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.
2010 Hosta of the Year
Color - Variegated
Size - Medium (15"ht x 36"w)
Habit - Mounding
Bloom - Lavender
Parent - TC sport of ‘Halcyon’
Blue center in spring, gradually turning dark green with a 1/4" to 1/2" wide margin creamy yellow in spring, turning creamy white by midsummer. Good substance. Very pale lavender flowers from late July into mid-August.
Photo courtesy of AHGA member Shady Oaks Nursery, LLC