Hosta Sagae

After several years of anticipation, the second Benedict Medal for Garden Performance Hosta has been announced by the American Hosta Society.

Hosta 'Sagae'

'Sagae' is a hosta whose creamy leaf edges become brighter over the course of the season.

‘Sagae’ (AHS 1996) will grow 30 inches high by 70 inches wide. The large heart-shaped leaves are 13 inches long by 11 inches wide. They emerge in the spring with creamy yellow margins that become creamy white later in the season. Lavender flowers appear on 48-inch scapes from July into August.

AHS judges from across the country selected this year’s winner. The process involves hostas being nominated by the plants’ originators and the AHS board of directors. Out of a list of 15 honorable mention hostas, a “top 10” are picked to receive an Award of Merit. Garden Performance Judges then choose one of these hostas to be given the Benedict Medal for Garden Performance.

The award was named in honor of pioneer hosta hybridizer Dr. Herb Benedict from Michigan, who introduced many beautiful and distinctive hostas in the 1990s.

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2 thoughts on “Hosta Sagae

  1. Dear folks at Horticulture,

    Glad to see you’ve got the revamped website on line, and I hope to check it out often. One issue however with the image of Hosta ‘Sagae’. After clicking on the small thumbnail image, it launches the full size image in the same window (might be better as a popup window, so the reader does not lose focus on the article), but the full size image is a whopping 3.7 Megabytes in size, and as displayed on the web at 72 dpi, the image is 48″ wide x 32″ tall dimensionally, requiring scrolling to view the image. I also noticed that even with my highspeed cable connection, the image was slow to download. A raw digital camera photo of 3.7 MB size is HUGE by any standard, and is too large to be viewed quickly and properly. I recommend downsizing any full size image to be no larger than 800 x 600 pixels x 72 dpi (equivalent to approx 11″ x 8.25″ x 72 dpi) and launched in a separate window. Oversized images will be a definite turnoff for readers, particularly those readers on slower internet connections such as DSL.


    Mark McDonough

    • Hi, Mark. Thank you so much for visiting our new site and taking the time to leave a comment. I took your advice and adjusted the image so that it loads quicker and now opens in a new window should the viewer click on it. Aside from giving a whole new “look” to, this website also uses a different program than our old site, so there’s a bit of a learning curve for this editor! Thank you for the pointers.
      —Meghan Shinn, editor

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