We’ve spent the last 10 years building our business to appeal to all gardeners, novice and expert. Whilst we’ll always stick to our roots (sorry!), we are beginning to spread our wings a little, to concentrate on some of the plants we truly adore. At the same time, choosing plant groups which are still quite poorly represented in your ‘average’ Garden Centre…..


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MINIATURE HOSTAS

For those who love ‘em, but haven’t got space for ‘em!

Miniature Hostas like ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ pictured above, can be incredibly easy to grow and almost bring the word ‘Bonsai’ to this extraordinary group of plants. Whilst there is an increasing following in these perfect little beauties, they still represent only a fraction of what Hostas have to offer. Here are a few of the varieties we are hoping to stock for our 2020 Spring season

Hosta ‘Funny Mouse’, a lovely variegated form with white margins and lavender flowers

Hosta ‘Funny Mouse’, a lovely variegated form with white margins and lavender flowers

Hosta ‘Mighty Mouse’, a sport of ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ with creamy yellow edging to the leaf

Hosta ‘Mighty Mouse’, a sport of ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ with creamy yellow edging to the leaf

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small hostas

The perfect side dish to the big fellas….

The next step up from our range of miniatures, is the large group we class as ‘small’ Hostas, and all of a sudden the range expands quickly. Like the beautiful ‘Fantasy Island’ above, small because their ultimate size isn’t massive, but we try and select good, strong varieties so that you won’t be waiting years for them to attain greatness. Small Hostas will normally get to around 20-30cm tall, although their spread will often be greater than this in time. Have a look at the next few pics, but be warned…this can get addictive……

Hosta ‘Moonstruck’. Now come on, who could describe this as anything other than completely stunning!?

Hosta ‘Moonstruck’. Now come on, who could describe this as anything other than completely stunning!?

Hosta ‘Party Popper’, a strongly variegated small variety, derived from the equally lovely ‘Catherine’

Hosta ‘Party Popper’, a strongly variegated small variety, derived from the equally lovely ‘Catherine’

Hosta ‘Catherine’, more subtle than it’s offspring above, but this is subtle and stunning. We love her!

Hosta ‘Catherine’, more subtle than it’s offspring above, but this is subtle and stunning. We love her!

Hosta ‘Stiletto’, unmistakeable and beautiful…and easy!

Hosta ‘Stiletto’, unmistakeable and beautiful…and easy!

Hosta ‘Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’….you gotta love it, even if only for it’s name!

Hosta ‘Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’….you gotta love it, even if only for it’s name!

Hosta ‘Cherry Berry’, one of my personal favourites, quick to grow and very striking.

Hosta ‘Cherry Berry’, one of my personal favourites, quick to grow and very striking.

Hosta ‘Firn Line’, a really unusual colour contrast and sure to be very popular

Hosta ‘Firn Line’, a really unusual colour contrast and sure to be very popular

Hosta ‘Ripple Effect’….no need to explain the name on this one!

Hosta ‘Ripple Effect’….no need to explain the name on this one!

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medium growing hostas

They’re slowly getting bigger…..

The medium group of Hostas, like the breathtaking ‘Autumn Frost’ above, takes us to the plants which will on average, grow to 30-40cm tall, sometimes bigger, sometimes smaller. Like all plants, the size can’t be set in stone. Water, light, soil type, they all play a huge part in how each and every plant grows. Hostas love a deep, rich soil to do best, and with the minimal amount of work you can be the envy of all your gardening friends….. here’s a taste of some of the varieties we’ll be stocking from next Spring 2020….

Hosta ‘Bobcat’, a stronger (tetraploid for you scientists out there) version of ‘Wolverine’. It’s a belter!

Hosta ‘Bobcat’, a stronger (tetraploid for you scientists out there) version of ‘Wolverine’. It’s a belter!

Hosta ‘Christmas Candy’, for those who just can’t wait until 25/12…..

Hosta ‘Christmas Candy’, for those who just can’t wait until 25/12…..

Hosta ‘Enterprise’, another beautiful medium sized grower

Hosta ‘Enterprise’, another beautiful medium sized grower

Hosta ‘Gipsy Rose’, easy, exquisite and unique.

Hosta ‘Gipsy Rose’, easy, exquisite and unique.

Hosta ‘Lakeside Paisley Print’, there really is no other Hosta with markings like this.

Hosta ‘Lakeside Paisley Print’, there really is no other Hosta with markings like this.

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large hostas

Will create real theatre in a pot or in the border….just give them some space to show off!

We’re at the penultimate size…..if size matters. Large Hostas, like ‘Broadway’ above, will fill all but the largest of spaces and come in myriad colour combinations so you can create an ever changing palette of foliage colour in your garden. Here’s a few we’ll be stocking for our 2020 season….

Hosta ‘Captain Kirk’…..just perfect with Hosta ‘Enterprise’!

Hosta ‘Captain Kirk’…..just perfect with Hosta ‘Enterprise’!

Hosta ‘Dream Weaver’….the leaves on this one get big!

Hosta ‘Dream Weaver’….the leaves on this one get big!

Hosta ‘Patriot’….been around for 20 years but still an absolute stunner.

Hosta ‘Patriot’….been around for 20 years but still an absolute stunner.

Hosta ‘Liberty’….personally looking forward to this one more than any other, it’s an awesome variety that always attracts attention.

Hosta ‘Liberty’….personally looking forward to this one more than any other, it’s an awesome variety that always attracts attention.

Hosta ‘Stained Glass’, easy, quick to bulk up, and fragrant flowers too.

Hosta ‘Stained Glass’, easy, quick to bulk up, and fragrant flowers too.

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welcome to the giants

At the risk of sounding sexist….these are the ‘man’ plants

There’s something about ‘BIG’ that appeals to certain people, and we’ve made sure we won’t disappoint. We’ve tracked down a lovely selection of these enormous Hostas which will be sure to make jaw dropping specimens, in huge containers or in well dug borders that will retain adequate moisture. Like the super-reliable ‘Sum & Substance’ pictured above, nothing comes close to these giants….read on!

Hosta ‘Empress Wu’, soon found itself rated as the biggest Hosta there is….we won’t be drawn into an argument, but it’s still up there as one of the very biggest!

Hosta ‘Empress Wu’, soon found itself rated as the biggest Hosta there is….we won’t be drawn into an argument, but it’s still up there as one of the very biggest!

Hosta ‘Earth Angel’, another gargantuan variety…this time with some variegation.

Hosta ‘Earth Angel’, another gargantuan variety…this time with some variegation.

Hosta ‘Sagae’, it’s been around for a good few years but it’s still a sight to see. An amazing variety.

Hosta ‘Sagae’, it’s been around for a good few years but it’s still a sight to see. An amazing variety.

Hosta ‘Winter Snow’, a brilliant variation on ‘Sum & Substance’, with delicate variegation. Stunning.

Hosta ‘Winter Snow’, a brilliant variation on ‘Sum & Substance’, with delicate variegation. Stunning.

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availability and prices

I want to buy some!

Don’t forget these plants won’t be available until we re-open in Spring 2020. For the time being we have maybe 15 varieties in 5 litre pots all priced at £10. All big plants, lovely and healthy.

If you’d like a full listing of our current varieties, or the extended range for next year, please email us on ian@theplantman.net and we’ll send you a list over.

We try, with everything we grow, to be competitive. We guarantee we’ll be cheaper than the specialists who charge £10-15 for the smallest of plants. Alas we are not able to post our plants so they are strictly based on collection from our nursery.

Many thanks!

Ian & Gary