Everybody likes to know the Top Ten of this or that in all walks of
life and hosta gardening is no exception.
The American Hosta Society
has been polling its membership periodically to assess the relative
popularity of hosta cultivars.
This started sporadically as far back
as 1975 and has been a yearly activity of the
AHS since 1992.
Society members were asked to fill out a form naming their top
hostas. Each ranking was rated and tabulated by someone in the AHS.
For the past decade or two, that person has been
Dr. Bob Olson, a past
President of The American Hosta Society.
The results are published in an edition of
The Hosta Journal.
As the popularity of smaller hostas
began to climb, it became apparent that a separate poll was needed
for small and miniature hostas. So, in 2003, a separate poll was
started in order to identify the top five to ten "small" hostas for that year.
We have compiled Hosta Popularity
Poll listings from the AHS website and from our old copies of The
Hosta Journal. If you happen to be aware of any polls that we have
please let us know.
According to the polls we have
accumulated, 118 different hostas have been named at least once as
being in the top 20 or 25 hostas in a particular year. There have
been well over 600 placements so that means that many hostas have
been listed multiple times over the years. For instance H.
'Aureomarginata' has been listed in 28 polls while H. 'Sagae'
and H. 'Sum
and Substance' have each appeared for 27 years of the 29 years
for which we have poll data.
For more on the
individual hostas and their placements...click
Small Hosta Poll - Beginning in
2003, a second poll has been taken which includes only "small" hostas. For a summary of results...click
Popular Hostas in
Russia - We came across a small poll taken in Russia.