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What makes a Premium Hosta?

Hostas are an incredibly popular perennial with lots of options to choose from. We have grown and trialed thousands of Hostas with our top 20 making this list. Premium Hostas are chosen for their vigor, leaf substance, color quality, and a variety of other factors.

Hostas are divided into five size categories, Mini (4-6in), Small (7-10in), Medium (11-18in), Large (19-28in), Giant (28in or more)

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Hosta SHADOWLAND® ‘Autumn Frost'

Incredibly showy sport of ‘First Frost'. Leaves emerge frosty blue green with wide, brilliant yellow margins in spring and then turn green with creamy white margins in summer. One of the showiest of all hostas. Light lavender flowers.

Size: Medium

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Hosta 'Brother Stefan'

A favorite of hosta enthusiasts! Forms a large clump of thick, heavily corrugated, puckered leaves. Spring leaves are chartreuse with a blue margin. Mature leaves are gold with a green margin. Near-white flowers.

Size: Large

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Hosta SHADOWLAND® ‘Coast to Coast'

This giant, solid gold hosta makes a striking specimen. Emerges chartreuse yellow, then turns lighter gold in summer. Thick, puckered, wavy leaves form an upright vase-shaped clump. Pale violet flowers appear just above the foliage on proportionate scapes.

Size: Giant

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Hosta 'Curly Fries'

This popular hosta forms a seemingly electrified clump of extremely rippled, narrow leaves. Mature plants have red speckled petioles. Best in morning sun where its chartreuse foliage will be brightest. Lavender flowers.

Size: Mini

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Hosta 'Dancing Queen'

Exceptionally unique yellow hosta that emerges bright yellow and remains yellow all season. Improvement on other yellows that emerge or turn chartreuse. Large leaves display a prominent pie crust edge. Pale lavender flowers.

Size: Medium

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Hosta SHADOWLAND® 'Diamond Lake'

Attractive, heart-shaped, thick and heavily corrugated blue leaves have wavy margins. The large size of this plant also translates to large leaves: they can get up to 9 inches wide by 11 inches long. Pale lavender flowers appear in early to midsummer.

Size: Large

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Hosta SHADOWLAND® ‘Empress Wu'

The largest known hosta in commerce! Makes a tremendous focal point. Huge, thick, dark green, deeply veined leaves form a massive upright clump. Pale reddish violet flowers. A top seller.

Size: Giant

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Hosta SHADOWLAND® ‘Etched Glass'

This sport of 'Stained Glass' has wider margins and thicker leaves than the parent. Very wide, dark green margins contrast with a bright, brilliant yellow margin. Between the margin and the centers is a light green pattern. Margins have puckering when the plant is mature. Very large and fragrant, near-white flowers appear in late summer.

Size: Medium

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Hosta 'Guacamole'

Huge, apple green leaves develop dark green margins and brighter chartreuse centers in summer. Large, fragrant, near-white to lavender flowers emerge from lavender buds. A sport of 'Fragrant Bouquet'. Exhibits greater sun tolerance.

Size: Large

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Hosta SHADOWLAND® ‘Hudson Bay'

Improved ‘Eskimo Pie'; stronger grower and a showier specimen overall. Wider, brighter blue margins and apple green jetting contrast nicely with the creamy white center all season. Leaves are of heavy substance. Near-white flowers.

Size: Large

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Hosta 'Island Breeze'

Sport of ‘Paradise Island' with better variegation and leaf substance. Wide, green margins contrast with bright yellow centers in spring. Centers turn chartreuse in shade and light yellow in sun. Showy red petioles. Dark lavender flowers.

Size: Medium

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Hosta 'Mini Skirt'

This flirty mini hosta has very wavy, thick, blue-green leaves with creamy yellow margins in spring. Center turns green and edge lightens to creamy white in summer. Pale lavender striped flowers appear on proportionate scapes.

Size: Mini

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Hosta 'Praying Hands'

Definitely a collector's item! Upright, narrow, tightly folded leaves resemble hands folded in prayer. The dark green leaves are heavily rippled with very thin, gold margins. Lavender flowers.

Size: Medium

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Hosta 'Rainbow's End'

This incredible variegated hosta is very distinctive in gardens and containers. Shiny, bright yellow leaves of good substance have dark green margins that jet into the center which brightens to creamy white in summer. Showy red scapes carry dark lavender flowers.

Size: Medium

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Hosta SHADOWLAND® ‘Seducer'

This showy hosta has large, dark green leaves with a slightly ruffled, gold margin and a trace of white between the center and margin. Requires summer heat to develop full coloration. Near-white flowers.

Size: Large

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Hosta 'Touch of Class'

A tetraploid sport of ‘June' with wider blue margins, chartreuse to yellow centers, and green jetting. Leaves are of heavy substance. Lavender flowers.

Size: Medium

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Hosta SHADOWLAND® 'Waterslide'

‘Waterslide' has wavy, ruffled leaves with heavy substance. The blue, rippled leaves look like water splashing in the shade garden, and hold their blue color well into the summer season. Lavender flowers appear on proportionate flower scapes.

Size: Medium

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Hosta SHADOWLAND® ‘Wheee!'

Like a little girl's wavy locks, extremely ruffled leaves are wavy all the way from the crown out to the leaf tips. This ruffling is evident even on juvenile plants. Green leaves with cream margins are of good substance. Light lavender flowers.

Size: Medium

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Hosta 'Wrinkle in Time'

This sport of the classic variety ‘Pilgrim' shows a little more character with showy, wavy margins. Leaves have a single prominent wave that begins one third of the way from the leaf base. Dark green leaves have creamy yellow margins in spring, maturing to creamy white margins in summer. Gray-green color appears where the margins and centers overlap. Lavender flowers appear above the foliage in midsummer. Sizes measured are based on a five year clump. A vigorous, fast-growing variety suitable for edging or landscapes.

Size: Small

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Hosta SHADOWLAND® 'Wu-La-La'

This sport of 'Empress Wu' takes the size and presence of the massively popular hosta and takes it to the next level with an attractive margin. Blue-green leaves have striking apple-green margins, as well as good substance. Like 'Empress Wu', this hosta will take about 5 years to reach full maturity and size. Once you get there, the size of this plant will definitely be a conversation starter!

Size: Giant

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