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Hosta 'Paradise Joyce' PP12119 CPBR2095

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Hosta
  • A sport of 'Halcyon' that resembles 'June'

  • Differs from 'June' in that the leaves emerge solid blue in spring and gradually develop chartreuse to yellow centers which brighten to ivory

  • This variegation holds up all season long

  • Leaves are of good substance, have a smooth texture, and are slightly cupped

  • Lavender, bell-shaped flowers are produced on 22" scapes in midsummer

  • Grow in full sun in the north for best color; grow in shade in the south

  • Moderate to rapid growth rate; easy to grow

  • Use in the foreground of flower beds or in pots

Hostas are exceedingly popular perennials in today's gardens due to their versatility in the landscape. Their subtle colors, tall flower scapes, and broad, coarse leaves fill a niche in garden designs that few other plants can achieve. Their large leaves provide excellent coverage for dying bulb foliage. Hostas also grow well in city environments where the air may be polluted by car exhaust, etc.

Breeder: Marco Fransen

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  16 Inches
Spread:
  36 Inches
Scape Height:
  22 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple shades
Foliage Color:
  Variegated
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
  Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts hummingbirds
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Midsummer
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Woodland/Shade
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Edging
Mass Planting
Specimen or focal point
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Hostas grow best in moist, well-drained, highly organic soils with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5. Sandy loam is better than clay because it provides more aeration for the roots. High-filtered or dappled sunlight is necessary for clean, healthy growth. Morning sun is tolerable and will help to intensify the leaf colors, but hot afternoon sun is usually deadly to hostas. They are most at home in shady, woodland settings and often work well as specimen or edging plants.

Especially in northern zones, hostas should be mulched with a layer of finely shredded organic material to prevent heaving in the winter. Mulch is beneficial because it retains moisture around the plant's roots, but it is also the ideal place for slugs to hide. Watch for holes in the center of the leaves. If they are present, so are slugs. Applying a slug bait in early spring when new shoots are beginning to emerge will help to reduce the slug population. After a few years when plants are firmly established, the mulch can be removed completely, which should eliminate the slug problem altogether. Also be sure to clean all hosta foliage out of the garden in early winter after the plants have gone dormant. By doing so, you will be ridding the area of the eggs of slugs and other leaf-eating insects.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Corydalis cheilanthifolia
Common Name: Corydalis
4,5,6
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Astilbe 'Ellie'
Common Name: Astilbe-Japanese
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Common Name: Snakeroot-Black
4,5,6,7,8
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Dicentra 'King of Hearts'
Common Name: Bleeding Heart-Fern-leaved
5,6,7,8,9
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Liriope muscari 'Peedee Ingot'
Common Name: Lily-turf
6,7,8,9,10
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Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
5,6,7,8,9
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Helleborus 'Blackthorn Strain'
Common Name: Lenten Rose
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Heuchera 'Frosted Violet' PP15085 COPF
Common Name: Coral Bells
4,5,6,7,8,9
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History:

Hostas have gone by many names, including Funkia, Plantain Lily, Giboosi, and Hemerocallis.

While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.