Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Zone 3 Plants: Hosta 'Gold Standard'

Description: Hostas are exceedingly popular perennials in today's gardens due to their versatility in the landscape. Their subtle colors, tall flower scapes, and broad, coarse leaves fill a niche in garden designs that few other plants can achieve. Their large leaves provide excellent coverage for dying bulb foliage. Hostas also grow well in city environments where the air may be polluted by car exhaust, etc.

Hardy: Zone 3

Bloom Time: Mid-July/mid-August, pale lavender,

Height: 22 to 36-inch high scapes, but leaves get to around 12'' - 16''

Spacing: 36'' apart

Sun Needs: Low (Part shade)

Water Needs:

Outstanding Features: Fast grower, fills in dead boring spaces fantastically.

Uses: Border, rock garden.

Tips: If you have a large hosta you want to split dig up in spring before the leaves come up. Get as deep as you can without disturbing the root system and split your plant as desired. The size of the leaves are directly related to how large the root system is.

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