American Hosta Growers Association
1996 Hosta of the Year

With the increasing number of hosta cultivars being introduced each year it is increasingly difficult for nursery owners and gardeners to choose just the right hostas for their sales areas and gardens. To this end 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 a regions of the country, are widely available and in sufficient supply and retail for about $15.00 in the year of selection. 

1996 Hosta of the Year 
'So Sweet'
(Aden 1986)

Color - Variegated
Size - Medium (22"ht x 50"w)
Habit - Mounding
Bloom - Lavender

Parent - ‘Fragrant Bouquet’ x a seedling
Glossy deep green leaves with wide creamy yellow margins changing to white by mid-summer. Large numbers of very fragrant pale lavender flowers in August. Incredible growth rate and sun tolerance.
Photo courtesy of AHGA member Shady Oaks Nursery, LLC