Hosta 'Sun Mouse' Description
Hostas have been widely recognized for their tough disposition and rich foliage color, unequaled by any other shade loving plant. There is nothing quite like hosta Sun Mouse. Ideal plant for small spaces or container gardening providing visual excitement with its sunshine glowing foliage
At just 6" tall with a neat, mounded habit, 'Sun Mouse' hosta eventually reaches about 12" wide. Leaves may look soft as butter, but in fact are tough and durable holding up under heat, humidity and severe weather while resisting pesty slugs. Stylish leaf shape is said to resemble that of a mouse, hence its name. For a blue version that makes a nifty companion, check out 'Blue Mouse Ears' hosta.
Tough and durable, it keeps it's good looks through the season. Plant in an area where it gets some sun during the day, and it will bring out its most brilliant yellow hues.
How to grow hosta
Grow hostas in shade to partial shade (morning sun/afternoon shade). Morning sun brings out the best gold color in 'Sun Mouse'. Hostas will develop in luxuriant clumps if provided a rich , moist soil. They need ample space, and about 2-3 years of undisturbed growth in a single location to develop in truly handsome clumps. They are best known for troubled spots where other plants are difficult to establish. Highly adaptable to wet or soggy soil. Hostas will also grow in dry shade, but may be smaller in size, unless amended with good organic matter and more water.
Designing with hostas
Plant in drifts, or use as an edging plant where it's terrific for narrow, or small space areas. Showiest when planted in groups of 3 or more.
Terrific for miniature gardens, fairy gardens, urban gardens, or anywhere you want a nice glow of color. Try a contrasting using a colored container (blue or black) for a complimentary splash of colors.
Hostas are extremely easy to grow in pot, planters and other containers, providing a sense of greenery on terraces and patios. Select larger pots, and combine with other shade loving plants. Use different textures and forms will keep your containers interesting. Dark hued heucheras combine well with gold hostas. Gold-hued perennials such as acorus or carex combine well with green or blue foliage plants. For added color, include bulbs such as caladiums and begonia.
Cut foliage in spring and early summer for long lasting, fresh arrangements.
Think foliage color to keep any shade garden interesting throughout the season, and brighten up a dreary bed or border.
Special features: Cold hardy, Cut flower, Cut foliage, Drought tolerant, Easy care, Foliage interest, Heat tolerant, Moisture tolerant, Rabbit resistant
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- Botanical name:
Hosta 'Sun Mouse'
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- Sun exposure:
Shade, Part shade
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- Soil type:
Normal, Sandy, Clay
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- Height x width:
4-6" X 12"
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- Bloom season:
Accent, alpine and rock, Border, Container gardening, Edging, Ground cover, Massing, Rock garden, Small spaces, Woodland
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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.
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