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"The Top 25"

Something new and fun! Let’s rank the hostas that are available this year from Green Hill Farm. You can do it too if you like. Think of it as an AP or Coaches College Basketball Poll. These are the “best” 25 hostas that we offer, at least this week.

They are not however our best sellers, that would be another list generated by QuickBooks. They are also not our newest hostas although many are as I hope our offerings are getting better with the passage of time. It is not a list of my favorites. It is a measure of how good the hostas are, of my perceived value of them, again in a snapshot of time. It is something with which to have fun and maybe make you think of your own rankings, too.

Numbers 1-5 are pretty easy, just like with the basketball polls but once you get to number 10 many of the hostas could easily change position, up or down. As the season progresses, I am sure some will fall in my poll, some maybe out of the poll replaced by a hosta that is having a career season. I do love hostas, but some do lose favor with me and those are hard for me to market to my customers. Again, this ranking --- like hostas ---is supposed to be fun.

"The Top 25"
1. What else?
'First Blush' PP28,920 (Solberg 2015) (48/49 seedling X 'Beet Salad') Medium, (12" X 24") 'First Blush' not only has green leaves with red petioles that extend into the leaf blade but also a thin red margin around the leaf, similar but much more dramatic than its parent 'Beet Salad'. However, the most exciting thing about 'First Blush' is that in spring the leaf between the veins will start to "blush" red from the tip of the leaf down toward the base. The leaves remain red here until temperatures surpass 92 degrees, usually into June. The color should persist longer in Northern gardens. Our first red-leafed hosta. $35
2. Extremely popular and grows well.
'Lemon Snap' (Solberg 2018) (['Smiley Face' X 'Beet Salad] X ['Peacock Strut' X 'Beet Salad']) Medium, (10" X 20") This hosta is the headliner of the next generation of our yellow hostas with bright red petioles. The leaves can be cupped up to really the red as it saturates the midrib sometimes to near the middle of the leaf. The cupping is a new leaf shape for this line of breeding with some puckers thrown in here and there. In mid-summer a very dark purple scape emerges with pretty purple striped flowers in a tight mass. A great breeder, too. $50
3. A very pretty hosta from a very famous parent.
'Gabriel's Wing' PPAF (D. Rawson 2016) (Sport of 'Empress Wu'PP20,774) Huge, (28" X 60") This very large hosta from Don Rawson may be the most colorful sport of 'Empress Wu' to date. The yellow margins are vibrant and hold that color, setting off the green centers well. The entire clump may remind you of the classic hosta 'Sagae'; it does me. Grows well! $55
4. Something I think is really cool maybe over ranked but that is a parent's prerogative.
'Twice as Nice' (Solberg 2019) (Sport of 'Ambrosia'PPAF) Medium to Large, (14" X 28"?) As wonderfully colorful as my 'Ambrosia'PPPAF is this tetraploid form of it is 'Twice as Nice'. Yes, it is a little smaller and more compact but also has more substance and richer wide blue margins and a bright yellow leaf center. The flowers are fragrant, of course. Pretty nice! $65
5. Different, cute and curly.
'Twinkle Little Star' (D. Dean 2017) (['Astral Bliss' X 'Purple Verticulated Elf'] X 'Chabo Unazuki') Small, (8" X 16") This almost mini new from Don Dean has just 4" leaves and stands only 8" tall. It makes a very tight flat mound of wavy very blue foliage that is folded into a star-shaped points. On the other hand, it looks a little prickly, too. Of all his great blue hostas this is my favorite by far. Available in May 2019. $45
6. Based on popularity, all mice are overrated.
'Mouse Madness' (M. Zilis, Solberg 2017) ('Solar Mouse' sport) Mini, (5" X 12") Maybe the best of the mice so far, this white-edged sport of the all-white and almost impossible to grow 'Solar Mouse' is very vigorous. 'Mouse Madness' emerges with very bright white margins in the spring that do not melt but stay attractive well into late summer. A must for your collection of mice. Limited $30
