Hosta of the year

The American Hosta Growers Association established the AHGA Hosta of the Year in 1996.
It is selected by a vote of AHGA members. Award winners are hostas that are good garden plants in all regions of the country, are widely available, and are in sufficient supply. Hostas retail for about $15.00 in the year of selection.
Courtesy of Walter's Garden 
 

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2021

Rainbow's End

This unique hosta exhibits incredibly variegated, shiny foliage. The bright yellow leaves of good substance have dark green margins that jet into the center, and the center brightens to creamy white in summer. It forms a medium sized mound of attractive foliage in the landscape.



 

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2018

World Cup

Deeply cupped, heavily-corrugated, slightly wavy, and oval in their appearance, the leaves of the Hosta World Cup form a large, upright mound of bright gold foliage. Depending on soil quality and where it is planted, the height of hosta world cup could range between 28 to 33 inch. A hosta world cup mound could be as wide as 48". It grows well in fertile, well-drained soil and prefers dappled shade.

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2015

Victory

A mature specimen of the giant Hosta ‘Victory' is a triumphant accomplishment and commands attention in the landscape. Be sure to start this one early to give it plenty of time to mature. Though it has a good growth rate, like most giant hostas it takes some years to develop the huge leaves and distinctive variegation that makes it so special.
 

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2012

Liberty

A gorgeous sport of H. 'Sagae'. Blue-green leaves have wide, dramatically streaked, yellow margins which fade to creamy-white later in the season. They are of much heavier substance, providing greater slug resistance. Lavender flowers appear on 40 inch scapes from early to midsummer.

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2009

Earth Angel

A superb introduction from Hans Hansen. A sport of H. 'Blue Angel'. Large, heart-shaped, blue-green leaves with wide, creamy-white margins that are creamy yellow in spring. Pale lavender flowers appear on 40 inch scapes in midsummer. Outstanding specimen plant.

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2006

Stained Glass

A sport of H. 'Guacamole'. Huge, 10.5" long, brilliant gold leaves with wide, dark green margins. Variegation appears early in the season and prominent veins throughout give it the look of "stained glass". Large, fragrant, pale lavender flowers appear on 30" scapes in late summer. Exhibits greater sun tolerance.

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2003

Regal Splendor

Long, pointed, frosty blue leaves with narrow, creamy yellow to ivory margins. A sport of H. 'Krossa Regal', it forms the same upright, vase-shaped mound of foliage. Lavender, bell-shaped flowers appear on 5 to 6 foot scapes in mid to late summer.

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2000

Sagae

A stunning sight! Large, thick, nearly triangular leaves are frosted blue-green. Leaves have wavy, yellow margins which turn creamy-white with more sun. Grey-green streaks are painted in the area between the center and the margin. Forms an impressive semi-upright mound of beautiful, slug-resistant foliage. Large, lavender flowers appear on 38-50" scapes in early to midsummer.

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1997

Patriot

Ovate leaves have dark green centers and outstanding, crisp white, streaked margins (margins are creamy-yellow in spring). Leaves are of better than average substance, are slightly wavy, and display good sun tolerance. Lavender flowers appear on 30" scapes in midsummer. Attracts both hummingbirds and songbirds. A sport of H. 'Francee'.

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2020

Dancing Queen

Unlike other yellow hostas which emerge or turn chartreuse, ‘Dancing Queen' emerges bright yellow and remains yellow all season long. The large leaves have a prominent pie crust edge, adding even more pizzazz to this colorful hosta. In mid to late summer, the foliage lightens to soft yellow and the clump is topped with pale lavender flowers. This one is a must-have!
 

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2017

Brother Stefan

A large sized hosta with a moderate growth rate that is described by many as the most spectacular hosta they have ever seen! Thick, heavily corrugated and puckered leaves are green with a brilliant gold center In spring, the margin may have a waxy coating making it appear more blue, and the center may be more chartreuse. Thick leaves exhibit slug resistance and form a wide, tall clump, making it the perfect focal point for a shade garden. Near-white flowers sit just above the foliage in late spring or early summer.
 

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2014

Abiqua Drinking Gourd

Dark blue-green, seersuckered leaves with heavy substance display a unique cupped form up to 3 inches deep. Demonstrates good slug resistance. White flowers appear just above the foliage on 22" scapes in early summer.

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2011

Praying Hands

Like no other hosta; definately a collector's item. Upright, narrow, tightly folded leaves resemble hands folded in prayer. Dark green leaves are heavily rippled with very narrow, gold margins. Leaves have a matte finish above but are folded, revealing their shiny undersides. Lavender flowers on 18" scapes are abundant in late summer.

