Bay State Perennial Farm


Hostas are shade lovers, with handsome foliage topped by flowers on tall scapes. An attractive plant from spring until frost, they come in an increasingly wide variety of leaf colors, sizes and shapes, and some varieties are quite fragrant. They make excellent groundcovers and specimen plants and hosta leaves and flowers are great additions to any floral arrangement.  They prefer moist soil in shady conditions, but are quite tolerant of a variety of soil types, and many are tolerant of full sun where the soil is moist. The varieties with variegated foliage perform best in some shade.


Humpback Whale 400

Hosta ‘Humpback Whale’’

    We’re waiting for the snow to melt so that we can complete the Hosta inventory!


    ‘Abiqua Drinking Gourd’    Dark, blue-green, cupped, puckered, seer-suckered leaves, thickly substanced. Near white flowers bloom on 2' scapes in June. 20"h x 45"w.



    ‘Big Daddy’     Huge, glaucous blue, quilted leaves, 25ins. high by 60ins. wide, slug resistant. White flowers on 3ft. stems in July.

    ‘Blue Angel’    A large blue hosta with large blue-green leaves of very heavy substance forming a huge mound, 36" tall by 48" wide. Light lavender flowers just above the foliage in mid summer. Slug resistant. An impressive shade garden specimen.

    ‘Blue Ivory’   An exciting new sport of H. ‘Halcyon’ that produces medium-sized mounds with thick, spade-shaped, glaucous leaves that have a very wide, white margin. In summer, the center deepens in color creating a striking, high contrast display. An added bonus is the slug resistance afforded by the thick textured foliage. Pale lavender flowers bloom on 24” scapes in July.  Clumps mound to 16” with a 30” spread.

    ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ (miniature)    An adorable miniature hosta with thick, round, blue-green to grey-green leaves. Forms a perfectly symmetrical, 8in. mound. Clusters of lavender, bell-shaped flowers emerge from balloon-like buds.



    ‘Church Mouse’      A sport of the award winning ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ distinguished by its thick textured, wavy-edged leaves. Forms a cute miniature clump of blue/green to green, thick leaves and matures into a small, compact mound 8” high. Lavender flowers in early summer on 14” scapes.

Coast to Coast 175

‘Coast to Coast’ New   Classified as giant sized, this huge solid gold hosta makes a striking specimen. Leaves emerge chartreuse yellow then turn lighter gold in summer. The thick, puckered, wavy leaves form an upright vase-shaped clump. Pale violet flowers appear just above the foliage in summer. 30” tall by 36” wide.

    ‘Curly Fries’     The American Hosta Growers Hosta of 2016! A miniature hosta that forms an animated clump of extremely rippled, narrow leaves. Mature plants have red speckled petioles. Best in morning sun where its chartreuse foliage will be brightest. Only 6” tall by 16” wide.

    ‘Dancing Queen’    Unique yellow hosta that emerges bright yellow and remains yellow all season, unlike many so-called yellows that emerge chartreuse or turn chartreuse in summer. The large leaves display a prominent pie crust edge. Pale lavender flowers. Foliage mounds to 18” and spreads to 28”. 

    ‘Empress Wu’    Said to be the largest known hosta in commerce! Makes an eye-popping focal point with huge, thick, dark green, deeply veined leaves forming a massive upright clump, 4' high by 4’ wide, with pale reddish violet flowers blooming just above the foliage in early summer. Really Big!

    ‘Francee’    Crisp, dark green, heart-shaped leaves edged with a clean, narrow, white border. Looks good and grows well in most situations, even in sun where the color does not fade. Still one of the best Hosta for mass plantings and general landscape use.

    ‘Guacamole’     Huge, apple green leaves with dark green margins. Leaf centers become brighter gold in summer. Fragrant white flowers in summer. 22ins. tall by 36ins. wide.

    ‘Gypsy Rose’     A sport of ‘Striptease’ with better variegation and a more distinct white line in the variegation. Dark green leaves with bright yellow center variegation fading to white. Grows wider than tall.