7. Great color, form and growth rate.
'Fruit Loop' (D. & M. Beilstein 2013) ([('Minuta' F1 seedling B X 'Shining Tot') X ('Lakeside Looking Glass op.)]) Small, (7" X 13") Not quite a mini, this very small hosta has very bright wide white margins on cute little round leaves that are cupped and puckered. It has good substance and makes a tight, neat clump. It will brighten up any mixed container or trough! $25
8. Unique large yellow with purple petioles.
'Tom Terrific' (Solberg 2018) (48/49 X 'Key West') Large, (24" X 40") This is the first of our large yellow hostas with purple petioles. It is a cross of 'Key West' with our best purple petiole breeder. It has rounded puckered leaves showing its H. sieboldiana heritage and remains yellow all season. It is named for Tom Micheletti, good friend and past president of the AHS, as well as the cartoon superhero on Captain Kangaroo. Remember when? $35
9. Really nice upright yellow with H. montana heritage.
'Golden Falls' (D. Ruff, Solberg 2018) ('Niagara Falls' seedling) Large, (24" X 36") This large bright yellow seedling of 'Niagara Falls' from Doug Ruff has it all. It is an elegant combination of upright cascading long-pointed leaves, many deeply impressed veins flowing down, and tight riplets on the leaf edges. Even the large pale lavender flowers in summer are too pretty to remove early. A new classic. $55
10. Purple leaves, you might rank it higher.
'Holar Purple Flash' (R. Van Keer) ('Purple Haze' X 'Riptide') Medium, (14" X 26") This very striking medium-sized hosta has a purple blush in spring on its waxy bluish green leaves. From Ronnie Van Keer in Belgium it is a seedling of 'Purple Haze' and 'Riptide' Not only is it beautiful but also a great hybridizing opportunity. $40
11. Interesting leaf shape.
'Rowan My Boat' (D. & M. Beilstein 2018) (['Butternut Hill' X 'Azure Snow' seedling] X 'Treasure Island') Medium, (14" X 31") Here is another one of Doug Beilstein's excellent very blue hostas with an unusual leaf shape. This medium to large hosta has puckered waxy blue leaves that are folded into petite kayaks. Named for his grandson I am sure you have the perfect spot for this eye catcher. $45
12. Weird, but weird is popular as is the weird name.
'Road Rage' (D. & M. Beilstein 2018) ( ) Medium, (15" X 27") Some may say this is an ugly hosta, but most of us think it only weird, and weird is good, in this case very good. 'Road Rage' moves 'Leapin' Lizard' a little farther up the road. It has variable green leaves that are puckered but have extra ridges that protrude upward. Yes, weird! It is medium in size and seems to grow very well. From Doug Beilstein, it is certainly a conversation starter. $30
13. A true giant always impresses.
'Ruffles n Ridges' (R. & G. Fox 2018) ('Komodo Dragon' X 'Powder Blue') Huge, (36" X 72") If you think bigger is better, this beast is for you. Bob Fox is known for his huge blue seedlings and this is one of the biggest, waist high and almost seven feet across. But it is those huge ruffled round leaves with deep veining that give it its attitude. A cross of 'Komodo Dragon' and 'Powder Blue', yes, it is a true monster. $55
14. My sentimental favorite.
'Love of My Life' (Solberg 2017) ('Sun Shower' X 'Designer Genes' sport) Medium, (14" X 30") Yes, I love this very special hosta. It is a cross of my 'Sun Shower' and 'Designer Genes' that sported right away from an all yellow plant to one with a green edge. Having H. longipes and H. sieboldiana genes, in many ways it is like 'June' but more robust. In addition, it also has red petioles and pinkish purple scapes. It is very sexy in the spring! $35
15. This hosta hybridizers will rank higher.
'Sunny Day' (Solberg 2019) ([48/49 seedling X 'Key West'] X 48/49 seedling) Medium(14" X 24") 'Sunny Day', chasing all the clouds away this is a very happy hosta! It is also this hybridizer's fantasy. It is the result of a backcross of a 'Tom Terrific' sibling back to its purple-petioled parent. The result is a very upright medium-sized hosta with the vibrant yellow color of 'Key West' and rich purple petioles up into the leaf blade. I rushed this one to you, it is that good. $45
