American Hosta Growers Association
2013 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. 

2013 Hosta of the Year
'Rainforest Sunrise'
(Winterberry Farms/Anderson 2003)

Color - Medio-variegated
Size - Small (10"ht x 25"w)
Habit - Mounding
Bloom - Lavender

Parent - sport of ‘Maui Buttercups’
Gold leaves are margined with a nice dark green margin. Nicely corrugated even at a young age, the glossy cupped leaves also have thick substance. Pale lavender flowers in early summer. 
Photo courtesy of AHGA member Made in the Shade Gardens