Northern Grown Perennials
Our Northern Hybridized and Northern
New Hosta Introductions for this year:
(Seedling x Seedling)
(Seedling x Seedling)
There is something of an interesting history behind
RSVP. About 15 years ago we noticed with interest a ghostly pale seedling
with wild streaking as the season progressed. Intrigued, we made a cross on the
only and only bloom on the one and only bloomscape, but hoped to
make more crosses when a more mature plant would send up more scapes.
Unfortunately, it was a bad winter for voles and the seedling was
lost. However, we did find two
viable seeds from the lone bloom and planted them out in the fall. In the spring one of the two seeds
germinated, producing a tiny green seedling with pure white edging.
As the seasons progressed this seedling grew on, forming
a small clump and always with foliage edged in clean white. Happily, after about 6 seasons
growing toward maturity we noted that the leaves
were decidedly round and nicely dimpled. The pure white edging made a
good contract with the deep, clean green leaves.
RSVP in its adult form presents a rather low growing
tabletop clump with a spread of about 22”. The very round leaves are in the area of 5” in diameter. The picture here gives a good idea
of the qualities of RSVP. We
did make several crosses with this one last summer and look forward to see what the kids look like.
We are glad to finally introduce this distinctive hosta for your consideration. After 14 years it was time to do so.
Price: $50.00 (NET--not subject to
'Gilding The Lily'
(Sport of ‘Sun
Hosta 'Gilding The Lily'
(Sport of ‘Sun
Through the years we have found no less than 5 nice
sports of Sun Power. All these
are nice in their own right; after many seasons we decided on introducing
GILDING THE LILY as it was the best of the group.
You will note from our picture that much of the
structure basics of this introduction are like that of its parent, Sun
Power. However, there are
differences which stand out. Relating to color expression, the centers of
the leaves are a gold-chartreuse, while the borders are a clean cream
which often streaks down into the center of the foliage.
We find two other differences compared to the parent
cultivar: 1. The leaves have broadly undulating edges. 2. The clump
size is a bit less spreading and more compact in nature, while a mature
plant will have a more dense growth. Clump size is about 30” in
diameter; leaves are in the area of 5” x
Sun Power is one of our favorite gold hostas, so we
thought a name like GILDING THE LILY would fit aptly for this sport as it
takes something that is already a super hosta and
adds some gilt.
We have nice plants available.
Price: $50.00 (NET--not subject to
'New Kid On The Block'
(Sport of Sweet Sunshine)
Hosta 'New Kid On The Block'
(Sport of Sweet Sunshine)
Sweet Sunshine is another one of those hostas that we have enjoyed
through the seasons here; it has provided us with 4 deserving sports, 2 of
which we plan to introduce. New
Kid On The Block is the first. We first noticed this sport about 10
years ago and have enjoyed watching it as the years have progressed.
Like its parent, New Kid On The Block has
several aspects which we have appreciated. As our picture will indicate the leaf
shape is quite cupped in nature.
Additionally, like its parent, there is a strong rugose
expression with lots of what Chet Tompkins called “biscuit
Color expression is a medium green with creamy gold borders that
usually streak down into the centers of the leaves. In that regard, no two leaves are
totally alike. This variegation
is of a pleasing softer nature.
It doesn’t slap you as you walk by, but it does draw one close
for a second look. We find that
it presents itself especially well planted close to deep blue neighbors.
Growth rate is a bit stronger than its parent, presenting a mature clump
about 30” across. Leaves
are about 6” x 9”.
Nice plants available.
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(Christmas Tree Gala x Donahue
Hosta 'Lakefront Property'
(Christmas Tree Gale x Donahue
Since we first noticed this seedling, we have watched
her develop into something quite special. The positive genetics of both
parents are seen in our introduction of LAKEFRONT PROPERTY.
As the picture indicates, L.P. is a deep, frosty
green with several other muted expressions of green/cream/white that
jut and streak out onto a pure white widely undulating border. The pointed ends tend to twist/turn
as they narrow. Overall
expression is distinctive.
This hosta has proven to be a
strong grower here, making a mature clump about 38” across and
21” tall. Foliage
measures about 12” x 8” with deeply impressed veining and good
substance. Clump form tends to
be a rounded mound.
Through the years we have always gone out of our way to
be very selective on the hostas we introduce. L.P. meets the standards we
We recommend LAKEFRONT PROPERTY without hesitation. It is the sort of hosta that one can identify at a distance. Nice sized plants available for
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x Lakeport Blue sdlg )
Hosta 'Twilight Shimmer'
(Dark Treasure x Lakeport Blue
With the large number of admittedly rather common
“green” hostas on the market, any future registrations and
introductions need to show a good reason. Like its pod parent, Dark Treasure,
our introduction of Twilight Shimmer has evidenced these distinctives.
After growing this seedling on through several seasons and being nearly
wiped out by voles a few years ago, we thought the time had come once we
again had good stock.
So, what’s distinctive about Twilight Shimmer? As to clump form
we have a nicely rounded mound. As to leaf form, we have definite
ventricular expression. But
these matters are not distinctive in and of themselves. The distinction is noted in the two
pictures here. Very few hostas
(and fewer still greens) have this sort of glossy sheen. While there are a number of more glossy hostas, the majority of these
tend to have thin substance.
Thankfully, T.S. has good substance.
We have T.S. planted in an area of dappled shade close
to a path where it shines during the day, but the real allure comes toward
dusk when the shine turns to an enticing shimmer. The other matter of distinction is
that of bloom. Bloom expression
is that of pure white blossoms on elongated scapes. On some colder evenings, the bloom
will sometimes have the palest undertone of lavender.
As a solid green, Twilight Shimmer establishes readily
and quickly forms a clump about 36” across and 20” tall. Leaves are about 7” x
6”. We recommend planting
in a more shady site for best color effect, and
perhaps along a path or other frequented site where you can enjoy the
shimmer and white blooms.
Nice large plants as we have good stock again and are
keeping the price very reasonable for a new introduction.
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'Miner Forty Niner'
(Abiqua Recluse x Streets Of
Hosta 'Miner Forty Niner'
(Abiqua Recluse x Streets Of
is a hosta planting without good golds? Mundane! From the time I first began
hybridizing years ago, I have always made a number of
crosses for gold/yellow expression.