16. Brightest little mini I know.
'Fairy Dust' (Solberg 2017) ('Corkscrew' X 'Green Eyes' F2) Mini, (5" X 8") I am very excited about my intensely yellow little mini 'Fairy Dust', a second generation seedling from 'Corkscrew' and 'Green Eyes'. Its narrow upright leaves sparkle brightly all summer and it has good substance, too. This one makes sparks fly! $20
17. Very yellow and red with round leaves, underrated.
'Lemon Kiss' (Solberg 2018) ('Smiley Face' X 'Beet Salad') Small, (6" X 14") Sometimes hybridizers have a good thing but still want to make it better. 'Lemon Kiss' is an improvement on our very popular 'Smiley Face'. It is a cross of 'Smiley Face' back to 'Beet Salad'. The result is a bright yellow very small hosta with good substance and intense red petioles. You just have to touch it to believe it. $20
18. Another great growing mini.
'Lemon Zinger' (Solberg 2017) ('Dragon Tails' sport) Mini, (7" X 16") 'Lemon Zinger' is my green-margined sport of the increasingly popular 'Dragon Tails'. Its wavy bright yellow leaves are outlined in dark green. It is a vigorous little mini, perfect in a pot. It just might be your cup of tea. $15
19. Still a beautiful plant that grows well for almost everyone.
'Ambrosia' PPAF (Solberg 2015) (Sport of 'Guacamole') Large, (24" X 54") Ambrosia is "the food of the gods" and this hosta is certainly good enough to eat. It is simply divine. It is a blue-margined, light yellow-centered sport of my own 'Guacamole' that performs just as well in the garden, making a large clump that enjoys bright light. Like ambrosia it is fragrant and may also have the same mythological healing powers. This hosta is close to perfection. $25
20. I probably like this one more than you do.
'Twist Tie' (Solberg 2017) ('Tongue Twister' X ['Iwa' X 'Blue Blush']) Small, (10" X 18") 'Twist Tie' is a small blue-green hosta with very upright twisted leaves. It is from 'Tongue Twister' and like it has very good substance and is one of the last hostas to go to sleep. Twisted hostas are my new passion, wait to you see what comes next. $20
21. You probably would rank this one higher.
'Sugar Plum' (Solberg 2011) (Seedling X 'One Man's Treasure') Medium, (20" X 28") This is the one!!! The ultimate goal of breeding purple-petioled hostas is to produce an upright plant with rich regal purple color that runs up into the veins at the base of the leaf. Add a bright white back to the leaf and you have the perfection of the purple running all the way into the white. This is that dream plant. It has purple scapes as well and blooms in late August and September. It is a prolific seed producer. $20
22. You need sunglasses to look at this hosta.
'Glossy Ruffles' (D. Ruff 2016) ('Invincible' seedling) Large, (24" X 45") Do you like your hostas to shine, I mean really shine? This large, fast growing 'Invincible' seedling from Doug Ruff has very waxy ruffled green leaves that become mirrors of light in the garden. Perfect in that sunny corner by the walk. Special. $25
23. Different, and different counts.
'Let's Twist Again' (D. Van Eechaute) (Sport of 'Patriot') Medium, (10" X 24") Danny has done it again. One of the greatest hosta sport fishermen worldwide, he has recently introduced this very curly sport of believe it or not, 'Patriot'. This hostas makes a tight medium-sized clump that has surprising vigor. Perfect in a pot, it makes a great specimen hosta. $25
24. A good solid blue.
'Hovercraft' (D. & M. Beilstein 2016) (H. laevigata X op. seedling) Medium, (16" X 30") I really like this hosta even as a little liner. I like the roundness of the leaves and the nice blue color. It too is a large classic form hosta but with a little more open look as the leaves seem to float over their petioles. A fine blue from Doug Beilstein. $20
