'Wings To Fly'
Gold’ x Unnamed Tompkins’ Seedling)
Hosta 'Wings To
Pictured here you will find our ‘Wings To
Fly’ hosta introduction for this season. Selected from several medium/small
yellow seedlings well over 10 years ago, this one always caught our eye for
1. Its striking, clean,
creamy gold spring expression,
2. Undulating leaf form and
3. Vigorous growth,
4. Bloom expression.
Furthermore, its name fits the fact that on
young clumps in particular ‘Wings To Fly’ often sports large vestigial
leaves held at right angles to the stem—as though ready to take flight.
The color hue is a perfect contrast for
powdery blues. Established clump size is about 20” by 12”. Leaves
approximately 6” by 2.5”. Best with some morning light and high shade
thereafter. Pod fertile and prepotent for smaller yellow/gold kids.
A personal favorite in this color range and
$35.00(NET--not subject to discount)