‘Woodland Elf’  grows quickly to form a compact mound 5″ high and 15” wide at maturity. An off shoot of ‘Blue Mouse Ears’, it has the same round, thick, rubbery leaves 2 3/4″ long and 2 1/2″ wide but with rippled and frilled margins. There will be hand-carved, antique, solid stone troughs for sale on Saturday at the open house for you to use to create you own containers filled with a colorful collection of minis and companions. You may need to take measures to keep them from these magnificent shade plants. Customers on our list have gotten an email with all the details. All available from greenmountainhosta.com. A small trough with a selection of rock garden plants and featuring ‘Pandora’s Box’ hosta (lower left corner) wintered over perfectly on the wall by my front steps. It features the bright gold of ‘Appletini’ and ‘Cracker Crumbs’ mini hostas, among others, and ‘Purple Form’ and ‘Tricolor’ sedum along with European ginger, which adds great shiny, round texture. In I LOVE Mice, I raved about the mouse ears series of hostas. I store the large containers in place and move the small ones to a protected area and cover them with pine needles. Flower: Very Pale Lavender. Its shiny dark green leaves with a narrow yellow to creamy white margin are 5 1/2″ long and 1 1/2″ wide. ‘Thumbelina’  departs from the usual color scheme to give us a very cute bright green and gold mini with wavy, heart-shaped leaves and a wide yellow margin . It was just a matter of time before someone selected a gold-leafed mouse ears hosta, and ‘Sunny Mouse Ears’  is it. Clump spread is irrelevant. I, Delaware Valley Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society, New Miniature and Small Hostas for 2014, Part 2, 2015 Miniature Hosta Mail Order Catalogue, Your Native Woodland: If You Build It They Will Come, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, ME, Ferns for American Gardens by John Mickel, Snowdrops by Matt Bishop, Aaron Davis, & John Grimshaw, The Gardener's Guide to Growing Hellebores by Graham Rice and Elizabeth Strangman. I have a special rock garden just for my minis—don’t miss it when you visit next. I leave all these pots outside all winter. When my husband saw my post and my list, he commented that there was a lesson to be learned from it: if you see a hosta you like, buy it because it probably won’t be available next year. Available at CSG. However, the real minis look best when they are specially displayed in an area of the garden set aside for them with suitable sized companion plants like smaller epimediums, dwarf ferns, sedums, hens and chicks, or dwarf Solomon’s seal. Its lance-shaped leaves are medium green with a wide, bright white margin that extends down the leaf stalk, and 6″ long and 2″ wide. Mix well with ferns, coral bells, pasque flowers and many more. the trip - made our wish list for this seasons order! My youngest son crafted this “container” for me for Mother’s Day. Part-shade. Blue Angel ‘Mouse Cheese’ forms a slightly larger mound 4″ tall and 12″ wide. 1. Hosta. Stained Glass. Those are the basics: now it is up to you to fill the pots. ‘Kiwi Golden Thimble’ is my most popular new mini hosta. Sounds like a teenager, but it’s a Dwarf Scotch Pine. How to plant is easy but there are a key factors to keep in mind; So, this is year 12 that I am ordering from you. The only plants that we ship are snowdrops and miniature hostas. Making it popular among both landscapers and gardeners alike. I can not wait for this season to start. Current catalogues are under Pages below. Hostas available on-site or by mail-order. You can look at my Facebook page here or click the Like button on my right sidebar here. Limited time special, (click pictures to see more)Height in inches  Miniature < 6″  Small 7″ – 10″ Medium 11″ – 18″  Large 18″ – 28″  Giant > 29″. We have used everything from the toolbox above to the oil can below. Subscribing to my blog does not sign you up to receive this information. Since then some new mice have arrived on the seen, and I want to introduce them to you. Its leaves are pale yellow with a narrow green margin and 3″ long and 1″ wide. Local customers are encouraged to pre-order. Subscribing to my blog does not sign you up to receive this information. Growing hostas can be very fulfilling to a gardener, as they are hardy, thrive in the shade, and need little fuss. To see the photos and descriptions, click. You can sign up to receive emails by sending your full name and phone number to carolynsshadegardens@verizon.net. ‘Alakazaam’ planted in the knot hole of a tree. Hydrangea Hydrangeas are beautiful, but they’re also 23. Since then some new mice have arrived on the seen, and I want to introduce them to you. If you would like to read more about little hostas, click on any of the following links: New Miniature and Small Hostas for 2014, Part 2, New Miniature and Small Hostas for 2014, Part 1. Blue Mouse Ears The almost completely round leaves are 2 3/4″ long