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Hosta 'Sum & Substance'

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Shade to Part Sun
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Garden Height:
22 Inches
Garden Spread:
48 Inches
  • Giant sized Hosta--one of the biggest out there!
  • Huge golden leaves 
  • Hosta of the Year, 2004

Massive leaves are different shades of bright green depending on light exposure. The colors range from chartruese to light green to gold. The foliage is glossy, corrugated, and of good substance, giving it great slug resistance. The pretty lavender flowers are on tall, thin stalks and attract hummingbirds. Its large leaves make a dramatis impact in the garden and provide excellent cover for dying bulb foliage in the summer. An outstanding plant that leaves a lasting impression. Voted one of the three best Hosta varieties in an American Hosta Society poll! Winner of the Royal Horticultural Society's 'Award of Garden Merit'.

Uses: Beds, Borders, Landscapes, Cut Flower, Woodland Gardens
Nature Attraction: Butterflies
Growth Habit: Mounding

Homeowner Growing Tips: Hostas grow best in moist, well-drained soil with high organic content and slightly acidic to neutral pH. They prefer slightly sandy soil over heavy clays as they need aeration for the roots. Grow in high-filtered or dappled sunlight--they can tolerate morning sun but not hot afternoon sun. Hostas are prone to slugs and deer browsing, though some kinds with thicker foliage may not be damaged as badly. Apply slug bait in early spring before the leaves have unfurled to prevent damage. Divide large clumps, if necessary, in spring when sprouts appear, or late summer. Remove dead foliage from the garden in late fall to early winter.

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