Plantain Lily

Hosta 'Halcyon'

Plantain Lily - Hosta  'Halcyon'

Common Name: Plantain Lily
Genus: Hosta
Cultivar: 'Halcyon'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Suitable for growing in containers

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.70 m (70 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shade or Deep shadeSpread: 0.70 m (70 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Grey, Purple
Foliage Colour: Blue/GreenFlowering Period: July & August

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

This is one of the smaller-leaved hostas with smooth lance-shaped glaucous leaves and spikes of handsome lavender-grey bell-shaped flowers in July and August. It's a favourite of plantswoman Beth Chatto and makes a flourish at the front of a shady border sheltered from cold drying winds. The foliage is also invaluable for softening the edges of hard landscaping. Once established its layers of leaves will suppress weeds too.

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. Slugs and snails love hostas so you will need to protect against them. Use an organic nematode treatment in early spring to ward off slugs. Or simply stick to a container.

Water your hostas well as soon as you plant them 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 encourages the plant to produce roots closer to the surface in a desperate quest for moisture.


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