There was a lot of interest in my last column about shade gardening, which reminded me: a couple of months back, the good folks from Scotts were looking for a gardening project to support in Boston, and I recommended the Southwest Corridor Park Conservancy, which supports a 50 acre parkway that winds from Boston’s Back Bay all the way to Jamaica Plain. As part of this effort, I agreed to spend the morning weeding and working, and while working amongst the shrubberies, I encountered the most intriguing plant: Hosta ‘Praying Hands’, which I think is one of the more spectacular hosta to come along in a long time. (Others think so too, I gather: it was just voted 2011 Hosta of the Year.) With foliage that reminds me of green calla lilies, this striking plant grow to just 15″ tall and 30″ wide, making quite a dramatic statement in the garden. You see, good deeds do get rewarded, for now my morning spent with the Conservancy has provided a real charmer in my garden for years to come.