Many of these seedlings we have kept back and observed them for
years, watching as they matured from "nice" to "gotta keep". This year's introduction of MINER
FORTY NINER is one of those gotta keep hostas.
breaking up the 8-year-old mother clump two years ago to line out for
increase, the diameter was about 36" across. We have grown MFN in settings
ranging from 75% sun to 75% shade where she prosperes
in nicely. In a more shady setting she maintains a more chartreuse
expression longer into the season; in a setting with more light, the gold
expression quickly develops.
picture here gives a good idea of what to expect on foliage. A well established clump supports leaves that are very
pebbled/puckered with what I call a honey comb appearance. The substance is heavy
and a mature plant has a pleasing mound form. Growth rate is on the strong side of
the parents of MINER FORTY NINER are favorites of ours in the gold class,
and both have been great parents for gold kids. Both parents transmit the fine color
expression we like and both produce nicely pebbled
kids. From MFN we have a number of promising seedlings. Some really
outstanding kids have come from crosses with Super Bowl, as well as
some sharp blues from Abiqua Drinking Gourd. Lots of possibilities for the
have nice plants available. As
with all our hosta introductons,
MFN has not been tissue cultured nor has it been shared.
Price: $75.00 (NET: not subject to
(Sport of Lakeport Blue)
Hosta 'Rabble Rouser'
(Sport of Lakeport Blue)
We have been watching RABBLE ROUSER develop over the
last 9 years. As a young plant
we enjoyed the intense green-blue centers of the foliage and the creamy
gold borders. As each season
passed, we became more appreciative of this hosta. We know of no other sports of
Tompkins’ Lakeport Blue' which we have grown in large clumps here on
the farm, along with many of the other hostas of Cynthia and Chet Tompkins.
The mother clump was about 46” across before we
took some away to line out for introduction. Form is that of a somewhat spreading
mound. Due to its heavy
substance and strong petioles, the clump maintains integrity even after
strong storms. On an
established plant, the foliage can become quite heart shaped.
The picture on the site shows mid
summer expression in about 75% sun. The dark centers make a fine
contrast with the golden yellow borders. We have appreciated the strong
pebbling/puckering on the mother clump through the seasons.
Growth/increase is quite strong. While I have not used RABBLE ROUSER
in hybridizing previously (for some strange reason), I think I will have to
make that venture in the coming seasons. It will be interesting, knowing the
parentage, to make crosses with some good colored blues like Silver Bay,
and I am tempted to use it with Streets Of Gold
now that I think about it.
As with all our introductions, your guarantee of
satisfaction remains in place.
We should have nice plants available.
Price: $75.00 (NET--not subject to
'Change of Venue'
of 'Wrinkles And Crinkles')
Hosta 'Change of Venue'
'Wrinkles And Crinkles')
Like so many hostaphiles,
we enjoy the unruly expression of an untamed, very rugose hosta form.
One such hosta that we have long enjoyed
is 'Wrinkles And Crinkles'. It is one of those cultivars that
has been around for a good long time and maintains a good following with
many gardeners. In one of the
older planting sites here where odds and ends used to be planted in at the
end of the season we knew there was a nice clump
of WAC, but being somewhat out of the way it was seldom visited.
Several years ago we
were pruning back some branches around this bed. Something seemed rather unusual
about the clump of WAC that was set back in this dark corner. A closer look indicated that the
whole clump had morphed into what you see in the picture of the single leaf
on this webpage. Thinking it
might be just a passing expression, we looked back the following summer and
found that the mutation was maintained. Accordingly, we dug the clump and
made a few divisions which we planted under an apple tree in a more
traveled area where we could watch it.
Happily, the expression has been maintained year after year on every
fan of every clump as far as we can tell.
At first we thought
to just keep it around as a fast growing curiosity, but visitors often
inquired about it and we enjoyed its subtle presence each season. Hence we
decided to register this sport of WAC as CHANGE OF VENUE.
Why CHANGE OF VENUE? (When we name a hosta,
we try to use a name that is expressive of the plant itself as much as
possible. Hence: 'Jurassic
Park', 'A Passion For Purple', 'Glad Rags',
'Tiffany Tune', etc.) This hosta goes through an annual change of expression. It starts out very close to the
solid deep blue of WAC with lots of unruly rugosity. Then, as the season advances the outer
inch of the leaf edges takes on a chartreuse tone. This begins in a subtle form and
then becomes bolder and more dominant.
Often toward the end of the season the outer band of color takes on
an interesting near olive expression.
Diminisions of clump and foliage are the same as
the parent: Clump spread of about 36" and around 20" tall;
foliage measures in the vininity of 9" x
7". Very rugose,
heavy substanced foliage.
We suggest planting in a more
shady setting for best color expression. This is the sort of hosta that doesn't shout as you pass by. Rather it quiety
draws one in for a closer examination.
Strong growth rate which readily forms a
rather dense, compact clump. If
you have darker, shady setting which needs something of a "change of
venue" consider our CHANGE OF VENUE to add a new expression.
Price: $50.00--doubles (not
subject to discount)
'Shades of Green'
Hosta 'Shades of Green'
Several seasons ago on the spur of the moment
we selfed a couple open blooms of 'Green
Marmalade', something that is seldom done. It was a whim at best; nonetheless
the seed was pressed into the planting bed. Late the next spring a small stretch
of tiny green seedlings emerged from this cross. On closer examination we noted that
one of these seedlings had a clean white edge and a bit of streaky
marbling. The following spring
this seedling was given a space where it didn't have to rub shoulders so
tightly with its siblings. And
in the following seasons we enjoyed watching things develop.
From this more developed seedling we found
some streaky fans, some with partial white edges, and
also few fans that were very stable with a clean white border. Discarding all else but the stable
fans, we are pleased to watch as these fans quickly grew to become
When viewing the picture here on the website,
you may understand why we chose to register this hosta
as SHADES OF GREEN.
Whenever we walked past the planting site
we noted the various marbled tones (shades) of green that jet out from the
edges of the dark green center swath.
These shades vary in color from a muted green to a near yellow type
of chartreuse. Often, spears of
color jet out from the centers well into the pure white borders.
