Hosta ‘Branching Out’ – a breeding breakthrough

One of the most rewarding parts of our work is being able to introduce a plant we’ve taken from idea (branched flower scapes) to reality. We are finally able to share our latest creation this week with the introduction of … Continue reading

Hosta parentage

Thanks for the great feedback on the hosta image.  Since most folks don’t have experience in plant breeding, we thought it might be interesting to share the crosses and parents involved to get to this point.  Our Hosta is PDN#10-004 … Continue reading

Hostas emerging

Here are a couple of hosta photos from the garden this weekend.  Above is one of my favorite early spring emergers…Hosta ‘Designer Genes’.   It truly glows in the gardens, contrasting nicely with the burgundy bases.   This is our … Continue reading

New hostas for 2016

    We are pleased to introduce two new miniature hostas from our own breeding program for 2016.  Many years ago, we began work to create miniature hostas with good vigor and good multiplication rates.  The first few years resulted … Continue reading

Hosta ‘Sugar and Spice’

We’ve been enjoying the late-flowering hostas over the last few weeks, with many just beginning.  One of our favorites is Hosta ‘Sugar and Spice’…a stunning sport of Hosta ‘Invincible’ with fragrant flowers and variegated foliage.  We put this as one … Continue reading

Hosta ‘Pocketful of Sunshine’

One of our favorite new hostas is Hosta ‘Pocketful of Sunshine’.  The longer we grow it, the better we like it…here’s a new photo.  It originated as a sport, originally from Hosta ‘Maui Buttercups’.  Hosta ‘Pocketful of Sunshine’ has very … Continue reading

A few favorite hostas – new photos

I’ve got hostas on the brain today, since in a few hours, we’ll soon be hosting 420 hosta friends for an intimate dinner, as part of the 2015 American Hosta Society National Convention. I’m also just back from a road … Continue reading

Hostas looking good in the garden

Here are some new hosta images from the garden, starting with the miniature Hosta ‘Church Mouse’…very cool ruffled edges. Here is Hosta ‘Rainbow’s End’…a stunning favorite that just glows. Another superb small hosta, Hosta ‘Virginia Reel’. Love this plant Here’s … Continue reading