Plantain lily

Hosta 'Shade Fanfare'

Plantain lily - Hosta  'Shade Fanfare'

Common Name: Plantain lily
Genus: Hosta
Cultivar: 'Shade Fanfare'

Category: Groundcover Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Suitable for ground cover, Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.45 m (45 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shade or Deep shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue, Purple
Foliage Colour: Green, Variegated, CreamFlowering Period: July & August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Clay/Heavy
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

  • Heart-shaped light to mid-green leaves with wavy cream margins fading to white and spikes of funnel-shaped lavender-blue summer flowers. This variegated hosta is excellent groundcover for the front of a shady moist well-drained border. Contrasting well with dark-green and blue-leaved foliage varieties it's best protected from cold drying winds.

  • Garden care: You'll get thicker lusher leaves if you give your hostas a really good feed. An annual mulch in spring or autumn will help to keep the weeds down and is an easy way to improve soil and boost nutrient levels. Add a generous mulch of about 5-10cm (2-4in) deep of garden compost or leaf mould around the plant. Spraying the leaves regularly with a high nitrogen fertiliser during the growing season will also help to boost leaf size.


    Water your hosta well as soon as you plant it and from then on water regularly during their first growing season. Give them a water about once or twice a week around the base of the plant avoiding the leaves. Little and often can be disatrous as it's encourage the plant to produce roots closer to the surface in a desperate quest for moisture.




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