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Hosta 'High Society' PP17313

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Hosta
    • Small sized hosta great for containers or the front of the border

 

    • A stunning sport of 'June'

 

  • Sport of 'June' with distinctly wider, blue margins
  • Yellow center brightens to parchment by midsummer
    • Pale lavender flowers open just above the mound of foliage in late summer

 

    • Small and slow growing, but worth the wait; makes a fantastic specimen

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: Hans Hansen

Introducer: Shady Oaks Nursery

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  8 Inches
Spread:
  15 Inches
Scape Height:
  12 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple shades
Foliage Color:
  Variegated
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
  Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
  Consistent water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts hummingbirds
How fast should it grow?:
  Slow
When should it bloom?:
  Late summer
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
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  
Helleborus Ivory Prince ('Walhelivor' PP16199)
Common Name: Lenten Rose
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Aruncus aethusifolius
Common Name: Goat's Beard-Dwarf
3,4,5,6,7
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Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
5,6,7,8,9
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Corydalis lutea
Common Name: Corydalis-Yellow
5,6,7
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Tiarella 'Sugar and Spice' PP16738 COPF
Common Name: Foamflower
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Brunnera macrophylla 'Green Gold'
Common Name: Brunnera-Heartleaf
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Heuchera 'Citronelle' PP17934
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.