“This time of year, I really enjoy hostas,” said Dorothy Packard. “I have several in my yard, but my favorite is the Blue Angel.”
Packard acquired her first Blue Angel hosta two years ago from Countryside Greenhouse in Hephzibah.
The owner of the nursery, Geraldine Hunter, grows hostas in pots and the Blue Angel caught Packard’s eye.
“It is a large-leafed hosta with a nice blue tint in its coloring, and in the shade garden it is a standout,” says Packard.
“After having this hosta for two years, it is as nice as Geraldine’s was when I bought it.”
According to the Web site finegardening.com, the Blue Angel hosta grows into ‘‘a tiered mound of heavily textured leaves that can get as big as 18 inches in diameter.’’ The mound itself can grow from 1 to 3 feet high with a spread of 1 to 6 feet.
This particular variety is good for planting at the base of small trees and shrubs, and thrives in part to full shade. Maintenance of the Blue Angel is fairly minimal, and the plant has a purple flower in the summer.
Packard said she found a few Blue Angel varieties on sale at a big-box store last year.
“I bought all they had left and shared with some friends that always are sharing with me,” she said. “Then I planted a ring around my bird bath with five of them. Next year, it will really be a showstopper.”
While the Blue Angel hosta is Packard’s favorite plant now, she’s sure another plant will be next month’s favorite.
“It isn’t just a seasonal thing with gardeners,” she said. “It can be weekly or monthly, but it is fun to see what others prefer or have in their gardens that mean a lot to them. From the first tulip in the spring to the last bloom before the first killing frost, there has to be something out there for you to love.”