National Hosta Display Garden

National Hosta Display Garden

Hosta garden
Hosta Garden

A National Hosta Display Garden is being formed at the Barnes Arboretum as a mixed border, where the genus Hosta and its many cultivars can be enjoyed by arboretum visitors and students of the Barnes horticulture programs. The primary purpose of the garden is to demonstrate some of the uses of hostas, and the variety of sizes, colors, forms, textures, and flowers available in this genus. 

The area along Latch’s Lane is ideally suited for these plantings because of the existing “bones” of the garden: shade trees and shrubs. Designing this collection of hostas began with integrating them into this framework of mature shrubs and trees. Individual hostas are used as focal points to draw attention to particular areas, or to draw the eye from one area to another. Multiples of one hosta variety were used to frame spaces, act as ground cover, create a sense of direction, and add contrast in foliage. The selection and procurement of hosta cultivars was based on elements like color and variegation, leaf and mound shape, texture, size, longevity, and distinction. Some important groups of hostas were chosen to highlight sports and seedlings of a given cultivar.    

The Delaware Valley Hosta Society (DVHS) is committed to developing this garden as a National Hosta Display Garden in 2014–2015 when the final planting is completed. On approval from the American Hosta Society (AHS), the National Hosta Display Garden at the Barnes will be the only one in the mid-Atlantic States, and the only one within a 600-mile radius of Philadelphia.

Hostas in the garden:

Hosta ‘Abiqua Drinking Gourd’
Hosta ‘Allegan Fog’
Hosta ‘American Sweetheart’
Hosta ‘Atlantis’
Hosta ‘Big Daddy’
Hosta ‘Blue Angel’
Hosta ‘Blue Mountains’
Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’
Hosta ‘Blueberry Muffin’
Hosta ‘Bridegroom’
Hosta ‘Brother Stefan’
Hosta ‘Chartreuse Wiggles’
Hosta ‘Cheatin Heart’
Hosta ‘Church Mouse’
Hosta ‘City Lights’
Hosta ‘Clear Fork River Valley’
Hosta ‘Corkscrew’
Hosta ‘Cup of Grace’
Hosta ‘Cutting Edge’
Hosta ‘Dancing In The Rain’
Hosta ‘Diamond Tiara’
Hosta ‘Deep Blue Sea’
Hosta ‘Dream Queen’
Hosta ‘Earth Angel’
Hosta ‘El Nino’
Hosta ‘Emerald Ruff Cut’
Hosta ‘Empress Wu’
Hosta ‘Faith’
Hosta ‘Fire Island’
Hosta ‘First Frost’
Hosta ‘First Mate’
Hosta ‘Fluted Fountain’
Hosta ‘Fragrant Bouquet’
Hosta ‘Geisha’
Hosta ‘Gemstone’
Hosta ‘Gila River’
Hosta ‘Ginsu Knife’
Hosta ‘Gold Drop’
Hosta ‘Gold Standard’
Hosta ‘Gold Scepter’
Hosta ‘Golden Meadows’
Hosta ‘Grand Canyon’
Hosta ‘Green Mouse Ears’
Hosta ‘Guardian Angel’
Hosta ‘Gypsy Rose’
Hosta ‘Hadspen Hawk’
Hosta ‘Halcyon’
Hosta ‘Hanky Panky’
Hosta ‘Hideout’
Hosta ‘Hyuga Uragiro’
Hosta ‘Inniswood’
Hosta ‘Invincible’
Hosta ‘Irish Luck’
Hosta ‘Journey’s End’
Hosta ‘June’
Hosta ‘Kiwi Full Monty’
Hosta ‘Krossa Regal’
Hosta ‘Kryptonite’
Hosta ‘Lakeside Full Tide’
Hosta ‘Lakeside Ninita’
Hosta ‘Lemon Lime’
Hosta ‘Little Treasure’
Hosta ‘Luna Moth’
Hosta ‘Leading Lady’
Hosta ‘Lemon Frost’
Hosta ‘Liberty’
Hosta ‘LS Midnight Miss’
Hosta ‘Maui Buttercups’
Hosta ‘Mighty Mouse’
Hosta montana ‘Aureomarginata’
Hosta ‘Mouse Trap’
Hosta ‘Niagara Falls’
Hosta ‘Night Before Christmas’
Hosta ‘Olive Bailey Langdon’
Hosta ‘On the Border’
Hosta ‘Orange Marmalade’
Hosta ‘One Man’s Treasure’
Hosta ‘Paradigm’
Hosta ‘Pineapple Upside Down Cake’
Hosta plantaginea
Hosta ‘Prairie Fire’
Hosta ‘Praying Hands’
Hosta ‘Pure Heart’
Hosta ‘Queen of the Seas’
Hosta ‘Rainbows End’
Hosta ‘Rebel Heart’
Hosta ‘Regal Splendor’
Hosta ‘Remember Me’
Hosta ‘Sagae’
Hosta ‘Satisfaction’
Hosta ‘Sea Gulf Stream’
Hosta sieboldii ‘Kabitan’
Hosta ‘Spring Fling’
Hosta ‘Stained Glass’
Hosta ‘Stiletto’
Hosta ‘Striptease’
Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’
Hosta ‘Sugar and Spice’
Hosta ‘T Rex’
Hosta ‘Tambourine’
Hosta ‘Tiny Tears’
Hosta ‘Tokudama Aureonebulosa’
Hosta ‘Twilight Times’
Hosta ‘Victory’
Hosta ‘Wheee!’
Hosta ‘Winter Snow’

Horticulture History

Learn more about the history of the Arboretum or about the role Laura Barnes played in helping these gardens grow. 


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