Hosta 'Half and Half'
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
This hosta was discovered at Naylor Creek as a sport of ‘Lakeside Cupcake’. While they may look somewhat similar as mature plants, ‘Half and Half’ offers the advantage of instant color in spring.
The center color of ‘Lakeside Cupcake’ transitions from yellow to cream, but ‘Half and Half’ emerges right from the start with a pure white center and dark green margins. A third light green color rests between the center and margin. This beautiful variegation remains throughout the whole season, making it a lovely specimen from start to finish.
In mid to late summer, well-proportioned, white scapes carry near-white flowers above the mound of foliage.
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.
Intro Year: 2012
Breeder: Naylor Creek
Parentage: Sport of 'Lakeside Cupcake'
Origin: Not Native to North America
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
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How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
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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.
Hostas have gone by many names, including Funkia, Plantain Lily, Giboosi, and Hemerocallis.