BY SALLY CUNNINGHAM
THE INDUSTRY IS CHANGING
BUT THESE PLANTS KEEP
THE COLOR ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HOSTAS (Grenfell/
Shadrack) opens with a foreword by His Royal Highness, The
Prince of Wales, who declares it to be one of his “favorite plants
for a long time.” He designed a stumpery—distinguished by
masses of hostas woven gracefully among upended tree roots—
and later a woodland garden featuring hostas. The Prince’s
garden at Highgrove now houses the National Plant Collection of
Sounds like a fancy plant, coveted by the elite, to be studied
at plant society meetings, doesn’t it? And yet, for at least fifteen
years, the hosta has been the most popular perennial plant
in America. You can even buy some hostas for ten or twenty
dollars at a box store—even if they aren’t quite royal quality.
The more you learn, the more you’ll want to go to Hosta Society
events or specialized garden centers for a good selection of low-maintenance, high-performance hostas.
Hostas are renowned for colorful, structural foliage.
For at least