Hosta 'First Frost' Description
If you love blue hosta like we do, we know you'll really like Hosta 'First Frost'! Unlike other Hostas that start to shut down as early as August, 'First Frost' keeps its good looks well into Fall. Plus, this landscape beauty makes such an easy to grow shade perennial groundcover.
With 'First Frost' - you can enjoy well-kept blue foliage with stunning variegation! And is it sweet! In spring, gold edges contrast every so nicely against the dependable blue foliage. By summer, the variegation lightens to a creamy color. The blue color will vary depending on how much sun it receives If you like the intense blue, place it where it gets just a few hours of filtered morning sun and afternoon shade.
Hostas are dependable and versatile shade perennials requiring little care. We particularly like this low mounding form (up to 16" tall) which makes a wonderful choice for planting beneath hydrangeas and other shrubs.
Hostas can be paired with so many shade perennials like Ferns, Hellebore, or shade loving groundcovers.
Although hostas will grow in a wide range of soil, they will perform their best in a soil where organic matter has been added. Plant in a moisture retentive soil, and protect from the hot afternoon sun. Exposure to intense sun will dull the blue foliage color.
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 'First Frost'
- Common name:
- Sun exposure:
Shade, Part shade
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- Soil type:
Normal, Sandy, Clay
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- Height x width:
16" X 20"
- Flower color:
- Foliage color:
Blue with white margins
- Bloom season:
Accent,Border, Container gardener,Edging, Foundation planting, Ground cover, Massing, Ornamental, Specimen, Under planting, Woodland
- Cannot ship to:
AK, CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #:None
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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). The green and blue hostas are the most shade-tolerant. Usually the yellow cultivars are the most sun-tolerant.
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: 36 inches
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: 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. Best divided in spring when the new leaves are still furled up, but both division and transplanting are successful throughout the season if attention is paid to thorough follow-up watering.
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