25. Better than expected.
'Heather Hill' (M. Zilis, Solberg 2018) ('Lime Zest' sport) Mini to Small, (5" X 14") This sport of 'Lime Zest' was a wonderful surprise. Sometimes hostas create the best hostas all on their own. This fast growing very small hosta develops a bright white margin and is very happy in morning sun. It makes a great garden plant as well as a welcome addition to your container collection. Introduced with Heather Hill Gardens in Fairfax Station, VA. Special $15

Medium to Large Hostas:
'1st and Ten' (D. & M. Beilstein 2013) ('Brutus' X BEV3-MOM seedling) Very Large, (32" X 50") This is a big hosta! It is almost 3 feet tall with very large shovel-like blue-green leaves with good substance. Part of Doug Beilstein's gridiron series, it is a seedling from his very popular 'Brutus'. I love its dramatic leaf veins and upright habit. $20
'Bear Necessities' (Solberg 2019) (Sport of 'Honey Bear') Large, (18" X 40") This green sport from its much fancier parent 'Honey Bear' really has lots of character given a closer look. As expected: it has showy fragrant flowers and a tremendous growth rate but also large rounded dark green leaves that are nicely puckered revealing its 'August Moon' parentage. I just could not throw this one out. Special $20
'Biscuits -n- Honey' (Solberg, Middle Tennessee Hosta Society 2018) (70 20?) Medium, (14" X 26") This very yellow medium-sized hosta is of H.montana heritage and has the classic tight vein pattern of its parents. It holds its yellow very well and would appreciate some summer shade. Good substance, too. Named for the 2018 Dixie Regional where 'Biscuits -n- Honey' were served to the delight of all. $35
'Blue Perfection' (Solberg 2015) (Sport of 'Ambrosia'PPAF) Large, (24" X 54") This is the fast growing, fragrant-flowered blue, yes blue hosta, for which we have all been waiting. It has very waxy blue leaves that are enhanced when grown in half a day of cool sun. The light lavender flowers that arrive in late July are very fragrant, unlike other "fragrant blue" hostas. You have got to try this one. $20
'Fashionista' (M. Zilis 2011) (Sport of 'Designer Genes') Medium, (14" X 30") You can blame me for this one. The first time I saw this white-margined sport of the bright yellow 'Designer Genes', I had to have it. Curious to see how well it would grow I tested a few plants for Mark and it passed with flying colors. It has the same bright red petioles and scapes as its parent. A riot of color in a container. $20
'Honey Bear' (Solberg 2017) ('Honey Pie' sport) Large, (20" X 42") The rich green and yellow combination of color of this fragrant-flowered sport of my hosta 'Honey Pie' is an eye stopper in the garden. At maturity the leaves become rounded and somewhat puckered with a dark green leaf center and a honey-colored margin. Like its parent it is sun tolerant and grows rapidly. $25
'Honey Pie' (Solberg 2012) ('September Sun' X H. plantaginea) Large, (18" X 40") This may have been my favorite hosta this summer. Despite all the heat, boy did it grow. The honey colored leaves pucker with age and fragrant flowers follow in late summer. It is a large hosta, a cross of 'September Sun' and H. plantaginea, having the best characteristics of both parents. Give this one a little extra sun also. $20
'Imperial Palace' (D. & J. Ward 2009) ('Pin Stripe Sister' X unknown) Large, (26" X 48") This hosta is a striking light yellow-centered, green-margined beauty that believe it or not is easy to grow. It makes a shining beacon in the garden if given some morning sun. I think this is one of Dick Ward's best. $20
'Infatuation' (Solberg 2014) (49 Best X 'Red October') Small, (10" X 20" or larger) This very special hosta resembles a bird in flight. It is a very waxy blue H. kikutii in form with rich cranberry colored petioles. The leaf margins gently undulate, effortlessly gliding on a warm summer breeze. It blooms in August with purple flowers on arching scapes. This seedling of mine is a great mix of the species H. longipes, H. kikutii, and H. pycnophylla. It demands attention and deserves a special spot in the garden or a ceramic container. Beautiful purple scapes produce seed pods easily. Great for hybridizing. It is love at first sight. $25
