I was going to put this at the end of the year-old post that showed up recently, but thought I'd just cut to the chase.
So now you can begin to think about 2018!
Hosta 'Brother Stefan' had it coming to be HOTY, a real beauty. I bought the one of the following picture in a pot at a local nursery in July 2009. It grew wonderfully, gets only some morning sun. So last year I bought two more, this time from Naylor Creek, you can not have enough of that one, is very satisfying to look at it.
Mmm, don't have that one yet but I love the thick, corrugated leaves. Thanks for the heads up Babka.
Thanks, Babka! It's been on my want list ever since Newhostalady posted hers - the unforgettable one in a pot with the yellow sedge and a trailing plant (ivy I think). I'll make sure I pick up a big one when I visit Hosta Choice this month.
My first hosta order for 2011!
My first ever Leaf Show
Hosta Favorite 2017
Heckuva nice hosta, well deserved imo. beautiful
It's a beauty. Got one from Hallson Gardens last year with two eyes. Now it's coming up with six. Thanks for another great hosta, Hallson Gardens and Olga P.!
Brother Stefan is worthy. I like the heavily corrugated leaves. But mine hasn't been coloring up very well, staying mostly green. I could see a light pattern, so I didn't think it reverted or sported or anything like that. I moved it (HEAVY!) a few weeks ago into more sun, so I hope that helps bring back some of the yellow.I'm wondering how come I never see the hosta of the year being sold at the nurseries or big box stores? I thought HotY was about marketing as much as anything else.
I got mine (dormant eyes) a few years ago and recall emailing Chris at Hallson's that it had leafed our and wasn't showing the variegation. He said to wait a few more weeks and if it didn't color up he'd replace it. Sure enough it did soon after that. Patience for this one.
Mine has been a slow grower, probably because of tree roots. The mature ones I've seen are gorgeous. Wouldn't have thought of it, since it was about $20.00 four years ago. It's been around a while, guess it's cheap enough to be a HOTY now.
My Brother Stefan found a permanent home in A primo spot in the garden last summer. It had been in a pot since the previous fall. The bed I put it in is one of the sunniest beds I have, aftenoon sun from maybe 2pm til 7 or so. Last year it looked sunburned and I attributed it to the move, but this year it already looks like this. I don't think its freeze damage because the good brother is a late sleeper and was one of the last to arise.
Has anyone else noticed sun sensitivity on Brother Stephan? Any chance maybe it's not sunburn but something else?
It hasn't done well for me. Actually none of Olga's hosta have done well for me. I REALLY wanted Manhattan. It is in its second year from LOTG, a wonderful gift from Jeff. It's doing fine. Niagara Falls is failing, as is Brother Stephan and Key West is holding on, but not flourishing.
Whatever stock Olga is using, it doesn't seem to like Texas.
To quote another southern hostaphile, "buy more Lakesides".
I'd skip Brother Stephan and buy Paradigm, especially if I were south of the Mason-Dixon line'
That's "Stefan" not Stephan. ;-). Bkay, will you please post pic of Manhattan when it has flowerscapes, please? They are rather pinkish, aren't they?
Uh-oh, I just moved my Brother Stefan into afternoon sun.
This was planted in 2008. It took a while to show its true colours and texture.
Gorgeous photos all, and worthy of the HOTY. Since its slow to grow, though, It doesn't merit a spot in my garden at this point in time.
It's such a photogenic plant...I am out of room but might have considered it, since it is a slow grower, if I didn't already have Paul's Glory and Paradigm. Soooo tempting though.
Not a slow grower here.