Best Blue for Summer Long Color - 'Halcyon'

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Best Blue for Summer Long Color - 'Halcyon'

Postby felco2 » Mar 03, 2010 7:23 pm

Hi,

I only have one blue hosta Halycon. It's in a shade garden but still turns deep gray green. What blue hostas are famous for holding their color (given shady conditions) throughout the season? Here is a picture of Halycon on 6/6/09.
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One in late August with deep green leaves next to a Hart Tongue fern.
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And one in July.
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Re: Best Blue for Summer Long Color

Postby SWMOgardens » Mar 03, 2010 9:31 pm

'Touch of Class' in deep shade stays a beautiful blue for me.

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Re: Best Blue for Summer Long Color

Postby Pieter » Mar 04, 2010 3:09 am

Without question, for me, in my yard and at my latitude, the following blues have all been blue well into August, and beyond: 'June', which apparently is a 'Halcyon' derivative, and 'Dream Queen' as variegated ones and 'Blue Sliver' and 'Blue Mouse Ears' as solid coloured ones.

Keep in mind that the blue we see is as a result of a waxy coating on the leaf and that coating can and will melt away under summer heat, even though the plant may be in nought but open shade and see no direct sun at all. Ambient summer temperatures play an important role here.
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'Skylight' and 'Secret Love'

Postby Linda P » Mar 04, 2010 8:34 am

I have Skylight in a fairly sunny spot, probably 2-3 hours of direct sun a day, and it stayed a nice frosty blue all year.
Blue Jay, in bright shade, keeps the blue color very well for me, too.
Variegated...Secret Love and Frosted Dimples held the color well last year.

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Re: Best Blue for Summer Long Color

Postby ViolaAnn » Mar 04, 2010 12:39 pm

'Aristocrat', 'Blue Wedgwood', 'Deja Blu', 'Frosted Dimples', 'Full Moon'

I have several who have retained their blue through the summer.
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Re: Best Blue for Summer Long Color

Postby ViolaAnn » Mar 04, 2010 12:44 pm

'High Society', 'Pewterware'-streaked, 'Touch of Class'

Just a few more. I should mention that I'm in Canada - fairly far north and we had a cool, wet summer last year; so these might not be typical for a hot dry summer.
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Re: Best Blue for Summer Long Color

Postby Ginger » Mar 05, 2010 10:40 am

'Fragrant Blue' stays nice for me all summer. I keep it in early morning light, and shade the rest of the day. Sorry no picture available, I am at work.

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Re: Best Blue for Summer Long Color

Postby felco2 » Mar 06, 2010 5:01 pm

Hi,

Thank you all for your replies. I'm in love with 'Touch of Class'. Wow. I've added 'Frosted Dimples', 'Fragrant Blue', and 'High Society' to my list. Is 'Fragrant Blue' related to 'Fragrant Bouquet'?

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Re: Best Blue for Summer Long Color

Postby ViolaAnn » Mar 06, 2010 5:37 pm

'Fragrant Blue' is a cross of two of Paul Aden's own seedlings - http://www.hostaregistrar.org/detail.ph ... ant%20Blue

'Fragrant Bouquet' is another of Paul Aden's; so I wouldn't rule out some relation, but the AHS Hosta Registry page indicates H. 'Fascination' as the pod parent and 'Summer Fragrance' as the pollen parent. http://www.hostaregistrar.org/detail.ph ... %20Bouquet

Virtually all fragrant hostas will have some plantaginea heritage. My Hostas Database has more info at: http://myhostas.be/db/hostas/Fragrant+Blue and http://myhostas.be/db/hostas/Fragrant+Bouquet

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Re: Best Blue for Summer Long Color

Postby Chris_W » Mar 06, 2010 5:40 pm

Fragrant Blue is one of the least fragrant of the fragrant hostas, so it is a distant relative to Fragrant Bouquet, as Ann mentions.