The leaf in the picture here shows some dings
as it was taken at the very end of the season in September. Earlier in the season SHADES OF
GREEN expresses the same satin finish as its parent. This sheen expresses itself
especially well in a more shady setting.
As to overall clump size one can readily
expect a clump that can attain 36" in width and around 22" in
height. On wet springs one can
expect an increase in height.
Individual leaves on an established clump range in
the area of 10" in length and 6" wide with a sharp,
defined point. This can
fluctuate a bit season to season as well. While the overall appearance is that
of a mounded clump, the foliage also has a rather upright growth form as
Happily, SHADES OF GREEN does not sit and pout; rather, she settles in readily
and quickly forms a strong clump.
The many tones of green on the backdrop of clean white forms an
expressive BRIGHT SPLASH of garden presence.
Nice, strong plants will be available for
shipping. These are not tc.
Price: $50.00 (not subject to
'A Passion For Purple'
Hosta 'A Passion For Purple'
Every hybridizer has an orphan
waif (or many) that gets lost in the rush of life. This is the case with our introduction
of A Passion For Purple. Years (many) ago some crosses were
made in the first craze for red stemmed hostas. We were not impressed with the
results and decided to “abandon all hope” (Dante). A couple of the more interesting
seedling clumps were tossed under an arborvitae to fend for
themselves. Attesting to the
hardiness of our funkia friend’s genetics,
one clump took root and survived the Wisconsin winter. So much for the intro—now as
Paul Harvey was want to say, it is time for
“the rest of the story”:
A couple years later several
small seedlings had started to grow from seed drop of this clump. Those between the rows met the
business end of the Honda tiller; however, one had the good fortune to
start its life in a blank space within the row and was spared. This little seedling grew and
prospered, somehow surviving the annual summer rouging out process. Growing at the far north end of the
field plantings she was more or less ignored
season after season in the rush of summer. However, we did note the bright
shower of intense purple bloom as the clump matured. A rare inspection also indicated
that the petioles had a flush of red and that the bloom scapes
were quite purple in tone—ok, interesting. Then, a few seasons back, a hostaphile friend was walking past the waif in early
fall. He stopped, pointed, and
asked about the deep purple (near black) seed pods.
Like my protégé,
Homer Simpson (…duh), I had never really paid attention to this
To escape the incredulous stare
of my hostaphile friend, I promised cut a few chunks off the waif and plant them
In the next few seasons we started to pay
more attention: Yes, the bright
purple bloom is sharp; yes, it does have some coloring on the petioles (no,
I do not lift foliage looking for color); yes, the scapes
are purple; and, yes, it does have near black seed pods.
Planting some of A Passion For Purple in more accessible sites,
visitors at bloom time have remarked about the color of the bloom and in
late season on the color of the pods.
AND, by beleaguered admission, we have come to appreciate the waif
more each season.
Some data: Adult clump size reaches about
28” across; scapes are about 26”
tall; individual leaves are about 7” x 3”. Now here is the caveat: to
achieve a profusion of purple bloom and black pods, one SHOULD plant it in
a setting with strong morning sun. This may seem to go against regular hosta logic.
However, we discovered an entirely different hosta
when she is planted under perfect (shady) conditions. In deeper shade, the color is deep
green with a glossy finish and wider foliage. It makes a nice, dense clump and
grows like a weed, but the more shade, the less bloom
and the less color!
So, there is the caveat for
anyone who wishes to provide a home for the waif. Take a look
at the pictures. No photo shop
adjustments. An oddball for
sure, but an oddball we have come to enjoy. Since she grows with great vigor, we
have lots of stock and will ship 3-4 eye plants.
Price: $35.00 (not subject to
'As You Like It'
Hosta 'As You Like
(Cross of two seedlings involving SUNNY SMILES and
Both Sunny Smiles and Paul’s Glory have proven
excellent parents individually as well as crossed together. Our introduction of AS YOU LIKE
IT goes to prove the point.
We noted from this cross a number of
seedlings that emerged a soft, clean chartreuse, then quietly eased into
green tipped creams, and finally into shimmering, smooth cream tones. The picture tells the tale better
than the verbage at this point.
grown up here on the farm milking registered Guernseys
as a kid and luxuriating in their rich cream (…none of the watery
Holstein stuff!!) for making butter, ice cream, sweet cheese curds, molsa, rommegraut, gryngraut (pull out your Norwegian dictionaries at this
point)—well, let’s just say we used a lot of rich Guernsey
cream. If we had our
‘druthers, we would have named it ‘Guernsey Cream’ due to
the smooth, creamy color of the foliage; however, that hosta
already exists. Naturally we
grow it here, and it is a nice gold, too.
next choice for a name was something else to indicate a certain
“soft” quality that this hosta
expresses. Going through our
“possible names” list, we came upon something Shakespearean in
nature that seemed evince this pleasing, summery quality: A Midsummer
Night’s Dream. Unfortunately the registrar thought it too close to an
already registered cultivar. We
were initially disappointed until she thoughtfully suggested another
Shakespearean title: As You Like It.
And we did like it!
(Bless her heart!) So there is the story
behind the name.
season she proves herself a garden lady dressed for the occasion: soft and
shimmering. And each season she puts on like clockwork her quiet ease from
soft chartreuse to crème de mint tipped, to the pure cream
expression. (Again, the picture tells the story.)
Sizewise A.Y.L.I. has an ultimate garden spread of
about 36”, with leaf measurements about 8 x 6. In spite of
the lack of strong chlorophyll through most of the season, she is a good
grower, quickly forming a spreading mound. There is one quirk about her that we
find hard to explain: In the
8-10 years we have grown this seedling and made divisions to line out, we
have never seen a bloomscape. That does not mean that this is a
permanent fixture. Perhaps in
your setting she will bloom.
The 4 siblings we have kept back from this cross have all bloomed
and we have used them in our own hybridizing with good success.
with so many hostas, siting is key to achieve the best color
expression. Here we have grown AS
YOU LIKE IT in a rich, tilthy soil
where she gets a couple hours of early morning sun, then high shade during
the balance of the day. She
gives the pictured color expression in variants of this setting. One caution: do not plant in strong
sun as this can bleach out the best color.
with all our hosta introductions, AS YOU LIKE
IT has not been and will not be tissue cultured by us (which is to
say that is As We Like It). It
has not been gifted or shared.
