American Hosta Growers Association
2004 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. 

2004 Hosta of the Year 
'Sum and Substance'
(Aden 1980)

Color - Gold
Size - Giant (31"ht x 70"w)
Habit - Mounding
Bloom - Lavender

Parent - unknown
One of the largest of all hosta cultivars. Immense, glossy textured, light green to chartreuse to gold leaves with lavender flowers in August. A unique specimen plant with thick substance that brightens the shady garden. Slug resistant. 
Photo courtesy of AHGA member Shady Oaks Nursery, LLC