I totally agree with Fragrant Blue and its sports Blue Flame and Secret Love, and love Frosted Dimples. In my really shady areas Powder Blue was also really impressive for keeping the blue wax.
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Re: Best Blue for Summer Long Color

Postby thy » Mar 06, 2010 9:53 pm

Living way north of you, but one hosta have a special blue color

Getting all day sun it never really have the dusty blue color other hostas have,even in full sun ( some loose the dusty blue wax during the summer) but Deep Blue Sea have a dark sort of blue color all summer, it never look like it is coated with a thik layer of wax, butit have a special deep blue color during the summer....
But then, I live up north and do not know how it look like in your area

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Re: Best Blue for Summer Long Color

Postby Pieter » Mar 07, 2010 4:32 am

Chris_W wrote:Fragrant Blue is one of the least fragrant of the fragrant hostas, so it is a distant relative to Fragrant Bouquet, as Ann mentions.


After having 'Fragrant Blue' in our garden for almost 10 years, last year I finally got to smell the fragrance of the flowers of a division I made 3 years ago. And they smelled just wonderful. Must admit that it's been almost 6 months since then -and memory fades- but suffice it to say that I'm looking forward to having this division bloom again this year, so I can smell it again.

Must agree with Chris, if nothing else this is an unreliable plant for fragrance. Didn't ever smell fragrance on any of its flowers until last year on this one division, the main plant I have never smelled fragrance on since I've had it, almost 10 years.
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Re: Best Blue for Summer Long Color

Postby Noreaster » Mar 25, 2010 9:25 pm

'Big Daddy' stays quite blue for me, as does 'Love Pat'. Both are in pretty much full shade, which I'm sure explains it. One that has been a disappointment for me in the color department is 'Queen of the Seas'. That loses it's blue for me quickly, despite the shade.

I added 'Flemish Sky' last year and will definitely be moving that one to full shade this year.

I'm also in a pretty cool climate, which I guess is good for the blues....I hate when the wax melts off and they turn green!
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Re: Best Blue for Summer Long Color

Postby jgh » Mar 26, 2010 10:50 am

A most unfortunate name... Fragrant Blue was one of the first hostas widely distributed in tissue culture... and I believe, based on the differing experiences people have with it, that somewhere early in the process a strain was produced that is not fragrant, or only very, very slightly so.

I have grown it for something like 15 years... and I have tried every year to detect a fragrance... and occasionally decide that maybe there is a little, but it takes some imagination. Since some folks. like Pieter, do find it fragrant, I have to suspect a genetic difference in strains. No matter... if one is looking for a fragrant hosta, they shouldn't look at Fragrant Blue. There are so many better fragrant ones.

As to blue... I concur with a lot of the suggestions here... and for a completely different suggestion, Kiwi Full Monty is, for me, a very bluish Striptease sport... my favorite of that family... good grower and the new flushes have nice blue, even in quite a bit of direct sun.
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Re: Best Blue for Summer Long Color

Postby Pieter » Mar 26, 2010 11:22 am

Jim, as said, it's only a division of my original plant where I have observed fragrance. The original I have never smelled fragrance on in the 8 or 9 years I've had it. Seems to me though that the fragrance the division had last year was different from what I associate with the 'Fragrant Bouquet' family, like 'Guacamole' and FB itself. I'll have to pay more attention to it this year and get a better handle on exactly what the differences, if any, are.

As an aside, my original 'Fragrant Blue' was/is a very slow grower, quite out of line from what I gather for this cultivar. I was convinced by someone to share a division with her and divided the original in 3 and kept 2 for myself. One went back in its original spot and the other into a pot and into a sheltered area, because it was the smallest of the 3. This latter one has gone from a single shoot 3 years ago to where I now have 6 or 7 coming up this spring, MUCH more vigorous than the other one I still have. I'll leave this larger division in its pot for now until it has flowered and plant it out in late summer.
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