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Hosta of the Year


By Josh Spece
Last revised November 1, 2010

With the overwhelming number of new Hosta varieties introduced every year, it is a daunting task for nurseries and gardeners alike to decide what varieties to grow. The American Hosta Growers Association tries to make this decision easier and has chosen a Hosta of the Year every year since 1996. Part of the AHGA's goal is to recognize Hosta varieties that are all around great plants. The hosta chosen as Hosta of the Year is a variety that makes a good garden plant in all regions of the country, is widely available, and retails for about $15 the year it is selected.

The Hosta of the Year plants are aimed more toward the general gardener rather than Hosta collectors. In fact, many collectors have grown Hosta of the Year selections for years before they are designated Hosta of the Year. Plants awarded Hosta of the Year are not the latest and greatest Hosta introductions. One of the major factors when selecting HOTY is that it must preform well in all areas of the United States where Hostas will grow. For this to be known, Hosta of the Year will always be a variety that has been around long enough to have been grown in a wide variety of gardens and climates. Only after a Hosta has proven itself in the gardens of collectors across the country will it be considered as a potential Hosta of the Year.

2011 Hosta of the Year - Hosta 'Praying Hands'

2011 Hosta of the Year - Hosta 'Praying Hands'
2011 Hosta of the Year
Hosta 'Praying Hands'

Past Hosta of the Year

1996 Hosta of the Year - Hosta 'So Sweet'
1996 Hosta of the Year
Hosta 'So Sweet'

Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens
1997 Hosta of the Year - Hosta 'Patriot'
1997 Hosta of the Year
Hosta 'Patriot'

Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens
1998 Hosta of the Year - Hosta 'Fragrant Bouquet'
1998 Hosta of the Year
Hosta 'Fragrant Bouquet'
1999 Hosta of the Year - Hosta 'Paul's Glory'
1999 Hosta of the Year
Hosta 'Paul's Glory'
2000 Hosta of the Year - Hosta 'Sagae'
2000 Hosta of the Year
Hosta 'Sagae'
2001 Hosta of the Year - Hosta 'June'
2001 Hosta of the Year
Hosta 'June'
2002 Hosta of the Year - Hosta 'Guacamole'
2002 Hosta of the Year
Hosta 'Guacamole'
2003 Hosta of the Year - Hosta 'Regal Splendor'
2003 Hosta of the Year
Hosta 'Regal Splendor'

Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens
2004 Hosta of the Year - Hosta 'Sum and Substance'
2004 Hosta of the Year
Hosta 'Sum and Substance'
2005 Hosta of the Year - Hosta 'Striptease'
2005 Hosta of the Year
Hosta 'Striptease'
2006 Hosta of the Year - Hosta 'Stained Glass'
2006 Hosta of the Year
Hosta 'Stained Glass'
2007 Hosta of the Year - Hosta 'Paradigm'
2007 Hosta of the Year
Hosta 'Paradigm'
2008 Hosta of the Year - Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears'
2008 Hosta of the Year
Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears'
2009 Hosta of the Year - Hosta 'Earth Angel'
2009 Hosta of the Year
Hosta 'Earth Angel'
2010 Hosta of the Year - Hosta 'First Frost'
2010 Hosta of the Year
Hosta 'First Frost'

Future Hosta of the Year

Hosta of the Year is selected two to three years ahead of time to ensure growers and nurseries have sufficient time to build up stock. These are the upcoming Hosta of the Year.

2011 Hosta of the Year - Hosta 'Liberty'
2012 Hosta of the Year
Hosta 'Liberty'

Further Information on Hosta of the Year

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