a good year for the hostas

This year seemed to be an exceptionally good one for hostas. Perhaps because of all that rain we had in the spring. Most of our hostas are looking great. Lush and full. Of course, many are coming into maturity finally and look more filled out than they did for a few years after planting.

Some hostas are finicky. They need to be moved around until you find a place where they will flourish. Some don’t seem to care. Like ‘Royal Standards.’ They do well anywhere. We even have some in full sun (where they were under trees that are now gone) and they are thriving. A few leaves may be a bit tattered from the heat, but overall, they look fine!

‘Royal Standard,’ grown in full sun.

'Royal Standard'

‘Royal Standard’ grown in some shade has a darker color than the one above. This one (the hosta on the right) is planted under a redbud tree.

mulching the hostas

Some hostas grow quickly, some slowly. ‘Squash Casserole’ is one that grows quickly. It’s a bright yellow green and looks wonderful against something darker where the contrast makes it show up well.

‘Squash Casserole’

Hosta 'Squash Casserole'

‘Squash Casserole’ blossoms

Hosta 'Squash Casserole'

‘Gold Standard’ is similar to ‘Janet,’ though ‘Janet’ is a bit smaller in size.

Hosta 'Gold Standard'

‘American Sweetheart’ with ‘Radiant Edger’ in front. We’ve found ‘American Sweetheart’ to be a very nice hosta. It has an upright habit, heavy substance and, for us, it has multiplied well. Some web sites list it as a “slow grower,” but we have’t found it so.

Hosta 'American Sweetheart'

‘Thunderbolt’ is another nice hosta with a pretty center.

Hosta 'Thunderbolt'

‘June’ may be my favorite hosta. The only improvement/change I’d make to it would be size. I’d love for it to be a larger plant at maturity. It’s still stunning though. This picture doesn’t do it justice.

Hosta 'June'

This ‘Sum and Substance’ is planted in a cool moist spot, under the old mulberry tree in our back yard. This year, it has sent up two “sports.” What is a sport? It’s a shoot of a plant that is different from the original. In this case, the solid lighter green leaves are the original plant and are what ‘Sum and Substance’ is supposed to look like. The ones with darker green patches are the sport. We will dig out the eyes that are throwing the sport and replant them elsewhere so we can watch them for a few years. Some sports aren’t stable, which means they will revert to the original. We’ll see.

'Sum and Substance' is sporting

I’ll quit here. Perhaps I’ll post more hostas in a week or so…depends on how the weather progresses. I don’t find the heat and humidity appealing in any way, so am staying inside as much as possible right now. :-}

You can visit more gardens at Bloomin’ Tuesday on Jean’s site. Check out the links at the bottom of her post.



  1. Mary
    Posted July 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the photos, love your hostas. Ours are doing well this year too but we only have 3 plants.


  2. Posted July 13, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful! I love hostas but they don’t love my central Florida weather.

  3. Posted July 14, 2011 at 4:33 am | Permalink

    Hostas are a favorite of mine and you have some beauties! I do love the color of Sum and Substance in the sun. Great hosta garden.

  4. Posted July 14, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    Wow! You know your hostas!! I have some…but only know them as hostas…not any particular name as you have written about. Yours are beautiful and lush!

  5. jenny
    Posted July 16, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    Your hostas are beautiful, mine are about two years old and several have all their leaves rolled under, can’t find out what is wrong. Would you happen to know? Thanks and I enjoy your blog.

  6. Posted July 17, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Jenny, thanks for stopping by and for your comments.

    I’m not sure what would be wrong with your hostas. If they are in pots, be sure there is a drainage hole in the bottom. If there is no hole, standing in too much water without adequate oxygenation could be a problem.

    I wish I could be more helpful! ~~Rhonda

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