and 2 1/2″ wide. Was so nice to meet you last summer. Now I want to profile some of the new little hostas available this year. Your gardens are well worth Take them as suggestions and be willing to move your plants around until you find their sweet spots. I hope you have enjoyed my little hosta roundup. We are working on helping you with next seasons garden desires. I have had this dish garden in full shade along my front steps for years. A layer of broken terra cotta in the bottom is even better. Close-up of the flower. A truly regal form of ‘Shining Tot’, its dark green parent. . My last post called New Mice for 2014 profiled the new additions to the adorable Mouse Ears Series of miniature hostas. ‘Ruffled Mouse Ears’ forms a mound 6″ high by 14″ wide and has the same desirable flowers. Clockwise from upper left: ‘Lemon Frost’, ‘Alakazaam’, ‘Baby Booties’, ‘Neutrino’, ‘Kiwi Golden Thimble’, ‘Curly Fries’, ‘Thumbelina’, and ‘Cherish’. An added benefit is that  hostas multiply more rapidly in containers: I have shown this photo of ‘Crumb Cake’ before, but it demonstrates how a single unusual plant in a container can be so pleasing. Facebook: Carolyn’s Shade Gardens has a Facebook Page where I post single photos, garden tips, and other information that doesn’t fit into a blog post. I learned that hostas did not come in just the five basic varieties but in an infinite number of combinations of colors, heights, widths, leaf shapes, flowers, and habits. We have hundreds of hosta varieties on sale. While Hostas in general grow well in the shade, this list is particularly good at surviving even in the deep shade parts of your garden. ‘Alakazaam’ has found a home in the chiseled out knot hole of a weathered sycamore branch. Click here to get to the home page of our website for catalogues and information about our nursery and to subscribe to our blog. With the latest issue of its journal, the American Hosta Society sent its members a form asking them to vote for their 10 favorite “regular” hostas and 5 favorite minis. My husband and I purchased our home in Bradford, Ontario, 18 years ago. Meanwhile, if you would like to read more about little hostas, click on any of the following links: Nursery Happenings: The 2015 Miniature Hosta Availability for mail order and pick up at the nursery is here. Hydrangea. Size: 5" H by 10" wide. A reverse sport of acclaimed Hosta ‘Patriot’, Hosta 'Fire and Ice' (Plantain Lily) is a clump-forming perennial forming an upright, compact mound of widely oval, lightly twisted, satiny, creamy-ivory to pure white leaves adorned with irregular dark green margins. Hosta gardens waiting at Carolyn’s Shade Gardens for a new home. Mini and Dwarf (less than 7 " tall) Dwarf, Miniature and Small hosta plants are valued for their use in containers or planted in the garden. Many of our hosta plants are marked down from 10% to 75%. ‘Mouse Cheese’ has the look of ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ with thick round leaves and lovely proportionate flowers but starts out chartreuse and turns more and more gold throughout the season. The leaf blade area, length x width, can be no greater than 6 square inches. The only plants that we mail order are snowdrops and miniature hostas and only within the US. Looks like the ubiquitous plain Jane hosta you can buy at … If you would like to read more about mouse ears hostas, click here for my post entitled I LOVE Mice. Jenny - Carlton Place, ON. ‘Regal Tot’ forms a neat and compact mound 5 ½” tall by 17” wide. The leaves twist for a unique overall look. ), you don’t need to go out and spend a fortune buying a fancy pot for your hostas. The American Hosta Society defines miniature hostas by their leaf size. In that post I talked about ‘Alakazaam’, ‘Baby Booties’, ‘Cherish’, and ‘Kiwi Golden Thimble’. The straight species Hosta tokudama has the bluest leaves of any hosta and lives in this terra cotta container on my porch. It is 8″ tall by 12″ wide, and its leaves are 2 1/2 ” long by 1 1/2″ wide. In my post Top 10 Favorite Larger Hostas,  I showed photos of some of my favorites. I have added a lot of new miniature and small hostas that are not mice to my offerings, and I want to profile a few of them here. This is a collection of flower, leaf, and plant photos The HostaLibrary is the largest and most comprehensive information resource for the Genus Hosta. Countless hosta varieties mean your shade garden never has to be dull. I have noticed that many of my customers go through these stages too. ‘Woodland Elf’ has a  beautiful upright habit and is great in troughs and excellent for edging. An evergreen shrub provides your garden with beautiful flowers throughout the year. Clockwise from upper left: small ‘Blonde Elf’  and miniatures ‘Little Wonder’, ‘Rock Princess’, and a hosta sold to me as ‘Little Blue’. Unlike most hostas, which age to green, it is chartreuse when it comes out and becomes more and more gold as the season progresses. Praying