Plantain lily

Hosta 'Wide Brim'

Plantain lily - Hosta  'Wide Brim'

Common Name: Plantain lily
Genus: Hosta
Cultivar: 'Wide Brim'

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.45 m (45 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shade or Deep shadeSpread: 1.00 m (100 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue, Purple
Foliage Colour: Green, CreamFlowering Period: June to August

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

Heart-shaped slightly elongated dark green leaves are highlighted with cream margins and topped with spikes of funnel-shaped pale lavender-blue flowers in summer. This variegated hosta looks striking close to an entrance or path or among other plants with distinctive foliage such as ferns. It is 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. 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 planting it in a container.


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 encourages the plant to produce roots closer to the surface in a desperate quest for moisture.


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