Putting this in my garden diary: waterslide (ruffled) hostas put on short, close-to-the-crown purple flowers in mid/late August. See below for a photo of the current view of the three Waterslides that we have in the backyard. I planted the f irst one of these in 2020 from the Morton Sale and added the two others from the orange big box store in 2021 . Compare this mid/late August bloom time with some of the other varieties like these dark-green Venticosa hostas that bloomed with dark-purple, but very tall blooms in late July . Having a mix of bloom-times is something that I need to continue to work on - with the ideal being a true four-season garden.
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Posted by Jake Parrillo on
Nobody grows hostas for their flowers. Is that a 'hot take'? I don't think so. Foliage gardeners (I'm a self-proclaimed foliage gardener) grow hostas because of what they do: shade-garden workhorses that add some texture and fill in spaces. But...they also flower. With these tall, odd, scapes of flowers. Are they scapes ? I think so . I remember my mom's garden, filled with hostas. And popping the purple flowers that emerged each Summer. I don't think I've ever tracked the flower emergence in my own garden, so I figured I'd start a little bit right now. Why now? Because I was walking around the garden one morning recently and was struck by one set of flowers in back. On these hostas: The flowers seem VERY dark purple (for hostas). Thanks to the Hosta Library, it appears that these are Venticosa hostas . The Delaware Hosta Association has this description : The Dark Green One with Purple Flowers: H. ventricosa This one also has shiny heart-