Hands We also have some combinations pre-selected if you can’t decide. The texture of Hosta ‘Church Mouse’ stands out in a mixed planting. ‘Mouse Cheese’ forms a slightly larger mound 4″ tall and 12″ wide. ‘Dragon Tails’ is one of my new favorites, and if you use your imagination you can see why it was named that. ‘Pixie Vamp’: This miniature has elegant mahogany-colored flower scapes that match this container. Purple Dwarf June 30, 2005. The only plants that we ship are snowdrops and miniature hostas. Close-up of the flower. All Content & Images Copyright © 2020 Gardens Plus. Today I'd like to introduce you to one such garden in Oakville, Ontario. They thrive in outdoor, shaded areas and can range in size from to tall, with leaves that range from smooth to wrinkled If you are looking for an easy-care perennial for the part shade that offers lots of choices in colours, heights, textures and sizes Hosta is a perfect choice. It has the same thick substance that repels slugs and the same enchanting, pixie-like pale purple flowers in July as the rest of the mouse ears clan. Paradise Joyce This tiny Mouse Ears hosta is named after Pearl Pureheart, Mighty Mouse’s cartoon girlfriend. Whether you use a smaller container with a single plant like ‘Twist of Lime’ above or a collection of plants like those featured in the toolbox at the top, there are some important rules to follow. Hostas are shade plants, right? It was designated the 2008 Hosta of the Year by the American Hosta Growers Association–a very high honor. Please indicate if you will be shopping at the nursery or are mail order only. $16.00. If you know hostas, you can probably guess fairly easily which varieties I had. Many of them are excellent plants for the front of the border or for edging paths. ‘Crumb Cake’ and all the other hostas pictured in containers in this post also do well in the ground–a requirement for inclusion at Carolyn’s Shade Gardens. Hosta 'Purple Dwarf' by Mctavish Jan 19, 2009 12:59 AM. ‘Twist of Lime’ (lower right) massed with (left to right) sweet violet (Viola odorata), red epimedium (Epimedium x rubrum), and ‘Fantasy Island’. The smooth leaves come out solid gold and gradually develop a distinct green edge over the course of at least a month—very fun. Hostas need even moisture, good soil, and root space. Available at CSG. ‘Baby Bunting’s’ leaves look huge here, but they are tiny, cute, and blue in my miniature hosta rock garden. I extolled the virtues of their round, rubbery slug-repelling leaves in beautiful colors, their symmetrical habit, and their lovely proportional flowers. An unusual new dwarf hosta. To see the photos and descriptions, click here. However, all the mouse ears cultivars are excellent plants with a very unique look. This container has been going strong for six years. ‘Twist of Lime’ in a flea market metal milk pitcher. At 2 3/4″long by 2 1/2″ wide, its leaves are larger and not as round, but they are  bright gold with the same thick texture as the other mice we have come to love. But have you ever thought of trying out a pint-size version of this greenery? If you are looking for an easy-care perennial for the part shade that offers lots of choices in colours, heights, textures and sizes Hosta is a perfect choice. I hope I have given you some good ideas for using miniature and small hostas in your garden. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for TINY HOSTA MIX Perennial Garden Shade Sun Small Dwarf, 15 Seeds at the best online prices at eBay! Four are available, first come, first served! Nursery Happenings: You can sign up to receive catalogues and emails about nursery events by sending your full name and phone number to carolynsshadegardens@verizon.net. Its leaves are 2 3/4″ long by 1 3/4″ wide topped by medium purple flowers in July. It has the same thick substance that repels slugs and adorable, well-proportioned lavender flowers in early summer. One reason I do it is to highlight a hosta’s very special ornamental attributes. It has tiny, perfectly round leaves 1 3/4″ long by 1 3/4″ wide. If you are local you should consider joining, click here. To see the photos and descriptions, click. The plant should be protected from cold wind. The other way to display miniature hostas is in a container. 