Step into the world of full sun hostas with Hosta ‘Guacamole.’ This hosta variety offers variegated leaves in green shades. Bright apple green fills the center of leaves, while deeper green paints leaf margins. The coloring resembles a sliced avocado, so the plant breeder named it ‘Guacamole’ hosta. Leaves also feature deep ribs, which introduce strong texture to the garden.
Introduced in 1994, Hosta ‘Guacamole’ quickly became a favorite among growers and gardeners. In 2002, it was named Hosta of the Year by the American Hosta Growers. Hosta ‘Guacamole’ grows quickly in the garden. Expect a mature clump to measure up to 4 feet across and 2 feet high. ‘Guacamole’ hosta isn’t a fussy, demanding perennial, but thrives readily in Zones 3 to 9.
In addition to its easy growing nature, another thing that’s earned Hosta ‘Guacamole’ rave reviews is its fragrant flowers. In late summer, large white flowers open on stalks that stand on 3-foot stems, towering above mounding leaves. The blooms are fragrant, releasing a sweet perfume into the garden that hangs on humid summer air. If you have several ‘Guacamole’ hosta plants, snip a few of the flower stems and slip into a vase to fill your home with the fabulous fragrance.
Hosta ‘Guacamole’ falls into a group known as full sun hostas. These hostas can withstand more direct sun than other hostas—up to four hours of sun as far south as Zone 6. No hosta can really withstand the full sun of hotter zones. Even with its sun tolerant hosta reputation, it’s a good idea to place ‘Guacamole’ hosta where it will receive morning sun and be protected from direct sun during the hottest hours of the day. If your Hosta ‘Guacamole’ receives much direct sun, be sure to provide plenty of water and a thick mulch layer to help plants withstand extended sun hours.
If you like the looks of ‘Guacamole’ hosta, you should check out some of its offspring, known as sports in the botanical world. Hosta ‘Guacamole’ sports include Hosta ‘August Moon,’ with pale green to gold leaves that are broad and puckered, and Hosta ‘Stained Glass,’ with gold leaves accented by green margins. Hosta ‘Fried Bananas’ unfurls glossy gold leaves that glow in the garden. Each of these sports also fits into the group of sun tolerant hostas.
There are a few other sports of Hosta ‘Guacamole’ that are not sun tolerant hostas. These include ‘Holy Mole’ hosta, which has the same leaf coloring as ‘Guacamole’, except the dark green margins are up to 2 inches wide. Hosta ‘Avocado’ looks very similar to ‘Holy Mole,’ except that ‘Avocado’ leaves have a shiny sheen.