Mary, Mary Quite Contrary how do your Hostas grow?
In Amherstburg’s Signature Hosta Garden there are currently 202 hosta varieties in this exquisitely marked and documented garden. Hundreds of varieties of hostas are available today and unique species are continually added to the King’s Navy Yard Garden from time to time.
When you are viewing the garden you will encounter some rather distinctive names. These are the actual names that the hybridizer or ‘inventor’ of that hosta has chosen for that particular plant. It is what you would call a trademark on that plant.
The American Hosta Growers Association (AHGA) established the AHGA Hosta of the Year in 1996. For the selection process of this annual contest, the AHGA Members vote for their favourite hosta plant. When you read the labels on the hostas you will notice that many of the varieties displayed in our garden today were winners in years past!
Take a stroll through this intriguing garden and you will encounter some fun and interesting names! See if you can pick out the differences between them!
Hostas are generally easy to grow. Hostas like to be well watered, but not to sit in water. Darker leaved varieties prefer shade where yellow leaved ones need more sunshine to keep their colour. Often people don’t see the differences between varieties, but when you look closely, you can notice the striping, leaf size, shape, flower colours and fragrance. Hostas are perennials, so they will come back up every spring and are easy to separate or transplant.
Be careful when you start collecting hostas …once you start it is very difficult to stop growing these beautiful perennials. Enjoy!
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