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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

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Hosta 'Blue Ivory'

Posted by Graham Rice on 07 Jun 2009 at 12:38 PM

Hosta 'Blue Ivory'. Image: ©Walters Gardens, Inc.Hosta ‘Halcyon' is the most famous British-bred hosta and one of the most popular across the world. Its neat habit and intensely - often slug-resistant - blue leaves have made it a worldwide favourite.

‘Halcyon' has produced a number of variegated sports, shoots which differ from the original plant, and ‘June' is probably the best known with its yellow leaves retaining a margin of ‘Halcyon'-blue colouring. Now there's another - ‘Blue Ivory'

You can see from the picture that this is a dramatic plant. At first the leaves are ‘Halcyon'-blue with a broad creamy white edge, then as summer progresses the creamy area becomes white and may develop a hazy green "blush" on young plants; the centre becomes a slightly greenish blue. The green hazing is much reduced as plants mature in the garden.

Another valuable feature is the lavender flowers which are held clear of the foliage to make an effective display.

Hosta 'Blue Ivory'. Image: ©Walters Gardens, Inc.There are other sports of ‘Halcyon' with creamy or white marginal variegation but `First Frost`, `El Nino`, and `Sleeping Beauty` all have margins that are half as wide as that of ‘Blue Moon'. The foliage of ‘Aristocrat` is more rounded, and also has narrower margins, while. `Tambourine` has a narrower margin closer to yellow in colour along with darker purple flowers and is less blue in the centre than `Blue Ivory`.

‘Blue Ivory' was found by American hosta collector Bill Meyer in a nursery in Connecticut. It was then spotted by Dutch perennial wizard Luc Klinkhamer in Bill's garden (amongst about 1000 other hostas!) and Luc has now ensured its availability on both sides of the Atlantic.

I'm looking forward to growing this plant, Hosta ‘Blue Ivory' is now available from these two RHS Plant Finder nurseries.

 

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