Hosta sieboldiana Elegans Description
Hostas are a classic shade perennials, and an easy way to add instant color and beauty to your garden. Hosta elegans is a tried and true favorite with huge, heavily texture leaves, 10 inches across, and 13" long forming a graceful clump 30 inches tall x 48" wide.
Hosta elegans is intensely colored - holding its color even in the heat of summer if planted in part shade-shade.
The heavy, crinkled textured, blue foliage is very attractive, but not to slugs. This impressive shade perennial holds up impressively well in the shade garden, even late in the season when other Hostas are shutting down. Near white flowers on 36" scapes in midsummer.
This large leaf Hosta blends in with so many other shade plants including colorful Heuchera, Hardy Ferns, deer proof Helleboress or used in front of 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:
Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans'
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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:
36" X 36"
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- Bloom Season:
Accent, Border, Container Gardening, Foundation Planting, Massing, Specimen, Woodland
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CAN, HI, PR
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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.
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