by Diana Grenfell & Michael Shadrack
Although hostas are one of the most popular perennials, many gardeners would be surprised to learn just how many varieties of these hardy and versatile shade-garden plants exist.
This guide lists 280 varieties, from common favorites to wild species and uncommon hybrids. Each listing includes botanical details, cultivation advice, a physical description to help with identification or selection, and a full-color photograph.
An additional section covers a wide range of general hosta gardening tips, including what to look for when buying hostas, pest control, and planting advice.
A quick-reference guide lists species by color, foliage type, and various landscaping uses (e.g., for edging, ground cover, rock gardens or other specific purposes).
Smyth-sewn softcover, 6" x 8-1/2", 212 pages, 2007.