We recommend it without hesitation, thinking that you will like
it. Methinks the Bard might
have liked it on A Midsummer Night’s Eve as well. Nice double plants to ship.
Price: $50.00 (NET--not subject to
'Pale Moon Rising'
Hosta 'Pale Moon
Some hybridizing crosses beg to be made, seeming ripe
with potential. And such was the
case with the cross that produced PALE MOON RISING. The total uniqueness of
MANHATTAN has long made it a personal favorite. Its compact, rounded mound and
wholly honeycomb rugosity on round leaves readily announces its garden
presence. Add to this its late
spring emergence which always avoids frost. Our introduction of EXTROVERT (from
Tompkins’ lines) has proven a top parent for us,
producing kids with great rugosity and “extroverted” round leaf
forms. The merging of these
two parent plants “clicked”.
In the cross of MANHATTAN and EXTROVERT I was hoping for
something that might incorporate the good qualities of both parents. Several blues and blue-greens
were produced, many of which were quite nicely puckered or
“honeycomb” in expression on rounded foliage (…a couple
we really like for later introduction). However, I was not expecting a
seedling with the pale cream expression of PALE MOON RISING. It does make some sense, though,
as through the EXTROVERT background coming from Chet Tompkins’ lines
there is the recessive genetic potential to produce cream/yellow/gold. This goes back to one of his
mother’s pale chartreuse seedling which he
named Golden Galleon. (G.G.
emerges a ghostly pale cream and very slowly takes on a medium chartreuse
As you will note in the pictures here, PALE MOON
RISING many positive traits from its parents: (…pictures show mid season color expression)
rounded, compact clump form, strongly dimpled/honeycomb expression
round, “extroverted” leaves
pleasing, pale cream color hue—emerging color is a ghostly
which slowly takes on the creamy
gold expression (in the pictures shown), and finally expressing clean
chartreuse in late season
All good points! BUT one more matter that bears
positive impact is that PMR is THE latest emerging hosta
that grows here on the farm, a quality stemming from MANHATTAN. Consequently
even with very late frosts here in Wisconsin, PMR has never been
Growth rate is average to a bit
on the slower order. Our mother
clump measured 36” across at maturity; individual mature leaves are
about 6 x 7-8 (more round than ovate).
We suggest a planting site in an area of high shade with a loamy
soil. Due to its color
expression, this cultivar draws attention as a focal point in a shady
corner flanked by solid blues/greens.
We are very pleased with PALE
MOON RISING and have large size single divisions available to a limited
extent. As with all our
introductions, we will never knowingly place it in tissue culture. It has not been guested and will not
be tissue cultured. All
parent stock is here on the farm.
$100.00 (NET--not subject to discount)
‘Rags To Riches’
x Blue Mammoth) x Glad Rags )
Hosta 'Rags To Riches'
We have used our introduction of GLAD RAGS as a pollen
parent with good results. One
of these good results we introduce this spring as RAGS TO RICHES. This new bright, cheery hosta first appeared here among the GR crosses a number of years ago. With the BLUE MAMMOTH heritage, one
would expect larger seedlings, but GLAD RAGS tends to be dominant in
controlling size, creating kids more akin to itself in size. Having made divisions and planted
RTR in several sites for evaluation, we are perfectly content and confident
in making this introduction.
also to its GLAD RAGS heritage, RTR emerges with a clean chartreuse
expression, which quickly changes to an equally clean gold which you will
note in the picture. This color
hue holds throughout the balance of the growing season.
well established clump
will here has a spread of about 20”. Leaves measure about 3.5” x
5”. Height is about
mature, a clump can have a somewhat flat topped
Stemming from the GOLDEN
MEDALLION heritage one will find that the foliage becomes progressively
more puckered/pebbled with age, and age tends to enhance substance as
We have a more mature clump of RAGS
TO RICHES planted next to some smaller clumps of GLAD RAGS, which makes
for a pleasing effect as the both these hostas
attain their true gold tones as the same time.
As with most golds, siting is
important. In deeper shade one
will have a more chartreuse-gold tone (which is nice, too). Planting in intense sun will produce
brilliant gold quickly, but then one will also have to deal with the
possibility/likelihood of some burn.
Early morning sun with some high, dappled shade at the heat of the
day is about ideal from our plantings.
RAGS TO RICHES is one of
those hostas which fits in readily in most gardens. It is not a muscle
plant like our JURASSIC PARK, yet it can quickly form a bright statement
toward the front of a planting of more dominant hostas. A great companion for medium/small,
intense blue types, RTR makes a bright, perky statement season after
season. We have double eye
plants available for as long as they last.
It is not in tissue culture and
has not been guested.
$50.00 (NET--not subject to discount)
Hosta ‘Standing Room Only’
(Reciprocal sibling of
For many seasons we have watched the mother clump of this
reciprocal seedling of JURASSIC PARK displaying consistently. Each season
there has been the intent to introduce this stalwart performer, but as
Robert Frost penned the phrase, “…way leads on to way”
and it didn’t happen.
No more! Its time has
Yes, it is “another” blue-green hosta,
and there have been many “kind of nice” blue-greens
introduced. In fact, way too
many! At this point in time
another introduction of this type needs to have some really deserving
qualifications. So, what are
When viewing the images of STANDING ROOM ONLY one notes that
its early season expression is strongly blue. One also notes that it tends to be a
more upright mound formation on growth. Whether due to strong petioles
(which it has), its rapid growth or the multitude of growth points/eyes,
a mature clump of SRO displays the thickest, most dense foliage that
we have ever seen on the hundreds of registered cultivars we grow
here. Whereas on most large
hostas, one can readily part the leaves and see to the crown, on SRO the
density of foliage prevents this.
It also means that strong winds and heavy rains have little or no
impact on its display. Hence,
we have long thought that STANDING ROOM ONLY was a proper and fitting
The mother clump pictured here measured 6.5 feet across before we
took divisions off for propagation.
Individual leaves at maturity are about 9 x 11 inches. These measurements are without
fertilizer or extra water.
