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  • Terracotta arc pot & plantain lily

Terracotta arc pot & plantain lily

Terracotta arc pot & plantain lily

  • 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 hosta is a real showstopper. Its heart-shaped leaves are splashed with lime green and initially have a blue-grey wash, which gradually fades as the leaves mature throughout the summer. In July it produces spikes of lavender-grey trumpet-shaped flowers.

    This combination includes three 9cm pots plus our terracotta arc pot (Ø48cm x H44cm), an elegant fluted planter ideal for making the most of a smaller space.

  • Garden care: You'll get thicker, lusher leaves if you give your hostas a really good feed. An annual mulch in spring or autumn will keep weeds down and boost nutrient levels. Add a generous mulch of about 5-10cm (2-4in) deep of garden compost or leaf mould. Spraying the leaves regularly with a high nitrogen fertiliser during the growing season will also help to boost leaf size. Slugs and snails adore hostas, so stay vigilant! The pot should help to raise the plants out of harm's way.

    Water well as soon as you plant them and from then on water regularly during the first growing season - about once or twice a week around the base of the plants, avoiding the leaves. Little and often can be disatrous as it encourages plants to produce roots closer to the surface in a desperate quest for moisture.