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Hosta Sum & Substance
  • Hosta Sum and Substance has slug proof leaver almost 2 feet long
  • hosta Sum and Substance can grow up to 6 feet wide
  • Hosta Sum and Substance
  • Hosta Sum and Substance combines well with other perennials
  • Hosta Sum and Substance gets substantial in size and can be grown in place of a shrub
  • Hosta Sum and Substance for either sun or part shade
  • Hosta Sum and Substance turns a bright yellow when exposed to more sun
  • Hosta Sum and Substance is an award winner large leaf gold Hosta
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3' Tall!

Hosta Sum & Substance

Gigantic, slug resistant leaves almost 2 feet long!
ZONE 3,4,5,6,7,8
As low as $8.49
  • Giant 2' golden leaves make an impressive mound
  • High slug resistance foliage stays attractive all season
  • Dramatic shade perennial that pairs well with darker companions
  • Becomes yellow when exposed to sun
  • Grows a whopping 3 feet high by 5-6 feet across when mature
  • Jumbo 1 Quart pot
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Hosta Sum & Substance Description

Hosta Sum and Substance is dramatic in the landscape, and is one of the favorite gold Hostas of all time!

Mammouth, heavily textured, glossy, gold leaf Hosta Sum and Substance forms an impressive clump that can grow over time up to 6 feet wide. 

The chartreuse leaf color changes to gold with more sun exposure. One of the most impressive hostas at maturity and even more stunning in containers. White, bell-shaped flowers in late summer on 3 foot stalks.

In garden design, surround this beauty with all kinds of textures and shapes from hardy Ferns, showy Hellebore, and colorful Heuchera

Special Features: Cold Hardy, Cut Flower, Cut Foliage,Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Foliage Interest, Heat Tolerant, Moisture Tolerant, Rabbit Resistant

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Quick Facts

  • Botanical Name:
    Hosta 'Sum and Substance'
  • Common Name:
  • Zone:
  • Sun Exposure:
    Shade, Part Shade
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship Form:
    1 Quart
  • Soil Type:
    Normal, Sandy, Clay
  • Soil Moisture:
    Average, Moist
  • Height x Width:
    36" x 60"
  • Flower Color:
    Pale lavender
  • Foliage Color:
  • Bloom Season:
    Mid Summer
  • Uses:
    Accent, Border, Container Gardening, Foundation Planting, Massing, Specimen, Woodland
  • Cannot Ship to:
    AK, CAN, HI, PR
  • Patent #: None

Ideas and How-to's



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.