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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Beauty of Mini Hostas






Mini hostas, whether they're the adorable mouse ear types or the dainty leafed varieties, they always get noticed.   Minis are well suited for any type of mini to small garden, be it rock garden, fairy garden or mini garden collections.


Hostas are categorized by their height as follows:


Miniature       Less than 8" tall

Small             9" - 14" tall

Medium         15" - 22" tall

Large             23" - 29"

Very Large     30" +



Mighty Mouse hosta in mini purple watering can

Mighty Mouse Hosta


Miniature hostas come in the same variety of colors, blooms and leaf shapes as the larger hostas do. Some are sun tolerant; some slug resistant. Besides being darn cute, there are many benefits to adding mini and small hostas to your garden scheme.



Here's a few:


  • They don't take up much space. Easy to fit into even the busiest of garden schemes.
  • They don't require the extensive planning for placement that larger hostas do.
  • They don't need frequent dividing like the large ones. Most of the mini and small hostas can be easily divided once dug up with a slight tug of the roots.
  • They grow slowly, so you can keep them in the same spot over several years. 
  • They can be easily raised to eye level for a cute, eye-catching focal point.
  • You can tuck a bunch of minis under a specimen plant for a great underpinning.
  • They're ideally suited for containers be that terra cotta planters, hypertufa planters or strawberry pots to name a few.
  • They're fun. You can create mini landscapes in just about any type of container.









Here at Sunset Hosta Farm, we grow and sell a number of mini hostas that we feel are the best. 




Blue Mouse Ears Hosta in hypertufa container

Blue Mouse Ears Hosta


Mature Size: Mini Height 8” Width up to 19”

2008 Hosta of the Year for good reason! The medium blue/green mouse ear shape of the leaves is nothing short of adorable! Outstanding lavender to white lily like flowers atop graceful stalks. Also slug resistant. A must-have for any mini hosta garden.





Green Mouse Ears Hosta in Pot

Green Mouse Ears Hosta


Mature Size:   Mini   Height: 8"    Width up to 19"Green Mouse Ears is a cute little sport of 'Blue Mouse Ears'. Green Mouse Ears forms a mound of medium to dark green cupped leaves of good substance. Pale purple flowers rise above the upright leaves in the summer. Also slug resistant. Very cute!




Mighty Mouse Hosta

Mighty Mouse Hosta

Mature Size:   Mini     Height: 8"   Width up to 19"A sport of H 'Blue Mouse Ears', this charmer boasts thick round variegated leaves with a creamy margin. It will attract hummingbirds in late spring with its short spikes of dark lavender flowers. Cute! A must-have for any mouse ear collector.

Mature Size:   Mini     Height: 7"  Width up to 15"

Hush Puppie is the perfect border or edging plant because of its vigorous growth rate and smaller size. It has cute twisted dark green leaves with white creamy edges. It blooms purple in early summer. Great for fairy gardens, rock gardens and troughs and especially cute when planted en masse.



 
Limey Lisa Hosta leaf

Limey Lisa Hosta



Mature Size:   Mini     Height: 6"   Width up to 15"
This cute small hosta sports chartreuse lime leaves shaped like an apple. It has long petioles that emerge gold and fade to lime. A pretty lavender bloom in early summer which contrasts nicely with the foliage. The yellow color will last longer if sited in bright morning sun. Great specimen for fairy gardens, rock gardens and small containers and troughs.



  



Some great hostas in the small category are:


  
Friends Hosta

Friends Hosta


Mature Size:  Small    Height: 9"  Width up to 24"Friends grows into a small mound of rippled gold foliage. The tips of the leaves are slightly twisted. The leaves will brighten to a yellow by mid summer. It's a reliable, fast grower. Displays lavender to white throats in late summer. Looks great in groups and in the front of a hosta bed. Small and very cute.



 
Rain Forest Sunrise Hosta

Rain Forest Sunrise Hosta


Mature Size:   Small  Height: 10" Width up to 35"

This sport of H 'Maui Buttercups' emerges with light green leaves that quickly develop dark green margins. The leaves are cupped and puckered with great substance. It was awarded the 2013 Hosta of the Year for good reason. Pictures don’t do this hosta justice.



 
Saint Elmo's Fire Hosta

Saint Elmo's Fire Hosta



Mature Size:   Small   Height: 10" Width to 30"A sport of H 'Sea Fire', Saint Elmo's Fire is a true beauty that is noted for its showy yellow leaves. As the season progresses, the leaves turn light green with pretty white margins. A very attractive bi-colored foliage display. It's a stunner!



 
Teaspoon Hosta

Teaspoon Hosta



Mature Size:   Small   Height: 11"  Width to 24"
Teaspoon is an excellent choice to show off in the front of a shady garden. The leaves are medium green, slightly corrugated and form a dense mound of cupped, upward facing foliage. Pale lavender flowers show up in summer. A very pretty small green hosta that is sun tolerant.



 
Amber Tiara Hosta

Amber Tiara Hosta



Mature Size:   Small   Height: 12"   Width to 20"
Amber Tiara has thick chartreuse oval-shaped leaves with a blunt tip. It forms an attractive dense mound. The flowers are light purple on 22” scapes in late summer. Give this Tiara more sun for its best color.



 
Platinum Tiara Hosta

Platinum Tiara Hosta


Mature Size: Small   Height 12"   Width to 30"Platinum Tiara Hosta is a white margined sport of H ‘Golden Scepter’. The small, roundish leaf is a pale green gold with a white edge and some light streaking throughout. This is a tremendous grower and looks great en mass.  A real charmer and a Sunset Hosta Farm favorite.



  



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No matter how you use them, these popular mini and small hostas will give you many years of garden pleasure!




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