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Sum and Substance

Hosta

Foliage with Flair

Immense, bold, glossy heart shaped leaves with chartreuse color up to 16" across. Leaves become golden in summer or with more light exposure. Pale - lavender flowers on 3' scapes in mid-late summer. Plants can range in height from 3-6' high and 6-10' wide. A beautiful specimen plant or interesting when used in mass or as a drift of color throughout a bed. Thick leaves resist slug damage.

Hosta of the Year, 2004 by the American Hosta Growers Association

Hosta x 'Sum and Substance'

Huge leaves up to 16" across

Hosta of the Year, 2004

Resists slug damage.

One of the biggest, most popular hosta

Immense leathery leaves of chartreuse that become gold as summer approaches

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Sum and Substance

Plant Profile

Plant Type
Herbaceous Perennial
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Average Height
2 - 4'
Average Width
4 - 6'
Average Spacing
4 - 5'
Hardiness Zone
Zones 3 - 9
Plant Habit
Dense, mounding habit
Foliage Description
Immense golden leaves
Flowers
Lavender flowers in mid-summer
More Info
See Features & Uses and General Maintenance above
Sum and Substance

See Features & Uses

Features:

  • Low Maintenance / Easy to care for
  • Excellent foliage color
  • Attracts hummingbirds 

Uses:

  • Containers
  • Mass Planting
  • Borders
  • Woodland Gardens
  • Shade Gardens
Sum and Substance

General Maintenance

Maintenance:

  • For a neat apperance, remove old foliage in early winter when plants are fully dormant and before new leaves emerge.
  • Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring. 
     

Watering & Soil:

  • Best with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat
  • Provide enriched, slightly acidic, evenly moist soil. 
     

Fertilizing:

  • If a soil test indicates deficient nutrients, fertilize by applying general purpose fertilizer in spring as the leaves emerge and once more before flowering. Keep fertilizer granules off leaves to avoid burn.

Tips:

  • Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish roots.
  • Very effective in groups or massed. 

Development Story

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. Hostas also grow well in city environments where the air may be polluted by car exhaust, etc.

Development Story
Care & Planting

Care & Planting

Maintenance:

  • For a neat apperance, remove old foliage in early winter
    when plants are fully dormant 
  • Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring. 
     

Watering & Soil:

  • Best with regular watering - weekly, or more often in
    extreme heat.
  • Provide enriched, slightly acidic, evenly moist soil. 
  • Water deeply and regularly during the first growing
    season to establish roots.
     

See more info under General maintenance above

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