2002 AHGA Hosta of the Year (American Hosta Growers Association)
2009 AHS Benedict Garden Performance Award of Merit
2006 AHS Benedict Garden Performance Honorable Mention Award
Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.
Hosta ‘Guacamole’ was introduced by Bob Solberg of Green Hills Farm in North Carolina in 1994. It is a reverse sport of Hosta ‘Fragrant Bouquet’ and a descendant of Hosta plantaginea.
Hosta ‘Guacamole’ had been on my wishlist for a long time so I was very glad to see Lowe’s had several to choose from in 2014. Of course, I brought one home. It is really a nice plant what kind of chartreuse green in the center with darker green irregular margins.
This Hosta turned out to be a very robust grower for sure.
My Hosta ‘Guacamole’ produced its first flower here in July. The flowers are white with a hint of lavender. The buds have more color.
Family: Asparagaceae (formerly in Liliaceae).
Origin: Introduced by Bob Solberg in 1994.
Zones: USDA Zones 3a-8b (-40 to 15° F).
Size: 22” tall x 36” PLUS if not divided.
Spacing: 24” apart.
Flowers: White with a lavender tint in mid to late summer on 36” stems.
Leaves: AWESOME light and dark green combination.
Light: Light to full shade.
Soil: Prefers moist, well-drained soil.
Water: Average water needs once established.
Propagation: Division every 3-5 years.
Uses: Attracts hummingbirds, shade garden, containers, etc.
Tolerates: Dry shade and high humidity.
Resistant: Information suggests this cultivar is not slug resistant.
We made it through our first year without any problems
Hosta ‘Guacamole’ was one of the first Hosta to emerge in the spring of 2016.
Sometimes the variegation is barely visible. It depends on how much light it gets and the time of the season.
Hosta ‘Guacamole’ leaves can get up to 11″ long x 8″ wide.
According to information online, Hosta ‘Guacamole’ is not usually considered slug or snail resistant. Slugs have not been a problem here.
Seedlings of Hosta ‘Guacamole’ are very variable. According to The Hosta Helper, there are 11 registered sports of Hosta ‘Guacamole’ and one registered seedling.
For some reason, I didn’t get many photos taken in 2016…
Well, we made it through another winter. Hosta ‘Guacamole’ is once again ready for summer.
This cultivar always looks great with its two shades of medium green. Sometimes you can hardly see the variegation.
I am running but of words already but you can view the photos and see what a great plant this Hosta is.
The fireflies like resting on the Hosta during the day.
As cooler temperatures came the Hosta began showing signs that winter was right around the corner. Hosta ‘Guacamole’ did very well and I am looking forward to 2018.
After a very cold early January I was glad to see a few Hosta peeking through as I dug around in the leaf mulch on March 3.
Cold temperatures wanted to hang on as long as it could, so many perennials were slow to get growing once they did come up.
I noticed the Hosta ‘Red October’ (to the right of H. ‘Guacamole’) was having a difficult time, and even H. ‘Guacamole’ didn’t seem like its usual self. I decided I would move H. ‘Red October’ like I did H. ‘Krossa Regal’ in 2017 because it was having an issue in this spot. Upon further investigation, I found out that there were mole runs right under them. Their roots were barely in any soil. So, I completely moved H. ‘Red October’ and replaced it with the new H. ‘Sum and Substance’ once the mole runs were eliminated. I dug Hosta ‘Guacamole’ up and dealt with the mole run then decided I would divide it in half. I left one part in the old spot then…
I put the other part in the spot where the Hosta ‘Rainforest Sunrise’ had been since it didn’t survive the winter.
It didn’t take me long to realize I didn’t like it in two locations. It is much easier taking photos and keeping track of the individual cultivars when they are in the same spot.
I measured the Hosta on June 20 and 21 for a post and Hosta ‘Guacamole’ #1 measured 11″ tall x 18″ wide.
#2 measured 9″ tall x 19″ wide.
The leaves of Hosta ‘Guacamole are a nice medium green with a narrow irregular darker green margin. The largest leaf is 5 1/4″ wide x 7″ long. The leaves change color somewhat during the summer.
Sometimes I run out of words but I take photos anyway…
We had a worse Japanese Beetle invasion in 2018 than in 2017 which changed the shady area where the Hosta beds are to more sun. The beds are under two Chinese Elms which the beetles love. They didn’t bother the maple. Besides having to water more often, some of their leaves started burning. That doesn’t make for very good photos so I didn’t take any more after July 29.
I checked to see what Hosta was coming up on March 7 but I didn’t see any Hosta ‘Guacamole’ sprouts yet. Then, on March 10 I checked again and found it. I had divided this clump last spring and put one in another location. I couldn’t find the other one even on March 10.
Then, on March 24, I checked on the Hosta that I couldn’t see before. That’s when I realized I had been looking about a foot to close to the old fish pool. Not only did I find ‘Guacamole’ #2, I also found the other Hosta I couldn’t find before. They were in front of their labels instead of behind them…
I am going to put the Hosta ‘Guacamole back together. I don’t like them in two different locations and calling them #1 and #2. 🙂
When I was taking photos on April 7, I decided it was a good time to put the two clumps of Hosta ‘Guacamole’ back together. That will be much better.
The Hosta ‘Guacamole’ is growing right along now. Soon, it will be as beautiful as ever!
Even better now!
By May 5, temps had been getting warm enough for the Hosta to start growing much better.
By May 25, the Hosta were all looking GREAT!
August 11 was the last day I took photos of the plants in the shade bed in 2019. They had a great summer despite the Japanese Beetle invasion which wasn’t bad in 2019 as it was in 2018. It wasn’t as bad in 2019 because I had a trap right next to the shade beds. I had to keep an eye on them and water a little more often.
Spring was in the air when the above photo was taken on March 30 and the Hosta have been “working on it”. Most of them have been poking out of the ground for a while and now are beginning to turn green. They are a bit slow sometimes when cool temps linger, but as soon as it gets warm enough they will start growing better. It seems like they are waiting for the perfect opportunity.
By May 15, the Hosta were well underway and looking great.
I was fairly busy over the summer in 2020 so I didn’t get to take many photos. The plants in the shade bed did very well and we had rain off and on. Luckily, we didn’t have much of a problem with the Japanese Beetles like in 2018 and 2019, so the shade beds stayed shady…
2021 Wasn’t a good year for the Hosta here. Normally, the deer only nibble on the H. ‘Potomac Pride’ when the Hosta start growing in the spring then leave them alone. In 2021, they kept eating their leaves and wouldn’t let several of them grow. HOPEFULLY, they won’t be a problem in 2022.
Hosta ‘Guacamole’ has definitely become one of my favorite Hosta along with most of the others I have grown. I have never had any problems with it at all.
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