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  • plantain lily
  • Eventual height: 0.75m
  • Eventual spread: 1.2m

Hosta 'Sum and Substance'

plantain lily

5 year guarantee RHS award of garden merit
9cm pot £6.99
9cm pot £6.99

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: partial or full shade
  • Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
  • Flowering period: July and August
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This tough hosta has huge, corrugated yellow-green leaves, which seem to show some resistance to slugs and snails. The spikes of pale lilac flowers, which appear in midsummer are also attractive. It can be used to make a bold statement in a large container in a shady courtyard, but in the border it will look stunning when planted among other plants with distinctive foliage, such as ferns. Although it will cope with some sun, the leaves are best shaded from the midday sun and sheltered from cold, drying winds.

  • Garden care: Water your hosta well as soon as you plant it (avoiding the foliage if possible), and then water it regularly and thoroughly - particularly during the first growing season. You'll get thicker, lusher leaves if you give your hostas a really good feed. An annual mulch in spring or autumn will help to keep the weeds down and is an easy way to improve soil and boost nutrient levels. Slugs and snails love hostas, so you will need to protect against them. Use an organic nematode treatment in early spring to ward them off - or pot them up into a gravel-topped pot.

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