Spring Garden Tips

Hosta, Funkia, Plantain Lily

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Botanical Name

Hosta

Hardiness

Zones 3 to 8

Height

2 to 36 inches plus

Width

3 to 72 inches

Flowers

Most June thru July, some September to October: white, lavender, purple

Light

Part to full shade

Soil

Moist, well-drained, adaptable

Planting and Care

Space plants 12 to 36 inches apart.

Divide in late spring or early summer.

Mulch to prevent frost heaving.

Problems

Slugs, earwigs, deer, rabbits, voles, anthracnose, scorch in sun and drought, late spring frost damage

Varieties to Consider

'Guacamole - 24"x54", shiny, gold centered, green margined leaves, fragrant lavender flowers

June - 15"x30", yellow-green leaves irregularly rimmed with blue, slug resistant, bluish-lavender flowers

Prairie Sky - 18"x30", puckered powdery blue leaves

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