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2008

Blue Mouse Ears

Adorable miniature hosta with thick (almost rubbery), round, blue-green to grey-green leaves. Forms a perfectly symmetrical mound; moderate growth rate. Flower buds are held horizontally and swell like balloons before opening. Clusters of lavender, bell-shaped flowers are produced on proportionally short 12" scapes in midsummer. Perfect for the collector, rock gardens, and containers.

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2005

Striptease

Pointy, ovate leaves have sharply contrasting dark green, 2" wide margins and narrow, gold centers; looks like a gold leaf within another leaf. Received its name from the white strip appearing between the dark green margin and gold center. Pale violet flowers appear on 30" scapes in mid to late summer. A sport of H. 'Gold Standard', though it bears little resemblance.

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2002

Guacamole

Huge, glossy, apple green leaves are surrounded by streaked, dark green leaf margins just like an avocado. Leaf centers become brighter gold in summer and when exposed to more sunlight while the margins remain dark green. Very fragrant, flared, pale lavender flowers appear on 36" scapes in late summer. Rapid grower that displays good sun tolerance. A sport of H. 'Fragrant Bouquet'.

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1999

Paul's Glory

Intriguing; continuously changing leaf colors. In spring, leaves have blue-green margins and chartreuse centers. By summer, the margins turn dark green and the centers become bright gold. Ovate leaves are corrugated and of good substance, making them more slug resistant than other varieties. Pale lavender, bell-shaped flowers appear on 40" scapes in midsummer. Attracts both hummingbirds and songbirds.

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1996

So Sweet

'So Sweet' Hosta is a wonderfully fragrant hosta as the name would indicate.

Rapid grower with very shiny dark green leaves and yellow margins in spring. 

The margins slowly fade as the season progresses and are almost pure white by late summer.

Fragrant near white flowers appear in late summer.

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2019

Lakeside Paisley Print
 

One of the very best hostas to come from Mary Chastain! This stunning hosta produces heart-shaped leaves with very wide, wavy, green margins. The narrow, creamy white markings in the center of the leaves shoot out from the cream colored petioles in a feathery pattern. Its thick substanced leaves make the perfect background for the cream scapes that carry the light lavender flowers in midsummer.

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2016

Curly Fries

Want fries with your order? This irresistible miniature to small sized hosta is the perfect accompaniment for bright blue hostas like ‘Prairie Sky', especially when planted together in containers or near the front of the border. It forms an arching, wiggly clump of extremely rippled, narrow leaves. Position this hosta where it will receive morning sun, as its chartreuse foliage will be brightest there. Mature plants will develop red speckled petioles. Lavender flowers top the clump in midsummer.
 

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2013

Rainforest Sunrise

A sport of H. 'Maui Buttercups'. Leaves are solid light green when they emerge, then quickly develop dramatic dark green borders and radiant gold centers. They are thick and glossy, holding up well all season, and are also slug resistant. Light lavender flowers are produced on 24 inch scapes in midsummer


 

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2010

First Frost

A sport of 'Halcyon' with the same intense blue-green leaf center. Emerges with a gold margin early in the spring, then changes to pure white later in the season. The leaves hold up well in the garden all season long until the "first frost". Light lavender flowers appear on 28 inch scapes in midsummer.

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2007

Paradigm

Formerly known as 'Abiqua Paradigm'; a sport of 'Abiqua Recluse'. Beautiful gold leaves with streaked, blue-green margins; variegation pattern intensifies later in the spring. Leaves are of good substance and corrugated, making them slug-resistant. Clusters of very pale lavender flowers appear on 24" scapes in midsummer.

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2004

Sum and Substance

One of the largest hostas available today, with 16", broadly ovate leaves and a huge, mounded form. Leaf color varies with the amount of available sun from light green to chartreuse to gold; prefers 1/4 to 3/4 day of sun. Leaves are of good substance, corrugated, and glossy, giving them good slug resistance.

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2001

June

A sport of H. 'Halcyon'. Pointed, ovate leaves have distinct, beautiful variegation. Leaves have wide, streaked, blue-green margins and chartreuse centers in spring. Leaf center becomes medium to light gold in summer with enough sun exposure, but will remain chartreuse in full shade. Leaves are of heavy substance and are slug-resistant. Pale bluish-lavender flowers appear on 20" scapes in mid to late summer.

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1998

Fragrant Bouquet

Light apple-green leaves with wide, pale yellow to cream margins. Leaves are broadly ovate, wavy, and of good substance. Slug resistant and a strong grower. Large, near white flowers appear on 36" scapes in midsummer and are very fragrant.