Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hosta of the Day - 'Elkhart Lake'

I don't know if I have revealed this secret yet, but I sometimes just buy hostas for their names.  I know what you are thinking.....really, you buy a plant just for it's name?   Yes, it's true, I am a hostaholic and I admit it.  I bet it's a real surprise to those of you who follow my blog.

Growing up I spent a lot of time in the summer swimming in Elkhart Lake (I'm sure this hosta is not named after this lake).  My mom was a school secretary and had her summers off.  So we would go to Elkhart Lake at least once a week.  There was a public swimming area there complete with a concession stand full of ice cream and candy.  It was a great sandy beach, and I would spend only enough time out of the water to gobble down some lunch.  So when I saw the name on this hosta, I just had to have it no matter what it looked like.

'Elkhart Lake' is a medium to large hosta with large green leaves.  It has white undersides and large lavender colored flowers.   The leaves also have a wavy margin.  Pair this one with white margined or gold colored hostas.

'Elkhart Lake' 2009
'Elkhart Lake' 2011


Gardens at Waters East said...

Thought I would check in with you today. I have been to Elkhart Lake many times, beautiful and super clean. Glad to know others buy plants for their names too!! You caught me! Great. Jack

Hosta Nerd said...

Hey Jack,
Great to hear from you! Hope you are having a great winter!