'Jet Black' (D. & M. Beilstein 2017) (Mary Chastain 04 B1 streaked seedling X 'Skylight') Large, (24" X 56") This is a very blue hosta that grows quickly into a large mound. It has lots and lots of powdery white wax that softens the appearance of its sturdy cupped and puckered leaves. Near white, nicely proportioned flowers appear in late June. Another great landscape hosta from Doug Beilstein. $25
'Jetstream' (D. & M. Beilstein 2013) (Seedling of H. yingeri OP seedling) Medium to Large, (26" X 40") I am a sucker for a waxy blue hosta. I also like hostas that make perfect clumps, with all their leaves neatly arranged in just the right place. This medium-sized hosta, with the help of a little morning sun, is the perfect combination of both. A seedling of Doug Beilstein, plant this one next to 'June'. $20
'Kaleidochrome' (Q & Z Nursery) (seedling from Japan, possibly H. longipes and H. montana parentage) Small to Medium? (10" X 22") The most exciting hosta that I have seen in years, this beauty is streaked bright yellow and green. My narrow leaves have widened the second year but the variegation is just as good. To my delight it is fertile and I am trying to imagine the wondrous seedlings that will soon appear in my seedling flats. It blooms here in June on tall straight scapes, almost H. montana like. $25
'Leapin' Lizard' (D. & M. Beilstein 2013) (['Splashed Leather' X 'Treasure Island'] open pollinated) Medium, (12" X 30") This medium-sized hosta has it all. The attractive green leaves are highly ruffled, folded, and heavily puckered. Every leaf is a little different resulting in a wild and crazy hosta. This seedling of Doug Beilstein's is not only a First Look winner but a sure show stopper in the garden. $30
'Mango Salsa' (Solberg 2011) (H. clausa normalis F2 seedling X 'Strawberry Banana Smoothie') Medium, (12" X 20") Maybe the best of this red seedling cross, this hosta is sun tolerant, has unusual wavy yellow leaves and red on both sides of the petiole into the leaf and red scapes. It has lavender flowers, maybe with a little red, and is a great breeding plant, fertile both ways. Light years away from its sibling 'Smiley Face', an equally stellar hosta. $20
'Megan's Angel' (D. & M. Beilstein 2009) (Sport of streaked 'Blue Angel') Huge, (22" X 54" or larger) This one of Doug Beilstein's is a sport of the classic 'Blue Angel', named for his daughter. The huge blue leaves emerge with this wide, soft yellow border that will become white by late summer. It grows well and has the same wonderful near white flower display as its parent. It will grow large enough to fill a whiskey barrel. $20
'Orange Marmalade' PP16,742 (Solberg 2002) (Sport of 'Paul's Glory') Large, (18" X 42") Breath-taking mound of heart-shaped blue leaves with a center that emerges bright yellow, then turns an orangish gold before becoming pale yellow or white depending on the amount of sun. Lavender flowers in July. Beautifully variegated all summer! Yes, it really looks orange-yellow or yellow-orange, like the Crayola crayons. $20
'Peach Salsa' (Solberg 2013) (H. clausa normalis F2 seedling X 'Strawberry Banana Smoothie') Medium, (12" X 20") This bright yellow hosta has puckered leaves that are almost translucent, it glows! It is also a showoff with its bright red, not purple, petioles and scapes. Don't cut the flowers off this one. A sibling of my 'Smiley Face' and 'Mango Salsa', this one is a dappled shade plant that will brighten up any garden path. $20
'Pie a la Mode' (M. Zilis, M. Vanous 2010) ('Color a la Mode' sport) Large, (20" X 45") Large heart-shaped leaves are blue-green with a gold border that becomes white in a sunny location. Grows well and makes a statement. $15
'Smash Hit' (M. Zilis) (Sport of 'Orange Marmalade' PP#16742) Medium, (14" X 30") This sport of 'Orange Marmalade' PP#16742 has a much wider blue-green margin than its parent indicating that it is probably tetraploid and will grow a little better. The leaf center is still bright yellow in the spring, turning orange, and then white as the season progresses. Certainly a winner. $20
'Tidewater' (M. Zilis 2003) (H. kikutii leuconota X 'Elegans') Large , (18" X 40") This is a cool hosta! It is a cross between a white backed H. kikutii and 'Elegans' by Mark Zilis. It is large and intensely blue but has long narrow leaves with lots of veins. It has lots of white wax and lots of character. You must have this one. $15