Another of the matters that we have long noted and appreciated about
SRO is that the leaves are “individualistic”. While generally ovate in form with a
sharp point, no two seem to be exactly the same. Many are rather boat shaped; some
curve in from one side; many have widely undulating edges and are very
rugose. To be blunt, most are
rather “undisciplined--from a positive viewpoint. This holds true
especially on leaf expression in the middle of the clump. Because the foliage is so dense,
there seems to be something of a “survival of the fittest” mode. Also noted is the fact that STANDING
ROOM ONLY has very heavy, unyielding substance—perhaps another reason
she prefers to do her own thing.
While no hosta is slug proof, we have
noted little or no slug damage even in the wettest summers.
So, if you want a hosta with perfectly
symmetrical leaf formation where everything grows to a specific set of
expectations, look elsewhere.
However, if you are looking for an entirely individualistic garden
expression that holds true season after season, STANDING ROOM ONLY
is for you. We have nice double
This hosta is not in tissue culture and has not been guested
to other gardens.
$40.00 (NET--not subject to discount)
(From seedling lines of Tompkins’ breeding
including ‘Lakeport Blue’, ‘Versailles Blue’
and ‘Blue Babe’.)
Another “green”? Yes, another GREEN!!! But not just “another”
green. Far from it, this hosta has all the good stuff that begs for a place in
the garden. In
reality it does not have to beg—it simply, quietly and
impressively commands attention.
Why? Here are some it
its distinguishing qualities at maturity: 1. Large, round, heavy substanced, leathery leaves which exhibit distinctive
2. Glossy, shimmering leaf surface that seems to glow in the shade 3.
Forest green hue with dark expression.
4. Distinctive mounded form spreading to about
40” and 30” in height that displays itself with
I was pleasantly surprised when this young hosta with dark color, ultra heavy
substance and shimmering leaf surface appeared in a group of powdery blue
seedlings a number of years ago. Since ‘DARK TREASURE’ stems entirely from the
breeding lines of Chet and Cynthia Tompkins, I told him about these
qualities which all came together in this hosta. He replied that this dark green tone
with a shimmering glow was an “occasional” recessive in the
‘Lakeport Blue’ lines, stemming from his mother’s
hybridizing back in the 1920’s.
He was enthusiastic and asked that I send him a start the next
spring after seeing pictures. That
never happened as he passed away the same winter. Whenever I walk by ‘DARK
TREASURE’ here on the farm I think of Chet and my yearly visits
with him and his passion for hostas, iris and
daylilies. My initial idea was
to name this it after him as this was “his” sort of hosta.
However, Chet distinctly disliked the idea of naming plants after
people, so I refrained from pursuing the matter, choosing a moniker that
reflected the plant itself instead.
The mother clump here grows in a shady site under an
apple tree with other seedlings from the Tompkins’ lines. Visitors never fail to be drawn to
it as it simply has so many positive qualities that have
come together in one genetic composition. Someone said last summer that the
mature leaves reminded them of a Monet lilypad,
only very dark and beautifully puckered. A good analogy. Whatever the case, ‘DARK
TREASURE’ has the sort of impressive qualities that I like. It is, in a word,
“DISTINCTIVE”. And, isn’t that what we want
today when there are so many dozens of new hostas being introduced on a yearly basis that are anything but distinctive. Happily, ‘DARK
TREASURE’ has produced some very fine kids with even
more intensified qualities. Selfing it has been very
productive, as have crosses with our ‘Summa Cum Laude’,
‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Streets Of Gold’.
A good grower, which settles in readily, we recommend a
shady site to keep the dark hues at their darkest and the shimmering
quality at its best. The
picture was taken with a flash; actual expression is darker.
We have nice double eye plants lined out for spring
delivery. It is not in tissue culture and we have no plans to do so, nor has it been
guested to other growers. As
with our other NGP introductions of hostas and daylilies, grow it for two
seasons and if you are not fully satisfied, we will buy it back from you.
$75.00 (NET--not subject to discount)
Brass x Cynthia)
‘Burnished Brass’ (Chet.Tompkins)
has proven to be a fine parent here for kids with bright gold color hues,
and ‘Cynthia” (Cynthia Tompkins) has produced many strikingly
variegated seedlings through the years for us. Using ‘BB’ as pod parent
and ‘C’ as pollen parent did the magic to produce ‘Refiner’s
Fire’, which we consider on a par with our ‘Glad
Rags’ in merit.
As ‘Refiner’s Fire’ grows here,
it forms a large clump in nice, mounded form about 40” across and
28” tall. Foliage is
ventricular in form and very pebbled, but not unruly, at maturity.
Early foliage has chartreuse-gold centers with dark
green borders that streak in swaths down into the middle of the leaf. Properly sited, as the season
progresses the centers take on a brassy gold tone that makes an even
more highly contrasted expression which holds until frost. Planted in more shade, the early
expression (pictured) endures; given more light,
the brassy tones take hold as the season progresses. Both are sharp!
With the exception of one pure
gold sport (which we are propagating), the variegation has proven entirely
stable in the ten plus seasons we have grown it.
We have several seedlings from ‘Refiner’s
Fire’ that show promise.
Thus far, they have all been solid in nature—chartreuse, gold,
green. We plan to make crosses with
it this season on ‘Pioneer’ which is recessive for gold and
variegation. While we have not
used it with very round leafed cultivars, that is something that should
likely be done. Using ‘Glad
Rags’ as pollen parent, we have some exceptionally bright, brassy
kids that beg introduction in the future.
Whether used as striking landscaping plant or as a
parent for hybridizing, ‘Refiner’s Fire’ is
meritorious. We recommend it
without hesitation. It is not
in tissue culture and we have no plans to go that
route, nor has it been guested.
We offer double eye plants. And our guarantee remains: Grow the plant on for two
seasons. If at the end of the
second season you are not entirely satisfied with its performance, we will
be glad to buy it back from you and pay for shipping as well.
