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.
2014 Hosta of the Year
'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'
(Walden West 1989)
Color - Blue
Size - Medium (22"ht x 46"w)
Habit - Mounding
Bloom - White
Parent - ‘Tokudama’ x sieboldiana
Dark blue-green seersuckered leaves with heavy substance. Probably the most deeply cupped foliage of any hosta cultivar makes for a distinct and unique specimen. Near white flowers in mid-summer.
Photo courtesy of AHGA member Made in the Shade Gardens