Hosta Patriot Description
Hosta Patriot is one of the best green and white medium size Hostas for the shade garden. This colorful shade ground cover features heart shaped dark green leaves with an extra-wide white margin. Grow this Hosta in either sun or shade!
An award winning shade plant, Hosta Patriot is easily distinguished from other white edged forms because the foliage has a glossy texture, and the transition between green and white is distinct and clean. The leaf substance is thick which means the slugs don't find the foliage appetizing. Summer brings on a nice display of lavender flowers.
Pair this medium size Hosta with Hardy Ferns, colorful Heuchera, charming Hellebore, or Hydrangeas.
Hosta Patriot grow best in a rich, moisture retentive soil in shade or sun, but will tolerate a wide range of growing conditions. Space 20 inches apart.
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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- Sun Exposure:
Shade, Part Shade
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- Soil Type:
Normal, Sandy, Clay
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- Height x Width:
22" x 30"
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- Foliage Color:
Green with white margins
- Bloom Season:
Accent, Border, Container Gardening, Foundation Planting, Massing, Specimen, Woodland
- Cannot Ship to:
AK, CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #:None
Ideas and How-to's
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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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