$100.00 (NET--not subject to discount)
Previous Introductions are listed in
Our Hosta introduction, 'ALLITERATION',
bears a literary name meaning the “repetition of consonant
sounds”. In the case or our hosta, however,
it has nothing to do with sounds, but much to do with the unique expression
of its double parent, 'Cynthia' (Tompkins).
is unique among its peers with wild splashing, mottling, streaking. Our
cross of 'Cynthia' to 'Invocation' produced an even wilder child in
'Alliteration'. Every leaf is a different
expression-splashed/mottled/streaked/hazed/checkerboard/ghostly pale. And
whereas 'Cynthia' will sometimes revert to straight green (still a nice hosta), its child has been entirely stable here for
The expression becomes more muted as summer passes, but is still apparent. Growth rate is strong and
leaf substance is heavy, with pebbled surface at maturity. As a parent,
this 'Cynthia' kid has produced some promising offspring which we are
evaluating for future introduction. Best expression here is with a more shady setting-for contrast. Mature size: 40" spread
with rounded mound. Leaves: approx. 7" x 10".
$50.00(NET--not subject to discount)
(Sun Power X
Some hostas exhibit a bold, demanding attitude
in the garden, while others make their presence known in a more alluring,
stately manner, requiring no fanfare. Such is the case with 'Benediction.'
As a matter of etymology, the Latin meaning of the word
"benediction" is literally the "good word," which we
feel aptly fits.
This shimmering gold ultimately forms
a symmetrical, stately clump about 4' across and 22" high, while the
leaf placement displays a pleasing, embricated
effect. The leaves themselves are extremely uniform in size and shape. Distinctly
ventricular with pronounced, impressed veining, the foliage has precisely
cut, clean edging.
As our picture indicates, a mature clump
develops the same sort of precise puckering between veins. Chameleon-like,
'Benediction' emerges a pure golden chartreuse and then assumes its early
summer metamorphosis, becoming a softly shimmering gold. Of added interest,
a mature clump will occasionally exhibit leaves with dark green
flares/streaks. Perhaps due to this tendency we already have at least one
sport which we have identified for future introduction, as well as others
we are evaluating.
Everything about 'Benediction' is
pleasing--clean, precise, uniform and stately with alluring, beckoning
color quality for those shady, darker corners, or along a path to be viewed
in evening light. While beautiful at any time of day, we are especially
drawn to its softly shimmering presence as light fades, incanting the
perfect benediction to a summer's day.
$40.00(NET--not subject to discount)
(Sun Power X
Hosta 'Cair Paravel'
It is no secret to our hostaphile
friends that we like golds and have made a great many crosses to produce quality
hostas in this color line. We have been especially happy with former large
type introductions like 'Streets of Gold' and 'Benediction.' Waiting in the
wings are several others that are both stately and lovely. One of the best
of these is our introduction of 'Cair Paravel.'
If you are wondering about the name, it stems from the Chronicles Of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, one of our favorite authors.
Forming a large clump with a spreading
habit, this cultivar will obtain a width of about 40". Individual
leaves are in the area of 12" x 6". In
essence, C.P. combines the best of both parents: large clump, rapid growth
rate, and distinctive presentation. Strong in CYNTHIA'S genetics is the
ability to produce beautifully wavy leaf edges. Additionally, the CYNTHIA line
tends to be quite sun tolerant. Both these virtues are exemplified in 'Cair Paravel.'
As the photo indicates, this wavy leaf
edge is dominant. Several of the sibs showed this strength, but C.P.
was the very best of them. The color is a different sort of gold than we
have ever seen before. Not a yellow gold, and not a chartreuse-gold
either. Rather than trying to find the right words for it, let the picture
act as an explanation. Depending on the season, there
is often a marbling effect, and if one looks closely, a muted cream-green
This is a gold with character and plan to
have double fan plants available for spring shipment. As with all our own
introductions, we guarantee your satisfaction. You will like 'Cair Paravel’: An elegant name for an elegant hosta.
$35.00(NET--not subject to discount)
If you are looking for a specimen plant that
is both unique and lovely--one that stands out from the crowd--we offer
'Extrovert' for your consideration. Yes, this is a green hosta, but not just "another" green hosta. This one is distinctive. Sizewise,
our oldest clump is about 3-4' across, forming a distinct, rounded mound
about 22" high. Well grown, this a hosta
with generous dimples and puckering. Admittedly, plenty of green
hostas match this description so far, BUT this one is unique in that
the beautifully dimpled leaves are convex in nature, as though you
pulled the edges down and pushed the centers up. The color of the very
rounded, heavy substanced leaves is difficult
to describe--rather a steely-green hue with a satiny finish.
Both the individual leaves and the
clump as a whole are distinctive and most
pleasing. Garden visitors have always commented on 'Extrovert' as it does
stand out from the crowd. A mature clump is individualistic and has true
impact. Even a young plant has good eye appeal. We grow about 600 varieties
of hostas here and there is really nothing that we have found to compare
As a parent, this one is producing offspring
with very intense puckering and the same "extroverted"
effect. We hope to introduce
one such “kid” as soon as we have sufficient stock. If you are looking for a potent
parent for the qualities above, we readily recommend this extroverted lady.
None available for 2022
Tree Gala’ x ‘Donahue’s Piecrust’)
Hosta 'Fame Game'
Streaked hostas are generally valued for
their breeding ability: i.e. to produce variegated
offspring. And in this regard ‘Fame Game’ has more than proven
its value. Highly fertile, this hosta can be
counted on to produce a large number of variegated
kids. We have selfed it, used it with golds, blues and other predictably notable parents, like
‘Cynthia’. From the dozens of variegated offspring, we have
several which are promising—especially some rugose golds with white
The problem with most streaked hostas is
that they are highly unstable and quickly revert to a solid form. With
‘Fame Game’, however, we have seen much greater stability than
any other streaked parent we have As with all
streaked hostas, it is best to divide them on occasion to preserve
Settled 4-year clumps here are about
30” across, with a pleasing mound habit. Stemming from the
‘C.T.G.’ parentage, mature leaves can become quite rugose. The
basic color is a blue-infused dark green; superimposed on this background
one will find streaks and often large swaths of yellow, cream, white.
Individual leaves are ovate in form, but becoming
more rounded with maturity.
None available for 2022.
