American Hosta Growers Association
2000 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. 

2000 Hosta of the Year 
(Watanabe 1996)

Color - Variegated
Size - Giant (31"ht x 70"w)
Habit - Upright
Bloom - Lavender

Parent - sport of fluctuans
Dramatic color combination and majestic form. Large dark green leaves with margins that change from gold to creamy yellow or white by mid-summer. Pale lavender flowers in mid-summer. Good slug resistance. 
Photo courtesy of AHGA member Shady Oaks Nursery, LLC