'Victory' (M. Zilis, Solberg 2003) (Sport of 'Elatior') Huge, (36" X 84") This is an awesome hosta, one of the best ever. Yes, this wide white-margined sport of 'Elatior' requires a substantial piece of garden real estate but its stately upright habit deserves a prominent spot. Don't have room? It makes a great pot plant also. Hosta of the Year for 2015. $15
'World Cup' (D. Beilstein & M. Zilis, M. Zilis 2006) ('Komodo Dragon' X 'Super Bowl') Large, (20" X 44") This hosta is destined to find its way into the Top 25. It is also the one that got away. Selected from Doug Beilstein's seedlings by Mark Zilis' keen eye, this very tall and very upright bright yellow hosta is a showstopper where ever you see it. Grows well in deep shade or cool sun. $25

Miniature and Small Hostas
'Appletini' (M. Zilis, M. Vanous 2009) (Yellow sport of 'Blue Dimples' X 'Shining Tot') Mini to Small, (6" X 14") A great new mini, maybe the best of the "tini" series from Mark Zilis, it has the bright yellow color, the shine, good substance, and cute leaf shape to make this fast growing hosta a star in the garden or in a container. It also has nice lavender flowers in July. $15
'Baby Blue Eyes' (Solberg 2006) ('Cody' X 'Dorset Blue') Mini-Small, (6" X 16") This little hosta is a darling. It is a very cute tight, flat mound of heart-shaped pretty blue leaves that grows fast. Not too big for a large trough, it is also tough enough to show off in the garden. Light lavender flowers on short scapes in July. $15
'Baby Booties' (D. & M. Beilstein 2012) ('Swoosh' X H.capitata F2 seedling) Mini, (7" X 12") I have been very impressed with this great, true miniature hosta. Its leaves have a very showy white margin and a cute rounded shape. It is a seedling of Doug Beilstein's, a F2 cross of 'Swoosh' and H.capitata. It also grows very well in the nursery. $15
'Brentwood Blues' (S. Watson 2013) (Sport of 'Rhythm and Blues') Small, (8" X 20") This little hosta is a wonderful sport of 'Rhythm and Blues' from Steve Watson of Brentwood, Tennessee. It has bright white margins on blue-green leaves with well-proportioned flowers. It has a rare combination of colors. $15
'Cricket' (D. & J. Ward 2010) ('Jiminy Cricket' sport) Mini, (4" X 14") This little hosta has small green, highly ruffled leaves with good substance. It grows fast and makes a great garden plant for your mini bed or the front of the border. We all need a few green guys to show off the others. $20
'Coconut Custard' (Solberg 2007) (['Blue Cadet' X 'One Man's Treasure'] X o.p.) Mini, (5" X 12") This fast growing mini with heart-shaped leaves is bright waxy yellow in the spring with purple petioles. It has good substance and makes a very sturdy plant. A highlight of the spring season. $15
'Cookie Crumbs' (Solberg, M. Zilis 2002) (Sport of 'Tiny Tears') Mini, (5" X 10") Finally a clean white-margined mini reminiscent of H. venusta. This very flat mound of green heart-shaped leaves has a surprisingly wide white margin. It has. purple flowers in June. $20
'Cracker Crumbs' (Solberg 2002) (Sport of 'Shiny Penny') Mini, (6" X 12") The miniature bright gold leaves have a shiny, dark green margin that appears hand painted. Good substance, growth rate and lavender flowers in July. It is perfect for troughs. $15
'Crumb Cake' (Solberg 2008) ('Cinnamon Sticks' X 'Cracker Crumbs') Small, (4" X 12") This rapidly growing hosta makes a very tight flat mound of honey-gold round leaves with mahogany petioles that are shiny, wonderfully wavy, and have very good substance. Its mahogany scapes have pretty lavender flowers in July. It is a cute little hosta tough enough for the garden but deserving of a very special spot. I just love it! $15
'Curly Fries' (Solberg 2008) ('Pineapple Upsidedown Cake' seedling) Small, (5" X 16") Just look at a photo. I will add that the agave-looking leaves are stiff as a board and you can see that our award winning 'Curly Fries' is the most unique hosta to be introduced in some time. Best grown in half a day of sun, its highly ruffled narrow leaves emerge yellow and then fade to near white. The scape is deep purple, topped with lavender flowers. It makes a great container plant or grows very well in the garden. You just have to touch it. $15
