2022 is just around the corner, especially when considering the extended production time it takes to get a premium size Hosta. Therefore, in this article, we highlight 2022 Proven Winners National Hosta of the Year, Shadowland 'Diamond Lake'.
Proven Winners National Plant of the Year program
The Proven Winners National Plant of the Year program selects plants for their exceptional performance. These plants have been chosen for their proven excellence and ability to be used successfully nationwide by growers and gardeners alike. The Hosta of the Year is a division of this program highlighting on of the most popular genus from the Proven Winners Perennial brand.
It's Already Time to Plan for 2022
In order to get a full 1 or 2 gallon container, the best time to plant this perennial is June 2021. Planting in June will allow ample time under long summer days for 'Diamond Lake' to develop roots. Overwintering is the final step towards a full container worthy of a premium price.
What sets 'Diamond Lake' apart
'Diamond Lake' is the first big blue Hosta to earn the Proven Winners stamp of approval. "Attractive, heart-shaped, thick and heavily corrugated blue leaves have wavy margins. The large size of this plant also translates to large leaves, which can get up to 9 inches wide by 11 inches long. Growers will be delighted by the vigor of this plant finishing out containers and delight in the thick, slug-resistant foliage."
'Diamond Lake' has been quickly adopted throughout our industry. "Backed by Proven Winners' National Plant of the Year marketing campaign, it will be one of the most visible perennials to home gardeners next year. Through this campaign, 'Diamond Lake' will be featured during peak season in ads, billboards, on social media, and through various sponsorships as well. In 2022 when Proven Winners promotes perennials, they will start with this plant."