Begins Upright, then Arches with Maturity!
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Cool as a Cucumber Hosta

1-Quart
Item # 31609
$19.95
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Hosta 'Cool as a Cucumber'

White scapes sport pale lavender blooms.
Light up the shade with this exciting new Hosta! Its leaves are long and smooth -- like the vegetable for which it is named! -- and they sport a jagged green margin darting into a white center. But most interestingly, the plant has an upright habit when young, gradually becoming arching and elegant as it matures. Never a dull moment with 'Cool as a Cucumber'!

The long, tapered, glossy leaves are so showy on this shade-lover. They unfurl in late spring, creating a nicely symmetrically upfacing plant that eventually reaches 28 inches high and about 4 feet wide. A great choice for groundcoverage as well as mass planting, it also sports uniquely interesting flower scapes. The blooms themselves aren't so remarkable -- the usual small, airy, pale lavender flowers -- but the stems are a pure, ghostly white that stands out nicely in the shade!

Best in partial to full shade, this is a showpiece of a Hosta, one to be treasured in border, foundation, woodland planting, or just about anywhere else. (It's a bit wide for containers.) You will find yourself admiring it week after week as it modifies its form and acquires early to midsummer bloomscapes. Zones 3-9.

Genus
Hosta
Variety
'Cool as a Cucumber'
Item Form
1-Quart
Zone
3 - 9
BloomStartToEnd
Early Summer
Habit
Upright
PlantHeight
2 ft 4 in
PlantWidth
4 ft
Additional Characteristics
Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Variegated
Bloom Color
Light Lavender
Foliage Color
Dark Green, Variegated, White
Light Requirements
Part Shade, Shade
Moisture Requirements
Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance
Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant
Soil Tolerance
Clay, Normal,  loamy, Poor
Uses
Beds, Border, Containers, Foliage Interest, Foundation, Ground Cover, Outdoor
Restrictions
Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands
Cool as a Cucumber HostaCool as a Cucumber Hosta Plant
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
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Good selection
from AL wrote (January 14, 2013):
Nice selection of plants and good information about them.
  • Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.

  • If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.

  • Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.

  • Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.

  • Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.

  • Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.

  • Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.

  • Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.

  • Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.

  • If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.

  • Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.
Hosta
Shade Lily, Plantain Lily

Planting:

Set plants 15 to 30 inches apart, depending on the ultimate size of the cultivar or species. (Set very dwarf kinds 9 to 12 inches apart.) Hostas are among the best of plants for shaded situations, but some also succeed in full sun, as they become larger and more mature. The hotter the summers, the more shade will be necessary to prevent scorching the foliage. A high shade canopy providing dappled light is ideal.

Those with blue foliage are outstanding in the shade, while the yellow/gold types will effectively light up dark areas, but prosper, too, in considerable sun. Individual cultivars of green-gold or variegated patterns vary appreciably in the amount of sun they can tolerate. While widely tolerant of soils, hostas do best in a well-drained soil that still affords ample moisture – the sunnier the location, the moister the soil should be. Incorporate generous amounts of humus in the soil, particularly those on the limy or alkaline side.


Maintenance:

A winter mulch is extremely important the first winter, to prevent heaving of unestablished plants as a result of alternating freezes and thaws. Once established, hostas can be left undisturbed for many years, but as landscaping needs dictate, can be moved at almost any time during the year, except midsummer.


Zones:

Zones 3-9

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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:


1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.