With hostas, it’s all in the details. The casual observer sees only leaves. Lots of boring leaves. But hosta lovers see blue leaves, blue-green leaves, yellow leaves, variegated leaves, deeply corrugated leaves…and so on. ‘Hacksaw’ hosta is a crossover plant—it will appeal both to shoulder-shruggers and hostaphiles. Extremely long, narrow leaves with dramatically undulating piecrust edges make this an eccentric, showy plant that appears to have sprouted hacksaws in place of foliage. It also bears loads of lavender flowers in the summer. ‘Hacksaw’ will stand out whether it’s the lone hosta in a shady flowerbed or one of 50 in a hosta-only garden.
Common name: ‘Hacksaw’ hosta
Botanical name: Hosta ‘Hacksaw’
Plant type: Perennial
Zones: 3 to 9
Height: 9 inches tall, 28 inches wide
• Sun: Full shade to part shade
• Soil: Average, well-drained
• Moisture: Medium to moist
• Mulch: Mulch to preserve moisture in the soil.
• Pruning: None needed.
• Fertilizer: None needed.
• By division
• Plant ‘Hacksaw’ with other shade lovers like coral bells, ferns, foamflower, and hellebores. Since it’s a low-growing plant, put it near the front of the border, where your view of it won’t be blocked by a larger plant.
• Hostas can be used in the shade garden, in a woodland garden, or as a ground cover. Or plant it near your spring bulbs so it hides their fading foliage.
All in the family
• There are about 70 species in the genus Hosta, mostly from Asia and Russia.
• Other familiar members of Liliaceae, the lily family, include amaryllis, asparagus, daffodils, daylilies, garlic, onions, and Solomon’s seal.
Where to buy
• Klehm’s Song Sparrow Nursery, Avalon, WI, 800-553-3715, www.songsparrow.com
• Made in the Shade, Olathe, KS, 913-206-6939, www.hostaguy.com
• Plant Delights Nursery Inc., Raleigh, NC, 919-772-4794, www.plantdelights.com
(Photo of Hosta ‘Hacksaw’ courtesy of Shady Oaks Nursery)