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Hosta

Hosta, or plantain lily, is a traditional shade garden favorite because its fantastic display of foliage gives color and texture to gardens from mid-spring until fall. Hosta has a mounded growth habit and is ideal for a specimen plant, border, foundation, edging or woodland setting. It may also be used in rock gardens, near pools, and as ground covers. It is a near perfect perennial requiring very little maintenance and is nearly pest free.

Hosta is distinguished by its large clumps of basal leaves with pronounced veining and smooth or wavy edges. The leaves come in various shades of green, often with variegations. Lily-like flowers on tall stems (or scapes) in white and lavender bloom from late spring to late summer. Their size and shape vary tremendously, with petite types a few inches tall at one end of the scale and giants the size of a large barrel at the other.

Hosta performs well in sun but prefers a shady location. Yellow to gold leafed varieties need more sun to maintain their color, and the variegated types will do better in partial shade rather than dense shade. They seldom need maintenance except to cut out the old flower stalks. They prefer a well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0-6.5. Plants may be divided every few years or left undisturbed indefinitely. Hosta goes completely dormant in the fall, and the dying foliage can be removed any time before mid-spring.

To plant bare root perennials, dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the eyes (tender white or purple swellings protruding from the crown area) are about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.

Supplied as 1-2 eye bare root. Tags are included with bare root perennials from DeGroot.

ORDER MINIMUM: A $225.00 minimum order on items supplied by DeGroot is required. Orders not meeting the minimum will be charged a $25 handling fee.

SHIPPING INFO: Once your order is processed, product starts shipping in early February unless you specify a later ship week in the Order Notes field at checkout. Shipments continue through late spring until product is sold out. Please see individual product pages for more information and any state restrictions.

Hosta Albo Picta
Hosta Albo Picta

Hosta August Moon
Hosta August Moon

Hosta Aureo Marginata
Hosta Aureo Marginata

Hosta Blue Angel
Hosta Blue Angel

Hosta Blue Cadet
Hosta Blue Cadet

Hosta Bressingham Blue
Hosta Bressingham Blue

Hosta Fire and Ice
Hosta Fire and Ice

Hosta Fragrant Bouquet
Hosta Fragrant Bouquet

Hosta Francee
Hosta Francee

Hosta Frances William
Hosta Frances William

Hosta Golden Tiara
Hosta Golden Tiara

Hosta Guacamole
Hosta Guacamole

Hosta Honeybells
Hosta Honeybells

Hosta Krossa Regal
Hosta Krossa Regal

Hosta Patriot
Hosta Patriot

Hosta Sum and Substance
Hosta Sum and Substance

Hosta Undulata  Albo Marginata
Hosta Undulata Albo Marginata

Hosta Undulata Medio Variegata
Hosta Undulata Medio Variegata

Hosta Variegated Mix
Hosta Variegated Mix

Hosta Wide Brim
Hosta Wide Brim


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