Gorgeous pie-crusted leaves improve in texture and beauty every year.


Dancing Queen Hosta

Hosta 'Dancing Queen'

When other Hostas turn green in the heat, 'Dancing Queen' becomes even more creamy primrose!
There has never been a yellow Hosta quite like 'Dancing Queen,' and it will stand out in the shade garden like a shaft of sunshine in a dark glen! This large, wide Hosta is exquisitely rippled and quilted, its outstanding foliage attention-getting in any setting.

The new leaves open bright gold in spring, turning a lighter shade as the season progresses. Long, pointed, and heavily rippled, they are held elegantly up and out from the center of the plant. With each passing year, they grow more intensely textured and beautifully substantial.

In midsummer, the foliage is topped by pale lavender blooms on 28-inch stems. Largely insignificant, the flowers may be snipped and used as filler in the vase, or left on the plant to highlight the color contrast they present against the yellow leaves.

'Dancing Queen' eventually reaches 18 inches high and spreads about 30 inches wide. Spectacular in the border, it is also superb for woodland settings, and can even be grown in a large container. It forms the natural centerpiece of any Hosta garden, standing out brilliantly against 'El Nino,' 'Silver Bay,' and 48438">'Abiqua Drinking Gourd,' among many others.

'Dancing Queen' was bred by Kent Terpening, and thrives in partial to full shade. Very hardy and long-lived, it belongs front and center in your shade garden display. Do add it to the garden this season! Zones 3-9.

Genus Hosta
Variety 'Dancing Queen'
ItemForm 1-Quart
Zone 3 - 9
BloomStartToEnd Mid Summer - Late Summer
Habit Mound-shaped
PlantHeight 18 in
PlantWidth 2 ft 6 in
AdditionalCharacteristics Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Needs Deadheading
BloomColor Light Lavender
FoliageColor Cream, Gold, Yellow
LightRequirements Part Shade, Shade
MoistureRequirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant
SeasonOfInterest Summer
SoilTolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy, Poor, Sandy
Uses Border, Containers, Foliage Interest, Outdoor
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
  • 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.