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The Hosta Handbook

Q & Z Nursery introduces
The Hosta Handbook
by Mark R. Zilis

The Hosta Handbook provides a comprehensive review of 278 horticulturally significant types of hostas. Included are the most popular cultivars, traditional landscaping hostas, and important species. Highlights include complete descriptions of the Tardiana Series and the Iron Gate Series, as well as hostas related to H. 'Fortunei', H. montana, H. plantaginea, H. sieboldiana, H. sieboldii, H. 'Tokudama', and
H. 'Undulata'.

Introductory chapters describe the history of hostas, taxonomy of the genus Hosta, the American Hosta Society, how to grow hostas, what to plant with hostas, and how to propagate, hybridize, and select mutants. Then each hosta is examined in great detail. Mound dimensions are listed. Leaf size, color, shape, texture, substance, and

vein pairs are described. Flowering habits such as time of bloom, flower color and size, scape height, and pod formation are also included. A "Comments" section covers each plant's origins, any AHS registration information, possible usage in the landscape, and the author's opinions. Over 1300 more hostas are briefly described in "Seedlings, Sports, and Other Related Types" and "Other Similar Types" sections.

Other features of The Hosta Handbook are the 300 color photographs, an extensive Hosta Name Index (with references to proper nomenclature), and the "Hosta Problem Solving Guide". The latter identifies 15 basic problems afflicting hostas and how to control them.

The Hosta Handbook can be thought of as a field guide to hostas and is meant to be carried around in the garden. The 4 1/4" wide by 9" long format lends itself to this purpose. All in all, The Hosta Handbook will be useful to the most experienced hosta aficionado, as well as beginners, enthusiastic gardeners, nurserymen and taxonomists alike.

About the Author
Mark Zilis is the owner of Q & Z Nursery, Inc., Rochelle, IL, a leading supplier of hostas to the wholesale nursery market. Mark received a B.S. in ornamental horticulture in 1976 and an M.S. in horticulture in 1979 from the University of Illinois. He has been an active member of the American Hosta Society since 1980, serving on its Board of Directors, judging leaf shows, and as an auctioneer at its national conventions. Mark has studied hostas in gardens throughout the U.S. and during two trips to Japan. He has also been a leader in the development of plant tissue culture techniques and is a frequent speaker on the subject as well as a number of topics related to hostas, herbaceous perennials and wildflowers. Over the last 15 years, Mark has introduced over fifty varieties of hostas including 'Sugar and Cream', H. montana 'Mountain Snow', 'Pineapple Upsidedown Cake', 'Dust Devil', 'Leather Sheen', and 'Summer Breeze'.

Available through Q & Z Nursery, Inc.
The Hosta Handbook by Mark R. Zilis, © 2000, 4-1/4" by 9", 600 pages, 300 color photos, wire-o bound, laminated soft cover, $34.95. Three easy ways to order:

  • Call toll free 1-877-588-4040 to place your order. We accept Visa or MasterCard.
  • To order by mail or fax send completed order form with payment (charge card, check or money order) to:
Q & Z Nursery, Inc.
11409 East Flagg Road
Rochelle, IL 61068

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