Hosta f. 'Francee' with her large, heart-shaped, puckered leaves resembles green construction paper hearts dipped in white paint.
Her margins are bright white while the green center of her foliage is a vivid emerald making her one of the most beloved, easy to grow
Hostas, provided you give her
and moist, well-drained soil.
One of the best white-margined hostas for landscapes, in somewhat dim, shady locations, Francee gives off a sense of light.
Francee has a
medium growth rate
and because she is such a low-maintenance groundcover, she's perfect for beginners.
In mid to late summer, you'll adore her trumpet shaped lavender
that appear on 36 inch
When planted in rows as a border
Francee almost feels like two different plants because of her dual-color foliage.
She's a hardy, happy addition to any
bare root plants.
about bare root plants
(especially the paragraph about bare root grasses) so you know what to expect.
Also read below under Things to Note about trimming.
Francee is slug resistant, which is an issue that can plague Hostas, making her an ideal solution if you deal with slugs in your garden.
Francee is absolutely gorgeous with
You get thick, dense coverage, lovely flowers and decadent variations in foliage color with this trio.
General information about Hostas:
The goddess of all that is lush and green, Hosta plants are indisputably one of the absolute best and most popular options for
Of course with over 5000 cultivars, how in the world does one narrow down the choices?
We feature hostas most prized for their hardiness, foliage and flower colors, and overall performance.
Essentially, we’ve done the sorting for you and offer you the best of the best at prices that are incredibly affordable.
First, a little technical information.
perennial plants that grow from
leaves vary widely in size, by species, from 1 - 15 inches long and 3/4 - 12 inches broad.
Variation among the numerous cultivars is even greater, with
ranging from as little as 4 inches across to an astounding 6 1/2 feet across.
The leaf shades of wild Hosta species is typically a vibrant green, although some (e.g. H. sieboldiana) are known for their
coating, lending leaves a hazy blue appearance that tends to be an incredibly soothing effect in a garden.
There are natural
(mutations) of native species that have yellow-green (almost gold) colored leaves or differing leaf variegation (the centers/edges are either white/cream or yellowish).
The (3/4 to 2 inch long) flowers are produced on (up to 31 inch tall) erect
They are usually pendulous,
appearing similar to a central beam with loads of miniature lavender loud-speakers growing out of it.
The trumpet-like blossoms boast six petals, are generally not
and typically white,
Hostas are widely cultivated groundcovers, and they are a particularly perfect plant for
Gardeners love getting their hands on those with golden or white
Other traits that make the Hosta such a prized perennial are the facts that they require very little care other than watering and perhaps some
and they are a terrific option for
A bank of hostas with thousands of
dangling like jewels from their suspended flower stalks is truly a sight to behold.
A long-living, relatively disease-free plant that keeps multiplying, is easy to divide in spring or late fall,
and promises years of lush, lovely leaves of color, hostas often become addictive to perennial collectors.
How they come: When you buy a Hosta, you will usually receive 1 or 2
What are Hosta eyes, you ask?
In the spring, you can gently uncover your hosta beds to reveal the green nubs poking through the soil.
Each nub is called an eye, and it is the beginning of a complete set of hosta leaves.
Eyes can be divided, but it is not necessary.
When you move or divide hostas, it can take a year or so for them to be completely reestablished.
Things to Note
Starting in May we cut much of the top foliage off our Hostas before shipping.
We feel that the tops are too big to be supported by the roots after transplanting, they tend to lay over on the ground and not recuperate.
When the plants are smaller we leave the tops on.
If you want us to ship your Hostas without trimming, indicate your desire in the Comments box near the shipping address when checking out.
Be aware that you will likely experience the outcome we indicated above, and if this happens to you, simply trim them yourself. It will not harm the plant.
Hosta (originally named Funkia) is a genus of 23-40 species of lily-like plants native to northeast Asia.
It was once classified in the family Liliaceae but is now (due to the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group) included in the family Agavaceae.
The genus name Hosta is after the Austrian physician & botanist Nicholas Host (1761-1834).
Hostas reward their gardener with prolific
and willingness to divide and relocate with ease.
As such, they are wonderfully economic if you have large shaded areas you wish to fill.
Plan to purchase enough to fill one area, and within 2 seasons, you’ll have at least double what you started with, providing ample plants for dividing and relocating to another area.
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