136 County Road 4 (Donwood), Peterborough, ON K9L 1V6 (driveway marker #136) Hostas naturally die back with the arrival of cooler temperatures in the fall, so you could be seeing that. The flowers grow … profiled the new additions to the adorable Mouse Ears Series of miniature hostas. That’s what we do with all our containers at Carolyn’s Shade Gardens. Any old object collecting dust in your attic can be converted to a mini hosta container garden. ), contains the miniatures  (clockwise from upper left) ‘Cracker Crumbs’, ‘Shiny Penny’, and ‘Shining Tot’ with ‘Praying Hands’, sedum, hens and chicks, rosularia, and miniature dianthus. Making it popular among both landscapers and gardeners alike. The American Hosta Society defines  miniature hostas as having a leaf no larger than 4 sq. Now your job to take care of yourself and each other, stay well, healthy and safe. More about containers at the end of the post. Nursery Happenings: The 2015 Miniature Hosta Availability for mail order and pick up at the nursery is here. Hosta sieboldiana ‘Frances Williams’ – large Hosta growing up to 24″ tall and 60″ wide with large blue-green leaves variegated with irregular greenish-yellow margins. The waved and cupped leaves are 2 ¼” long and 1 ½” wide. If you would like to read more about little hostas, click on any of the following links: Clockwise from upper left: ‘Holy Mouse Ears’, ‘Frosted Mouse Ears’, ‘Blue Mouse Ears’, ‘Green Mouse Ears’, and ‘Mighty Mouse’. 3. The bright green, pointy leaves have a wide white margin that streaks into the center. Subscribing to my blog does not sign you up to receive this information. I bought it about 4-5 years ago, planted it in the ground with other hostas (mostly shade, some partial sun in cooler part of day). As a general guideline, if you want to make a partial ruffle or border of dwarf hostas at the base of a rock, use a minimum of three plants. The gardening experts at HGTV.com talk about some of their favorite hosta varities. Racemes of funnel-shaped, lavender flowers appear in summer on scapes rising well above the foliage mound to 20 in. Click here to read it. We also carry a large … I extolled the virtues of their round, rubbery slug-repelling leaves in beautiful colors, their symmetrical habit, and their lovely proportional flowers. Plant hostas around boulders, in rock gardens, and in containers. Here are some more combinations: Hostas ‘Shiny Penny’, ‘Green Eyes’, and ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’ paired with sedum, hens and chicks, and rosularia in my dish garden. You can sign up to receive emails by sending your full name and phone number to carolynsshadegardens@verizon.net. That is why ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ heads my larger hosta list: its leaves are too big to qualify as a mini. Clump spread is irrelevant. It forms a striking, tight clump reaching 8″ high and 19″ wide at maturity. ‘Holy Mouse Ears’: the miniature hostas in the mouse ears series are my favorites. Produces blooms of 22 inch white bell shaped spikes in early Summer. This is just a modest assemblage because you really aren’t considered a hosta collector until you have over 500 varieties in your garden. It is great for edging and forms a dense mini-hedge along a path or border. . That’s why for this post I have once again indicated which little hostas are currently available at Carolyn’s Shade Gardens. It has tiny, perfectly round leaves 1 3/4″ long by 1 3/4″ wide. 1 review . Precautions . ‘Little Treasure’  is  6” tall and 16” wide at maturity. 19-aug-2018 - Hosta Choice Gardens Inc.,a well-known Ontario hosta specialty nursery, features hosta display gardens and huge hosta selection. The leaf blade area, length x width, can be no greater than 6 square inches. ‘Mighty Mouse’ is one of the newer members of the mouse ears family. It lists all the wonderful little hostas that are available for pick up at the nursery and by mail. Many of them are excellent plants for the front of the border or for edging paths. A few larger-than-life hostas include ‘Bigga Luigi’ (25 inches tall, 80 inches wide), ‘Big Daddy’ (25 inches tall, 66 inches wide), ‘Kingsize’ (48 inches Two small hostas with contrasting habits make good container companions, here ‘Stiletto’ and ‘Blue Mouse Ears’. It is 10″ tall by 24″ wide, and its leaves are 4″ long by 3″ wide. Hosta 'Purple Dwarf' by bert Jun 5, 2003 6:06 PM. Many of our hosta plants are marked down from 10% to 75%. Choosing tiny companion plants to go with your miniature hostas is another fun part of growing them in containers or in a rock garden. Besides I am not a true collector of any group of plants because I am not satisfied with one of any perennial in my garden. Mouse ears hostas with dwarf Solomon’s seal, Polygonatum humile, in my stone trough. This is a view of the top of my glazed strawberry pot filled with 17 different mini hostas. For catalogues and announcements of events, please send your full name, location, and phone number (for back up use only) to carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com. Got them in a few days and they were in great condition. However, I ended the agonizing and picked ‘Cracker Crumbs’ as number one. At In The Country Garden & Gifts we try to cater to the seasoned collectors as well as those new to growing hostas. ‘Little Treasure’ is new to me this year and has a unique leaf shape and blue-green color. Hydrangeas are beautiful, but they’re also poisonous for dogs. I placed its pot on a wall by my front walk so I can admire the stems up close. A range of dwarf hostas for a moist soil and light shade. It was introduced this year so