Plant Profiles - Archive


Hemerocallis 'Inca Puzzle'
Ica Puzzle was bred by Petit and registered in 2003. What an amazing and beautiful flower it this has proved to be. It is a really rich purple flower, edged in a creamy yellow, set off by a chalky watermark eye around a large cream yellow throat. This stunning flower measures 6' (15cm) across the flower. It flowers in midseason and its height was registered as 28'(71cm) and it reaches that in the U.K. This unusual daylily is a tetraploid and is semi evergreen. It is a daylily that stops visitors in their tracks! It also produces a huge amount of flowers!
(from Aug '17)
Hemerocallis 'Waiting in the Wings'
A stunning purple crispate, bred by Stamile and registered in 2000. This unusual form is quite a performer with purple flowers and a yellow green throat. The slender petals and sepals reach 8" (20.5cm) making this flower quite a stunner in the border. It flowers early to mid season and is a real eye catcher when in full flower. The flowers bloom at a height of 32" (81cm). It is a Tetraploid and is also an evergreen.
(from Oct '17)
Hemerocallis 'American Revolution'
This is an older daylily bred by Wild in 1972, which is very popular for its dark flowers and is widely available. The form is of the older style daylilies with rather narrow petals of velvety, deep and dark wine red, a yellow throat and a small green heart. It is diploid and dormant, putting up fresh green leaves in spring. The scapes (flowering stems) grow to 28”(70cm) and it flowers in mid season. The dark flowers are 5.5”(13cm) across. In 2010 the American Hemerocallis Society awarded American Revolution an Honorable Mention, recognition at last.
(from Jan '18)
Hemerocallis 'April in Paris'
APRIL IN PARIS was bred by Moldovan and was introduced in 1992. The pretty cream pink flowers have a rose pink eyezone, and a yellow green throat and deep green heart. A narrow gold edge is apparent in warmer weather. The pretty blooms have been a favourite here. It is quite a prolific bloomer too! It is a tetraploid and a dormant daylily. It flowers early to midseason here and the flowers are 4.5” (11cm) and the height of the scapes is 22” (56cm).
(from Mar '18)


Hosta 'Dinner Jacket'
As part of the BHHS's AGM Weekend, a Cut-Leaf Show was set up for members and garden visitors at RHS Harlow Carr earlier this month. As an encouragement for some interaction from those who came to see the display, people were invited to choose their favourite leaf from the 120 or so that were displayed. The outright winner was Hosta 'Dinner Jacket'. This medium-sized plant, which originates from the UK, is a sport of h. 'Halcyon', and forms a mound of attractive heart shaped leaves with a broad yellow centre surrounded by a contrasting wide variable blue-to-mid green margin which get more golden with age. In summer it produces funnel-shaped lilac flowers on tall scapes, reaching 40 cm in height. It grows best in a damp shady, or half shady, position. Hostas with similar foliage include h. 'Touch of Class' and h. 'June'.
(from Jun'17)
Hosta 'Pete's Slon-he'
(h.' Blue Monday' x h.' Heavy Duty') x h. 'Heavy Duty' Does this small possibly have the thickest leaves of any hosta in the world? Possibly. Not yet available for sale, it was registered by Piet de Rooij – best known for h. 'Pete's Dark Satellite', his first introduction, and more recently his streaked hybridizing program, in 2015. It has medium-green, near round, relatively flat leaves, but it's the thickness of the leaves that is most striking. It appears to owe this trait to h. 'Heavy Duty', an OP h. 'Electrum Stater' cross, involved in both its pod and pollen parentage, and another of Piet's introductions. According to Piet, Marco Fransen once credited h. 'Heavy Duty' as having the thickest leaf of any hosta he'd seen, but this has now been surpassed by its offspring, h. 'Pete's Slon-he'. 'Slon-he' was the name given to the sedatory Chief Sitting-Bull by his own Native American People and Piet chose the name to reflect the plant's slow growth rate.
(from Oct '17)
Hosta 'Fire Island'
(H. longipes f. hypoglauca x Hosta ’Crested Surf’) By no means a new variety, but still impressive non-the-less. Registered by Bill Brinka in 1998, its bright gold, slightly wavy leaves contrast wonderfully with its deep red petioles. This red originates from its pod parent, h. longipes f. hypoglauca. Along with the sparsa form of h. longipes and the related species of h. pycnophylla (within the same section of the Giboshi subgenus), h. l. f. hypoglauca has been a great gene pool for producing red & purple petioles - h. ’Eos’, h. ’Dragon’s Eye’, h. ‘Harry van de Laar’ & h. ’Purple Boots’, to name just a few. h. ’Fire Island’ itself has produced some good sports (such as h. ‘Paradise Island’ with its green margined yellow-centered leaves). Although it doesn’t have the brightest red petioles, or red extending up into its leaves and certainly can’t match the best, most fertile breeding plant for red petioles, h. ’Fire Island’ is still a ‘must-have’ plant for me – very garden-worthy and very reasonably priced!
