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Hosta 'Secret Love'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Hosta
  • Sport of H. 'Fragrant Blue'

  • Intense blue-green, heart-shaped leaves emerge in spring

  • Light yellow margins brighten to white

  • Fragrant, near-white, tubular flowers are produced in mid to late summer

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: Jan van den Top

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  10 Inches
Spread:
  15 Inches
Scape Height:
  13-15 Inches
Flower Color:
  White Shades
Foliage Color:
  Variegated
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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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?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Midsummer
  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?:
  Woodland/Shade
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
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.

Hostas are very easy to propagate through division. This can be done at any time during the growing season with little or no affect on the growth of the parent plant. Since each division should have at least 3 eyes, plants should be allowed to mature for several years before being divided.

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  
Dicentra 'Zestful'
Common Name: Bleeding Heart-Fern-leaved
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Brunnera macrophylla 'Emerald Mist' PP20460
Common Name: Brunnera-Heartleaf
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Heuchera 'Paris' PP18881 COPF
Common Name: Coral Bells
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Corydalis shihmienensis 'Berry Exciting' PP18917 COPF
Common Name: Corydalis
5,6,7,8,9
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Matteuccia struthiopteris
Common Name: Fern-Ostrich
3,4,5,6,7
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Helleborus 'Cherry Blossom'
Common Name: Lenten Rose
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Pulmonaria longifolia 'Bertram Anderson'
Common Name: Lungwort
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum'
Common Name: Solomon's Seal-Variegated
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Galium odoratum
Common Name: Sweet Woodruff
4,5,6,7,8
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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.