('Sheer Bliss' X 'Blue Ox')
Hosta 'Glad Rags'
The web site pictures give at least a
partial idea of the positives of 'Glad Rags.' A well established clump will measure about
20" across and 14" tall, with a somewhat vaselike form,
especially on younger plants. Leaves are semi-cupped, about 4" x
6" and crinkled with age. Substance is very heavy. Consequently, 'Glad
Rags' takes a good deal of sun here without complaint.
Leaves emerge chartreuse, then
quickly turn color. Shade produces a chartreuse-gold border; semi-shade
produces a clean, bright gold border; stronger sun ultimately transitions
chartreuse to gold to ivory. The gold borders are extra wide, encasing
an irregular swath of green center. The pattern is repeated on every leaf;
yet no two leaves are exactly the same. Even a
young plant is singular. An established clump is stunning.
For more pictures, do a Google Image search
where you will find dozens to view.
Yes, GLAD RAGS has been tissue cultured (without our
permission). No, none of our
stock of G.R. or any other hosta introductions is
ever tissue cultured by us.
You can certainly find G.R. available from
several sources after the Dutch and one US tc lab
did mass tc production on it, and you can find it
for less than our price. Our stock is not tc’d,
and rather than receiving a tiny tc, you will
receive a mature single made from divisions of 4-year-old clumps.
We should have a limited supply of nice
Price: $50.00 (singles) Very Limited
(‘Cynthia x Piedmont
Our earlier introduction of INVOCATION has
proven increasingly popular. Thankfully
it is a good grower, so we have a fair amount of stock available. Properly
sited, as the season progresses the chartreuse centers turn yellow, then
gold, then a brassy gold, while the borders turn from light cream to pure
Having tested this hosta
for the last several years, we find it to be entirely stable in expression
and form. Like its parents, ‘Invocation’ attains a spread of
about 40”. Individual leaves at maturity are about 11” by
7”. It is a good grower, forming a striking clump in just a couple
seasons, but even as a yearling it provides a focal point.
The longer we grow ‘Invocation’
the more we enjoy it. Response
from others who now grow it in their gardens has been very positive.
We find best expression in a site with early
morning sun and dappled shade thereafter.
Invocation makes a fine contrasting
statement when planted as a neighbor to a hosta
or good blue tones.
An exceptionally nice hosta!
$40.00(NET--not subject to discount)
We have grown on thousands of seedlings,
looking for some top quality blues. In this one we
feel that several criteria all came together: Deep, silvery-blue color,
heavy substance, rugose leaf, pleasing mound shape and good growth rate.
Growing in full sun in the field, the original seedling clump was 5 1/2'
across. Individual leaves are about 8"x10", with beautiful
puckering at maturity. Of very heavy substance, the leaves pucker
distinctively with age and develop a rather undulating edge. Furthermore,
this hosta exhibits good slug resistence.
We have found its best color is developed
when given some good morning sun. Its silvery patina lasts much longer than
on most other blues. Strong, husky divisions. As a parent, 'Jotunheim' is
producing large offspring with beautiful color, heavy substance
and beautifully dimpled leaves. Increasingly popular.
Price: $50.00 (NET--not subject to
discount) Very Limited
(from seedling lines)
Hosta 'Jurassic Park'
Finding just the "right" name for
this hosta proved difficult. Words like
"large" just don't work here. This "animal" has garden
names like "The Thing That Ate Chicago", "Bouncing
Betty", "Bods Ominous" and "Man Eater"! To this
beast we attribute the loss of 3 shovels, a John Deere riding mower, 2
garden tillers, 3 cats, 6 raccoons, a Guernsey cow and 2 little old ladies
on a garden visit. Hence we give it wide berth
when working close to it. It has been recommended that we spray it with
Roundup once or twice a year just to keep it from hurting anyone.
From the fore-going chicanery you may assume
that "Jurassic Park" is HUGE when established, as well as
vigorous in growth. Our original clump measures about 8 1/2' across and has
stretched as much as 9’ when rainfall has been ample—and that
without any fertilizer application. Leaves on well
tended clumps can be up to 16" x 14". Of Sieboldiana background, this introduction has
very heavy substanced green leaves which exhibit
heavy tucks and puckers at maturity.
It does well for us with strong
morning sun and filtered shade thereafter. Very impressive through
mid-season even in full sun. Due to its heavy substance, slugs have never
been a problem--basically because it eats them! Give this one lots
of space, space, space. It will "grow" on you... (And in answer to some questions,
the stock we have to offer is NOT tissue cultured.) We have large size
Price: $35.00 (NET--not subject to
Large 2-3 eye field grown
plants--NOT tissue cultures
Several years ago
we found this unique sport in a field row of ‘Whirlwind’. The
word “unique” applies readily to this hosta.
As the picture on the front of the catalog indicates, the shiny, waxy
textured leaves have a totally unruly expression, twisting this way and
that. Petioles are short, so the clump maintains a “tight”
appearance with a compact, mounded form.
A well grown clump with reach about
14” across and 8” tall. Leaf substance is heavy with a
plastic-like feel and strong sheen. Leaf tips invariably twist to the side,
often tucking under and then turning up again. Centers of leaves are swaths
of cleanest white, making a strong contrast with the dark green
We have tested ‘Mister Twister’
in both strong sun and deep shade. It seems to do well in either, but best
color is with dappled shade. M.T. grows readily, quickly forming a nice
clump. We recommend it without hesitation! Double eye plants available.
None available in 2022
Choosing the “right” name for hosta registration and introductions is always a challenge.
Whatever the moniker, it needs to “fit”. While watching the
Packers play this evening, everything (except a win) came together. The
Pack colors of green and bright gold are just those of this year’s
From its parent ‘Packer Backer’
inherited heavy leaf substance and a very pebbled expression at maturity.
The leaf center is dark green. The 1” margins start the season with a
golden-chartreuse expression, but change quickly
to an INTENSE GOLD which holds through high summer, slowly taking a cream
yellow expression in late season. It has proven to be the most intense gold
bordered hosta we grow. The cover picture was
taken at the cream state in late August.
The expression is very contrasty. Variegation
has been totally stable. Semi-mounded expression, spreading to about
38”; leaves about 7” by 10”.
