Gardening Articles: Flowers :: Perennials
Hosta of the Year
by Charlie Nardozzi
American Hosta Growers Association has selected Earth Angel as the Hosta of the Year for 2009. Earth Angel is one of the largest variegated hosta varieties available. Hardy in USDA zones 2 to 8, this variety has heart-shaped, 12-inch-wide, blue-green leaves with a wide yellow border that turns white by midsummer. Earth Angel grows well in full sun or part shade and forms a 4-foot-wide, mounded specimen. The leaves are thick and leathery, making them less appealing to slugs. It also produces pale lavender flowers in July.
With the large number of hosta varieties on the market, in 1996 the American Hosta Growers Association decided to create the Hosta of the Year award. Each year they select an outstanding variety to be featured on their Web site and in the trade. Earth Angel is widely adapted and available and has outstanding growth and flowering characteristics.
For more information on the Earth Angel and the Hosta of the Year from past years, go to: American Hosta Growers Association.