I only have the photo of my own immature plant above to show you. However, you can also use tree bark. Those are just some of the new little hostas available at Carolyn’s Shade Gardens this year. This Hosta seems a bit picky to grow. Newly introduced ‘Mini Skirt’ has the same variegation as ‘Mighty Mouse’ but with heavily ruffled leaves—stunning and already a customer favorite! How could people collect such a boring and ordinary plant? ‘Church Mouse’, the last of the four new mouse ears hostas, has very blue leaves with unique, highly ruffled margins that make a good contrast with other mouse ears hostas. Clump spread is irrelevant. Two-yr-old flowering in my zone 4b Ontario garden (mid July) Opening in May . White feather hosta grows six to ten inches in height and approximately ten inches wide. Leaves have green margins and white centers that are speckled with green. My husband gave me bambooplants.ca gift cards for Mother’s Day. Hostas are flowering plants that are more popular for their distinctive and edible leaves than for the flowers. If you would like to read more about little hostas, click on any of the following links: Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a retail nursery located in Bryn Mawr, PA, specializing in showy, colorful, and unusual plants for shade. 2. Services Painters Roofing & Gutter Contractors Organizers & Closet Designers Home Stagers Garage Door Services Window Treatment Services Paint & Wall Covering Dealers Appliances & Systems Appliance Sales & Services HVAC Contractors Home Theater & Automation Outdoor Lighting & AV Specialists Solar Energy Contractors ‘Alakazaam’s’  unusual spiky habit makes it stand out from the crowd no matter where you place it. It is 8″ tall and 12″ wide at maturity. Postal Codes K or M min. In May 2011, I wrote my fourth most popular post called Miniature (& Small) Hostas. is it. Newly introduced ‘Pure Heart’  has the reverse variegation of ‘Mighty Mouse’. I need at least five, but preferably seven, of any plant to make an impact. Check out these little plants for miniature gardens...small versions of perennials such as Hosta, Palm Trees, etc. 6. The evergreen shrub is hearty, requiring very little maintenance and water. Its golden leaves are 5″ long and 1″ wide, lance-shaped, heavily rippled, and tapering to a point. Hostas can hold their own in a shade garden, but pairing them with spring bulbs and other perennials highlights their natural beauty and extends the season. Plant collecting urges are satisfied by all the plants that can be crammed into a small area. ‘Shiro Kabitan’ (often sold as ‘Haku Chu Chan’) really brightens up the shade with its bright white foliage with a narrow green margin. Height: 60-70 cm (23-27 inches), Spread: 112-120 cm (44-47 inches). However, the real minis look best when they are specially displayed in an area of the garden set aside for them with suitable sized companion plants like smaller epimediums, dwarf ferns, sedums, hens and chicks, or dwarf Solomon’s seal. That’s what we do with all our containers at Carolyn’s Shade Gardens. Hostas have no trouble holding their own in a shady garden. ‘Sunny Mouse Ears’ is the first gold-leafed cultivar in the Mouse Ears series, although there is another described below. Learn how to grow hostas including sun hostas. If you are within visiting distance and would like to receive catalogues and information about customer events, please send your full name and phone number to carolynsshadegardens@verizon.net. How can you resist? I like them because they are cute, they have a look all their own, they have adorable names, their colors are beautiful, I would actually grow them for their flowers, and their thick leaves give them a unique presence and repel slugs. H. nigrescens It makes a very colorful edging and prefers dappled shade. I would be very interested to hear in a comment/reply which miniatures you like and how you use them. Large Mound size of wide shiny medium to dark green , heavily rippled leaves. Many hostas are quite large, and five ‘Blue Angel’, ‘Sum and Substance’, or ‘Sagae’, which are favorites of mine, with six foot wide clumps and 15″ leaves, take up a lot of room. We drill holes in the bottom of our containers and then cover them with pieces of broken terra cotta pots so they don’t get clogged. the surface is covered by moss collected from my roof. . ‘Stiletto’ is another small hosta that can’t be mistaken for any other. These miniature hostas are less than 8 inches tall at maturity. Therefore, some of the hostas listed below are not technically “miniature”, but they are all little! Available at CSG. I would grow ‘Hi Ho Silver’ for the name alone. Some hostas need a period of full sun to look and perform their best. Miniature hostas are perfect as border perennial plants or when you need to fill that small space in your rock garden. Email: (function(){var ml=".f0noec%4prdsgulia",mi="@314782=A:;53<9?><06A",o="";for(var j=0,l=mi.length;j