To be anything other than a Packer backer in
Wis. is to flirt with danger, but even if you are a Bears, Vikings, Lions
or Patriots backer, we trust you will be a fan of ‘PACKER
BACKER’. (Best given some morning sun.)
$50.00 (NET--not subject to discount)
(kikutii x ‘Halcyon’)
Forming a semi-vaselike clump ultimately
about 30” in diameter, PLEASURE SEEKER has a “finished”
appearance even on a first year clump. The leaves
are broadly lanceolate with a gentle arching effect. Color expression is
steely blue with a strong patina. Once settled in, the leaves acquire a
broadly undulating edge and a distinct “twist” at the leaf tip.
One of the most distinctive matters about P.S. is its metallic patina,
which persists from early through late season on the heavy substanced leaves.
Since ‘PLEASURE SEEKER’ is a
very strong grower, it can and should be placed in a shadier section of
the planting to preserve its best expression. It multiplies rapidly,
quickly forming a distinctive clump.
Some hostas are a hot splash in the pan.
P.S., on the other hand is distinctively serene, with a glowing finish
which persists throughout the season. A true specimen. The low price
reflects our supply, not the quality of the plant. Double eye divisions.
$30.00 (NET—not subject to discount)
(Sport of 'Piedmont Gold')
A few seasons ago we observed an entire
clump of 'Piedmont Gold' turn into a beautiful sport, the likes of which we
had not seen before. 'Shadowfax', as we came to
call this sport, is a melody of soft, creamy hues. In early spring the
centers of the leaves are a smooth chartreuse, while the wide borders are a
muted, golden cream. As the season progresses, the centers become a smooth,
creamy gold and the borders turn to a soft ivory hue. Whether early, mid or late season, the colors are always soft and
serene. In size, it is equal to 'Piedmont Gold', but the leaves are more
distinctly rounded and puckered.
A mature clump stands about 22" tall
and spreads to about 4'. 'Shadowfax' seems to
perform best with good early morning light and dappled shade thereafter for
optimum color. This is one of those hostas which is totally unique in
expression. In fact, we had thought of calling it 'Chameleon' due to
its changing nature. Its soft, glowing hues always entice visitors for a
closer look. Distinctive and lovely.
For best color expression, give early morning light and high shade
None available for 2022
'Streets of Gold'
(Blue Mammoth X Golden
Hosta 'Streets of Gold'
Some years ago we
made several crosses of Tokudama type golds onto
large Sieboldiana type blues. Several interesting
golds emerged, but one of the nicest was this seedling from Blue Mammoth X
From its juvenile stage onward, 'Streets Of Gold' exhibited certain characteristics which only
strengthened with age:
very round, gold leaves,
pleasing, rounded, mound-shaped clump.
The individual leaves on established plants
are about 8"x10," while a mature clump well grown can reach 4
feet across. The Tokudama type is strongly
evidenced with its heavy substanced, round,
puckered leaves, and the Sieboldiana heritage
expresses itself in the size of leaf and clump.
Like most golds, 'Streets Of
Gold' emerges golden chartreuse, then quickly changing to an INTENSE
GOLD which holds its color throughout the season. We suggest placing it
in strong early morning light, followed by some dappled shade thereafter
for best color.
A potent pollen parent for hybridizing. Sets
seed with perseverance.
$50.00 (NET—not subject to discount)
'Summa Cum Laude'
(Sport of 'Sum and Substance')
Hosta 'Summa Cum
Through the years we have been blessed with
at least six variegated sports of ‘Sum And
Substance’. All have been very nice, but much like other registered
sports already available. However, observing this sport for the last years
we have found it distinctively unique: The base color is typical S&S,
but edged in a very regular cream-yellow edge of about 3/4”.
Beyond this the presentation is unlike the
other S&S sports we have seen. 1. SCL has a very distinct, controlled,
mounded clump form. 2. Leaf shape is round and usually somewhat convex,
even on an established clump. 3. While most S&S sports emerge
chartreuse and then gradually express a colored edge, SCL expresses the
gold edge immediately.
Established clumps here measure about
40” across with a distinct mounded effect. Mature leaf measurement
here is about 8” x 11”. We can recommend ‘SUMMA
CUM LAUDE’ without hesitation. A good grower and very well behaved,
it makes a fine garden specimen. Several large singles available.
$50.00 (NET--not subject to discount)
Hosta 'Tiffany Tune'
This glowing hosta
is a melody of fine qualities: Color, sheen, form
and grace. Emerging midspring in glowing, creamy, chartreuse hues, the
color changes gradually through the course of the season to that of a
burnished golden chartreuse. One of its most appealing assets is the
glowing sheen evidenced throughout the season. It reminds us of the
beautiful tiffany finish of fine porcelain. Ultimately attaining a
pleasing, semi-pendent mound of about 22" across and 16" high.
Petioles have a distinctive pink midrib. The
form is another matter which is pleasing to the eye. The elongated,
semi-lanceolate leaves with their softly rounded ends rise from the center
of the clump and then, ever so gracefully, arch gently downward. As with
most hostas of this color, it is at its best given early morning sun,
followed by dappled, high shade.
A mature clump is a matter of distinctive
grace and elegance. Very well received last year. For the hybridizer,
'Tiffany Tune' produces a high percentage of golds in a variety of
hues. A great companion for
ferns and woodland plants
Price: $35.00 (NET--not subject to
'Wings To Fly'
Gold’ x Unnamed Tompkins’ Seedling)
Hosta 'Wings To Fly'
Pictured here you will find our ‘Wings
To Fly’ hosta
introduction for this season. Selected from several medium/small yellow
seedlings well over 10 years ago, this one always caught our eye for
1. Its striking, clean,
creamy gold spring expression,
2. Undulating leaf form and
3. Vigorous growth,
4. Bloom expression.
Furthermore, its name fits the fact that on
young clumps in particular ‘Wings To
Fly’ often sports large vestigial leaves held at right angles to the
stem—as though ready to take flight.
The color hue is a perfect contrast for
powdery blues. Established clump size is about 20” by 12”.
Leaves approximately 6” by 2.5”. Best with some morning light
and high shade thereafter. Pod fertile and prepotent for smaller
A personal favorite in this color range and
$35.00(NET--not subject to discount)