Hosta Great Expectations Description
It's no wonder Hosta Great Expectations has been a favorite shade perennial for so many years.
This charmer has thick textured, slug resistant, golden-yellow leaves with attractive margins display an array of color from blue, teal and green that is sure to snare its share of attention.
Enjoy white flowers on upright stalks in early summer. Great Expectations may be a bit unhurried to obtain mature form, but it certainly is worth the wait.
Grow Hostas in Shade to Partial Shade (morning sun/afternoon shade) Hostas grow best in rich, moisture retentive soil, but can tolerate a range of soil conditions.
Grows over 20 inches high and 24 inches across, so give Great Expectations a medium size area in garden plans and designs. Its habit lends well beneath the feet of taller shrubs such as Endless Summer Hydrangea, other shade loving shrubs, and smaller trees. Also combines well with color Heuchera, and shade loving Hellebore.
Special Features: Cold Hardy, Cut Flower, Cut Foliage, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Foliage Interest, Heat Tolerant, Moisture Tolerant, Rabbit Resistant, Variegated
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- Botanical Name:
Hosta 'Great Expectations'
- Common Name:
- Sun Exposure:
Shade, Part Shade
- Ship Form:
- Soil Type:
Normal, Sandy, Clay
- Soil Moisture:
- Height x Width:
15" X 20"
- Flower Color:
- Foliage Color:
Yellow with blue/green margins
- Bloom Season:
Accent, Border, Container Gardening, Foundation Planting, Massing, Specimen, Woodland
- Cannot Ship to:
AK,CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #: None
Ideas and How-to's
Recommended for You:
Soil: Evenly moist, organically rich, slightly acid, well-drained soils.
Light: Part shade to full shade -- Best in part shade (some morning sun or sun dappled conditions).
Water: Medium -- Established plants have some tolerance for dry shade (particularly plants with thick leaves), but soils should never be allowed to dry out. Water is best applied directly to the soil beneath the leaves.
Spacing: 0.75 to 1.00 feet
Fertilizing: Light application of time release fertilizer, or side-dress with compost and organic amendments when new growth appears in early spring.
Winterizing: Foliage should be cut back to the ground in the fall. Provide a winter mulch of evergreen boughs, 2" of leaves or salt marsh hay after the ground freezes to help prevent heaving, and protect the shallow crowns.
Maintenance & Pruning: GreatGardenPlants.com offers slug-proof varieties. However, there may be regions of the country where the environment is conducive to slugs. Slugs are the bane of Hostas; use slug bait, dishes of beer, and diatomaceous earth to discourage them. Groom plants by removing yellow or dead leaves and cut flower spikes back as they finish blooming in summer.
ReviewsWrite a reviewHostasPhillip B | Apr 25, 2016Highest praises to all at GGP. Order arrived on time, and all 12 hosta's were perfect, healthy, and with no issues at all, not even one cracked or brown tipped leaf. Thank you!!