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Hosta of the Year

Hostas are great for shade and low maintenance gardens. But with hundreds of choices it can be a bit overwhelming. So the American Hosta Growers Association has stepped in to help.

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Hosta of the Year 2012Each year the Hosta Growers select an outstanding hosta suited to gardens in a wide range of growing regions, ones that are widely available and affordable. This year’s winner is Liberty.

This hosta can grow up to 39 inches tall and wide. The thick dark green leaves have a wide yellow edge that changes to cream in summer. The variegation helps brighten the shade and the lavender flowers appear in mid-summer to attract hummingbirds.

Use hostas in containers or shade gardens with other shade loving plants. Combine Liberty with creamy and yellow flowered plants that echo the creamy variegation. Soften the look and feel of the hosta garden with some fine textured ferns and sedges. Or combine with a lower growing groundcover like golden moneywort.

A bit more information: Use Liberty as your start to a patriotic hosta garden. Include others like Revolution, Patriot, Minuteman, Pilgrim, Loyalist, Dawn’s Early Light, Fireworks, American Dream and American Hero. Twenty five cents for each American Hero hosta sold will be donated to Project Evergreen’s Green Care for Troops.

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