Of all the many colours of hostas there are available today the blues remain a staple of every big collection. Eye popping waxy blue leaves always stand out in the garden, complimenting others around them whilst adding interest themselves. Growing blue hostas to the fullest of their capabilities is no always as straight forward as popping them in the ground and letting it do their thing.
Positioning is key when planting blue varieties as light levels and temperature can drastically change the quality and longevity of their colour. A cool, shady spot under a tree canopy is ideal. Blue hostas get their colour from the wax (bloom) on their leaves, this can be removed by heavy rain, bright sunlight and high temperatures which is why planting under a tree canopy will help the colour remain.
Blues come in all shapes and sizes from some of the larges varieties like 'Blue Angel' and 'Blue Mammoth' to some of the smallest like 'Blue Mouse Ears' and 'Bill Dress's Blue'. Here are some of our favourites.
(Hosta 'Blue Angel')
Hosta 'Blue Angel' is of of the older giant blue varieties. It is a real favourite that often ranks highly in popularity polls. Although it is a common variety 'Blue Angel' is no less impressive, a full grown clump can be almost 1m tall and 2m wide. It is always worth having a large blue in any collection whether it be 'Blue Angel', 'Empress Wu' or 'Krossa Regal'.
(Hosta 'Hadspen Blue')
Similar to varieties such as 'Halcyon' and 'Blue Wedgwood' with it's deep blue colour. This beautiful tardiana has stunning waxy leaves and lavender flowers. 'Hadspen Blue' also has many great sports such as 'Aristocrat' and 'Pinani Splash'.
Although it can be slow growing 'Hadspen Blue' is generally a reliable and stable variety. Excellent when planted with other hosta varieties to compliment their different colours.
(Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears')
Everyone's favourite miniture hosta, 'Blue Mouse Ears' is a very small variety with hard round blue leaves. It looks stunning in a pot, forming a perfect blue dome. A must have hosta for any collector or enthusiast.
You can plant 'Blue Mouse Ears' in a bed however this does not always shows it's main qualities, it's shape and it's colour. Avoid positioning in bright sunlight as the leaves will go green.