Hosta 'Valentine Lace'
mid to late summer
(w x h cm)
(1 litre pot)
Hostas are normally grown for their foliage, and cultivars have been produced with an astonishing variety of leaf shape, colour and size. Most of broad, rounded leaves with a pointed tip, and these may be blue-grey, green, yellow or cream, and striped in any number of ways with any of the other colours. Most have leaves 20 to30 cm long, but there are lovely miniatures, and a few bigger ones. Relatively tall stems carry the tubular flowers, which are almost invariably white or pale purply blue, and rarely add much to the attractiveness of the plants. In autumn they die down, so the leaves are easily cleared away, ready to emerge in spring.
Hosta 'Valentine Lace' has heart-shaped, blue-grey leaves, which are deeply veined and have wavy edges. It is more compact the Hosta sieboldii var. elegans, which is probably the most regularly available blue-grey variety.
Other related plants:
Bold, large, shield-shaped leaves with creamy white margins.
Compact, with apple-green foliage and spikes of lilac flowers in summer.
Neat Hosta with white flowers and heart-shaped leaves.
Lime green leaves with deep green edges; dwarf.
Striking pale creamy lime green leaves.
Lilac flower spikes over cream-slashed leaves.
Puckered, grey-green leaves suffused with a darker, metallic colour.
Excellent dwarf variety with narrow, lance-shaped leaves with white margins.
Dwarf plants with narrow, lance-shaped leaves with white margins.
Compact variety with heart-shaped leaves; pale lavender flowers in summer.
Hosta with heart-shaped, bright grey-blue leaves.
Clump forming with strong blue green leaves and spikes of pale lilac flowers.
Compact plant with narrow, white-edged leaves and purple flowers.
Hosta with heart- shaped, very puckered and thick glaucous deep blue foliage.
Hosta that has leaves with a very narrow white strip along the edge.
Compact, with small, tapered green leaves and lilac flowers.
Mid green leaves with broad margins of creamy white.
Unusual, with folded dark green, gold-margined leaves.
Cream-coloured leaves with irregular green margins, bearing lilac flowers.
Blue-grey, glaucous, heavily puckered leaves; spikes of pale lilac flowers.
Compact variety with, thin ripple-edged cream and green leaves; purple flowers.
Lime green leaves edged with darker green; dwarf.
Patterned foliage with cream centres and green edges.
Dwarf variety with golden green leaves and dark lavender to purple flowers.
Large, rounded, brilliant gold leaves makes this hosta stand out.