'Dragon Scales' (Solberg 2018) ('Dragon Tails' sport) Mini, (5" X 10") Everyone loves 'Dragon Tails', well this is a green form of that ruffled, narrow-leafed mini. It grows quickly and is perfect for a feathery upright addition to a bowl of yellow and variegated minis. Pale purple flowers appear in July. $15
'Dragon Tails' (W. Zumbar) ( ) Mini, (5" X 8") This bright yellow mini is best grown in a little strong light to accentuate the tight rippling along the narrow leaf margins but too much will bleach it white. It makes a cute little tuft of foliage with pale purple flowers in July. It reblooms here for me on a second flush of summer foliage. $15
'Fruit Cup' (D. & M. Beilstein 2013) ([('Minuta' F1 seedling B X 'Shining Tot') X ('Lakeside Looking Glass op.)]) Small, (8" X 13") This almost mini has very round dark green leaves that amazingly are cupped and puckered. It grows pretty fast, too. A great container and garden plant. $20
'Itsy Bitsy Spider' (G. Johnson) ('Hadspen Heron' seedling) Mini, (2.5" X 6") This hosta has a flat spider-like habit, short, narrow leaves with surprising substance. It is perfect for the trough or fairy garden. Light lavender flowers in July. $15
'Ladybug' (D. & J. Ward 1996) ('Vanilla Cream' seedling) Mini-Small, (10" X 22") I like minis that grow and look a little different. This hosta is both. It is an interesting yellow seedling from 'Vanilla Cream' and Dick Ward that has ruffled leaves and a rapid growth rate. It is a large mini but still a perfect fit with the rest of your little ones. $15
'Lemon Love Note' (D. & M. Beilstein 2016) ('Quill' X op. seedling) Mini-Small, (10" X 20") This little hosta is better than it looks in the photo. It is a wavy, highly ruffled mini that grows rapidly into a neat bright yellow mound. A seedling of Doug Beilstein's, it has nice lavender flowers, too. And I just love the name. $15
'Lemontini' (M. Zilis 2009) (Sport of 'Blue Dimples X 'Shining Tot') Mini, (7" X 12") This is one of the "tini" series from Q & Z Nursery. I think 'Appletini' is probably the best of the group but this little bright yellow hosta comes in a close second. It grows well and its bright color will delight you in early spring. I have been impressed with it even as a liner. $15
'Lime Zest' (M. Zilis 2009) ('Shining Tot' X unknown) Mini, (6" X 14") This little hosta was a surprise last summer. It held its dark green color all summer and even decided to bloom in August despite the horrible weather. It is fast growing and an excellent mini to add to your collection. Everybody needs a little green. $10
'Limey Lisa' (W. Zumbar, K. Walek AHS R 2009) ( ) Mini, (6" X 21") This little hosta has unique limey green leaves, brighter in spring, that are round and deeply cupped for their size. It is very vigorous and makes a great garden plant, useful as a groundcover or from of the bed specimen. It has purple flowers in July. $15
'Shiny Penny' (Solberg 1997) ('Lemon Lime' X 'Shining Tot') Mini, (5" X 12") This true mini has bright yellow teardrop-shaped leaves on a flat mound that contrasts well with other narrow-leafed minis. Nice proportioned purple flowers in July. $15
'Tears of Joy' (P. Black & T. Johnson, Sebright Gardens 2005) (Sport of 'Tiny Tears') Mini, (4" X 13") This little H. venusta like mini has green leaves that are folded and twisted when they emerge. It is a fast grower and spreader, perfect for covering a container or trough. The flowers appear to be yellow, lots of pollen but no petals. It is different. $15
'Urchin' (D. & M. Beilstein 2013) (['Candy Dish' X (H. pycnophylla X 'Harvest Dandy') X 'Raspberry Sorbet'] X 'Atom Smasher' op.) Mini, (8" X 13") This unique little hosta has leaves with lots of ruffles that appear to have points at their ends. The green leaves stick up from the clump like spines, urchin spines. The scapes and seed pods are dark purple. Another winner from Doug Beilstein. $15
'Wonderful' (R. Goodwin 2005) ('Little Wonder' seedling) Mini, (3" X 6") This tiny hosta has teardrop-shaped yellow leaves that form a very cute delicate miniature mound. Hybridized by Randy Goodwin, it is a perfect container hosta or grow it as Randy does in a special bed just for minis along a walk. $15

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Green Hill Farm, Great New Hostas Wholesale and Retail
Bob Solberg
P. O. Box 773, Franklinton, NC 27525
E-Mail: HostaBob@gmail.com
Phone: 919-309-0649