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The Miniature Hosta of Wolfgang Putz

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Hosta and Images by Wolfgang Putz

Austrian, Wolfgang Putz, is an accomplished bonsai artist and cultivates many species of flowering and decorative plants besides bonsai. Wolfgang is a remarkable presence in the world of bonsai, his work with kusamono and bonsai is recognized and respected around the globe. He has been published in many English and German publications, won numerous awards, and is an active collector of yamadori. His gallery of Kusamono and his gallery of Bonsai here at the Art of Bonsai project highlights his diverse talent in this art form.

Hosta

The more than 40 species of Hosta, which can be found in Asia, are so far subdivided in more than 3500 - 4000 different, registered varieties.

Hosta grow as tuft like bushes with leaves coming out of the ground, which differ in shape and colour: from slender to long and expanded, heart-like or more rounded, in green, blue and also with yellow and white stripes. The flowers used to grow high up from the bushes and their colors are violet, blue or white.

They love peaty and well draining soil and a place covered against wind in half shade. If they are watered regularly, they don't worry about a bit more sun.

Their special qualities are the wonderful leaves and the beautiful flowers, and because of that they have been known in Japan as garden plants for centuries and collected by enthusiasts, especially in the USA, intensively.

The only real problem is that snails love Hostas. - But that shouldn't keep you away from using this wonderful perennial in your garden.

To be planted in accent pots the dwarfed varieties are more interesting: Absolutely fantastic varieties are (dwarfed and with colored leaves) 'Little Wonder', 'Cats Eye', 'Cotillian', 'Kabitan', 'Masquerade', 'Cameo', 'Little White Lines', 'Ginko Craig', Alan P. McConell', 'Green Eyes', 'Rheingold', 'Pandoras Box', 'Twist of Lime', 'Kinbotan' etc.

However, some other Varieties with leaves in one colour look good. - With green leaves there are i.e. Hosta venusta, Hosta kikutti, 'Laura', Kifukurin', 'Japangirl', 'Moegi Kifukurin Akikaze', 'Japanboy', 'Thumb Nail' etc. - With yellow leaves there are 'Hydon Sunset', Feather Boa', 'Laterna Magica', 'Ground Sulfur', 'Inca Gold'. . .and with silver leaves are 'Gray Beauty', 'Popo', 'Blue Boy'. . .'Snowflakes' shows wonderful, pure white flowers and 'Tortifrons' has interesting small leaves.

I have been collecting Hosta since the spring of 2000 and have wonderful varieties from collectors and nurseries in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Great Britain, and the United States. You can find more than 170 different "mini" Hostas - planted with a mixture of akadama and peat (1:1) in nice accent pots from Cecilia & Dan Barton (GB.), Silvia Weber & Petra Hahn (D.), and Horst Heinzlreiter (AUT.) in my collection that I keep between my bonsai trees.

Sure, these accent plants are not really to use for the traditional Japanese bonsai presentation in the tokonoma but they are really nice in the bonsai garden.

Have fun with these wonderful plants!

- Wolfgang Putz

Hosta 'White Christmas'

Hosta 'White Christmas'

 

Hosta 'Yellow Splash'

Hosta 'Yellow Splash Rim'

 

Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears'

Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears'

 

Hosta 'Gold Drop'

Hosta 'Gold Drop'

 

Wolfgang Putz Personal Collection

Wolfgang Putz Personal Collection

Wolfgang Putz Personal Collection

Wolfgang Putz Personal Collection

 

Wolfgang Putz Personal Collection

Wolfgang Putz Personal Collection

 

Wolfgang Putz Personal Collection

Wolfgang Putz Personal Collection

 

Hosta 'Laceside Baby Face'

Hosta 'Laceside Baby Face'

 

Hosta 'Ki Nakafu Otome'

Hosta 'Ki Nakafu Otome'

 

Hosta 'Platinum Tiara'

Hosta 'Platinum Tiara'

 

Hosta 'Stiletto'

Hosta 'Stiletto'

 

Hosta 'Blue Moon'

Hosta 'Blue Moon'

 

Hosta 'Cats Eye'

Hosta 'Cats Eye'

 

Hosta 'Lemon Frost'

Hosta 'Lemon Frost'

 

Hosta 'Pandoras Box'

Hosta 'Pandoras Box'

 

Hosta 'Remember Me'

Hosta 'Remember Me'

 



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