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Perennially favorite perennials—improved?

Hosta ‘Lakeside Paisley Print’


Perennial growers far and wide readily admit that the industry has made mistakes in premature introductions in the past. The result: some lost credibility when a “new” or “best” or “proven” beauty—at a high price per plant—disappointed gardeners and embarrassed retail sellers. After those debacles, the pressure mounted, so that today, any brand worth its trademark proceeds much more carefully. Expect some true winners, such as the examples listed below.


Genus, species, cultivar


Reason “Improved”

Hosta ‘Lakeside Paisley Print’
American Hosta Growers ‘Hosta of the Year’ 2019

Thick heart-shaped leaves, creamy white center, wavy green margins; 10 x 20 inches.

Thicker leaves, less slug-prone, and just gorgeous

Hemerocallis (Daylily) ‘Double Pardon Me’

Really reblooms lots;
18 x 18 inches

Darker red than earlier re-bloomers, truly much less dead-heading.

Penstemon (Beardtongue) ‘Onyx & Pearls’

Hummingbird attractor, 10 x 20 inches

Denser than earlier ones such as ‘Husker Red’, darker leaves

Helianthus helianthoides (False Sunflower) ‘Sunstruck’

Variegated leaves, bright yellow flowers, 18 x 18 inches

Much tougher than ‘Larraine Sunshine’, with constant flowers




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