(from Oct '17)
Hosta 'June'
Hosta 'June' has a claim to be the world’s favourite hosta. From 2002 to 2015, it was the number 1 ranked hosta in the AHS Popularity Poll no less than 11 times; it was ranked number 2 on the other 3 occasions.
Its story, recounted compellingly by Mike Shadrack in the AHS Journal Volume 42-1, is interesting, particularly for anyone who enjoys Poll Dancing! The original plant was rescued by a trainee in the late 1980s from the reject pile of a batch of Halcyon plants in a Tissue Culture (TC) Lab. Back then, all plants which didn’t come true were routinely rejected. The TC lab was owned by Neo Plants in Freckleton near Preston and the trainee gave the plant to her mother, June Cook. When it emerged the next spring, looking rather splendid, June and her daughter had the sense to take the plant back to Neo who trialled it, then patented and marketed it under the name ‘June’, in honour of the lady who first spotted its potential.
H. ’June’ certainly is a magnificent plant. With the substance of Halcyon it has a flamed, bright gold center (which darkens to chartreuse later in the season, particularly in shade) and a wide blue-green margin. It cathes your eye, standing out from most other plants, but in an almost subtle and certainly pleasing way. On top of this, it has been a good source of sports (h. ‘June Fever’, h. ‘Touch of Class’, h. ‘May’ & h. ‘High Society’ are good expamples) and a good breeding plant.
(from Apr '18)
Hosta 'Rippled Honey'
Hosta ‘Rippled Honey’ is a late 80s Herb Benedict cross. Although registered as parentage unknown, it has a ventricosa and plantaginea background. Zilis lists it as a cross of a hybrid of h. ventricosa with h. plantaginea in his hostapedia. Elsewhere it’s listed as h. plantaginea x h. ‘Holly’s Honey’, the latter itself a h. ventricosa cross. It certainly looks rather like ‘Holly’s Honey’ but with more pronounced characteristics and, of course, fragrant flowers from its plantaginea parent.
It forms a wide, 50cm tall mound of heavily rippled, dark green, very glossy foliage with a good substance. A late flowering hosta, I like the fact that it’s one of the last hosta to die back in my garden. The photo above was taken in early-mid October and, whilst there are signs of wear and tear and a few leaves starting to turn brown, it still looks good, with relatively fresh and still very glossy leaves. Those glossy leaves look especially attractive with droplets of water on their surface after a good soaking of rain.
Richard Ford, a former Chairman of the BHHS, who very sadly passed away recently, registered a wonderful sport of h. ‘Rippled Honey’ in 2009 which he named ‘Tea at Betty’s’ after the tearooms at Harrogate. A little smaller than its parent, it has the same shiny, green leaves but with a rippled yellow margin.
Hosta 'Leading Lady'
H. ‘Leading Lady’ is a sport of a H. 'William Lachman' cross, registered by J&J Wilkins in 1995.
A majestic hosta. Its upright stature, its  slightly ruffled leaves held horizontally and arranged symmetrically and its gold variegation gives it the appearance of a slightly smaller version of H. 'Sagae'. Although it did win the 'Benedict Garden Performance Medal' (an award chosen by a group of judges within the AHS to be given each year to a plant which has shown outstanding performance in the home landsacape) in 2014, it hasn't achieved anythng like the popularity of H. 'Sagae', or indeed, anything like the popularity it deserves.Its one of the most commented-upon plants by visitors to my garden, and I would recommend it to anyone.
Hosta 'Phantom'
H. ‘Phantom’ is a cross of H. ‘Riptide, which in turn is very probably a H. pycnophylla cross. Together with H. longipes f.hypoglauca, H. pycnophylla has been used to produce many red-petioled, heavily ruffled hostas. Jerome Linneman has used it extensively and very successfully in his hybridizing program. His Valley’s Lemon Squash and Valley’s Red Scorpion are two of my favourites.
Although ‘Phamtom’ itself is not one of the newer pycnophylla-related crosses (it was originated by Bob Solberg and J & J Wilkins in 1995), it is one of the larger ones and has the red petioles. An elegant plant, it grows to around 2ft high x 4ft wide, has prominent veins and is pleasingly rippled. It produces purple flowers late in the summer. As it’s been available for quite a while, it’s very reasonably priced too.