|Hosta 'Candy Hearts' in full autumn color with Corylus avellana 'Red Majestic'|
All year long, I mostly ignore Hosta 'Candy Hearts', but in October and November, it demands attention as its plain green leaves morph into sold gold. (See above image.) Even before the leaves fully turn, the rising autumnal hints of Hosta foliage coloration are entrancing.
|Hosta 'Krossa Regal' reaching its full color potential.|
|Hosta 'Maui Buttercups' at peak coloration|
While this is pretty special, the variegated Hostas can be even better.
|Hosta 'Dream Weaver'|
|Hosta 'Olive Bailey Langdon' at peak color|
|Hosta 'Sweet Home Chicago'|
There is one caveat - these leaves have been around all summer, so any damage from hail or slugs can mar the show. (None of these images have been altered.)
|Hosta 'Striptease in bottom right, with Cornus alternifolia in back|
this is just another reason to see out slug-resistant cultivars, such as the unbeatable 'June',
|Hostas 'Krossa Regal' in front and 'Olive Bailey Langdon'|