Hosta 'Waterslide' Description
Hosta 'Waterslide' is a unique shade perennial from Proven Winners. It may just be one of the most unusual - and beautiful - hostas ever!
Why? It is characterized by very wavy, ruffled leaves with an unusual silvery steel blue hue. Its leaves look like a talented seamstress carefully pleated or gathered a piece of fabric, and the results are stunning!
Very thick textured leaves give this hosta great form and presence in the garden all season long. The thick foliage doesn't just look nifty in the garden - it's also far less appealing to pesky slugs.
'Waterslide' is a medium-sized hosta that reaches 14" tall and 32" wide. Tuck it in anywhere it gets some afternoon shade. Makes a refreshingly unique choice for containers, too! 2' spikes of light lavender flowers in mid-summer.
Hostas are happiest in a rich, moisture retentive soil, but tolerate a wide range of soil conditions - the more water they get, the more sun they can take.
Hostas are easy to grow and reliable shade perennials. They provide eye-appealing, season long foliage interest, increase in size every year, and require practically zero maintenance.
A Proven Winners selection, which means Waterslide has been extensively trialed and tested before coming to market.
Use in containers or combine with colorful heucheras, hardy ferns, or hydrangeas.
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:
- Common name:
Hosta, Funkia, Plantain lily
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
- Sun exposure:
Shade, Part shade
- Ship form:
- Soil type:
Moderate to moist soils
- Soil moisture:
- Height x width:
14" x 32"
- Flower color:
- Foliage color:
Steely blue-silver - very unique color
- Bloom season:
Accent, Border, Container gardening, Foundation planting, Massing, Specimen, Woodland
- Cannot ship to:
AK,CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #:30,303
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Soil: Average to moist soils, high in organic matter (compost, manure) are best.
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: 3 feet
Fertilizing: Apply a layer of compost or rotted manure in spring - this helps retain moisture and enriches soil.
Winterizing: Mulch or cover the crowns of the plants with cut branches or dry leaves in winter. Foliage dies back after a severe frost and usually does not need to be manually removed.
Maintenance & pruning: 'Waterslide' hosta resists slug damage better than other varieties. However, in regions of the country where the environment is conducive to slugs, use slug bait, dishes of beer, and diatomaceous earth to discourage them. Tip: put slug bait down in late winter/very early spring to kill the tiny ones hatching out at that time. Groom plants by removing yellow or dead leaves, and cut flower spikes back as they finish blooming in summer. Hosta leaves are very nice added to arrangements - simply cut off leaves as necessary, removing no more than one-third of the plant in one go.
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