Humpback Whale 175

Hosta ‘Humpback Whale’ New    Earns its designation as a giant hosta by forming a massive, dome-shaped mound of blue-green, corrugated, heart-shaped leaves. Color is bluest in the spring. Blue-green scapes carry near-white, bell-shaped flowers in early summer. 36” high by 48” wide.


Key West 175

Hosta ‘Key West’ New     Designated a “very large” hosta with intensely gold, heart-shaped leaves. Bright filtered shade draws out the gold color. Strong growing, forming clumps 28” tall by 38” wide . Lavender flowers in early summer.

Lakeside Paisley Print 175

‘Lakeside Paisley Print’     An attention-grabbing small hosta with thick substanced, heart-shaped leaves outlined with very wide, wavy, green margins. Narrow, creamy white markings flare into the leaf centers in a feathered pattern, extending the cream-white color of the petioles up into the body of the leaf. A choice, small hosta, 10” tall by 24” wide. Light lavender flowers on cream colored scapes in mid summer.

    ‘Northern Exposure’     Huge, corrugated, blue-breen leaves develop 2" wide, yellow-green margins that lighten to cream. Forms a large, impressive clump. White flowers. Officially classfied as a giant Hosta.



    ‘Paradigm’    Thick, rounded, corrugated, gold leaves with blue-green margins that streak randomly into the center like an impressionist brush stroke. The attractive variegation becomes more pronounced as the season wears on. Large growing, 20" tall y 24" wide. Light lavender flowers mid-summer.

    ‘Patriot’    A medium-size hosta that is an improved sport of H. fort. 'Francee'. It has green leaves with wider white edges than 'Francee' and grows 15ins. tall by 36ins. wide. Lavender flowers bloom on 24in. stems in midsummer. One of the best white edged form. Shows some sun tolerance.

    ‘Paul’s Glory’    Blue-green leaves with chartreuse centers in spring. In summer, leaves turn darker green and the centers brighten to gold. Always a handsome clump in the garden showing exciting color changes as the season progresses. Large growing, 25” tall by 40f” wide.

    ‘Rhino Hide’     You have to feel it to believe it. Determined by actual measurements, these leaves are the thickest of any hosta, so far. The ultimate in slug resistance! On mature plants, leaves are cupped, puckered and have wide, blue margins with a narrow, light green center that brightens to yellow. White flowers in early summer. 20” high. Shows good sun tolerance.

    seiboldiana ‘Great Expectation’     Another fortuitous mutation, this time of H. sieboldiana 'Elegans', with wide, irregular, blue-green margins surrounding light, creamy centers. Leaves are nearly round, puckered, slighted cupped, with good substance. A striking hosta that is slow to mature but well worth the wait. 20" high x 26" wide. Make a great specimen and anchor plant in any shady garden. Can be counted on to look good all season long.


Hosta 'Sum & Substance'

Hosta 'Sum and Substance'    A giant hosta whose leaf color varies with sun exposure from light green to chartreuse to gold. Good slug resistence. Sun tolerant. Pale lavender flowers. 36ins. tall by 48ins. wide.


    ‘Virginia Reel’    This striking hosta forms a low, penwheel-like mound of pointy, lance-shaped leaves of good substance. The blue-green leaves have yellow margins which lighten to creamy yellow through the season. Lavender flowers. 8” high by 12” wide.

    ‘Waterslide’ (Shadowland®) New 2018     Blue, wavy, ruffled & rippled leaves with heavy substance are said to create the effect of water splashing in the garden,(probably more so when you're standing over them with the hose!). Leaves hold their blue color well into summer. Clumps to 14" high with flower scapes in late summer to 17"

    ‘Wheee!’    Extremely ruffled and wavy green leaves with a white edge that runs all the way down to the crown. A very busy-looking variety that will always get a second look. Medium sized, 12"-18" wide.

Location of the Nursery:
Bay State Perennial Farm
36 State Road (Routes 5 & 10)
Whately, MA 01093
(413) 665-3525


Mailing Address:
Bay State Perennial Farm
P.O.Box 706
N. Hatfield, MA 01066



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