Gold Standard Hosta Plant
Hosta Gold Standard
These beautifully veined, cupped leaves arise profusely on symmetrical, well-shaped plants 18 to 24 inches tall, 30 to 36 inches wide. A bold golden hue edged in deep green, they are eye-catching from across the garden, and make a nice ribbon of color through the border, a bright accent plant anywhere you've got 3 feet of garden space, and a lovely large container specimen!
Gold Standard's beauty increases with each passing year, particularly the crisp veining that scores each leaf. As the foliage becomes more heavily textured, it assumes a quilted look you'll love! This is a long-lived, very adaptable plant, certain to become a permanent part of your landscape.
In early summer, pale lavender blooms arise on 2-foot stems from the center of this plant, but they aren't too much to write home about and may be snipped away if you feel they detract from the gorgeous foliage.
Best in at least 1/4 sun to bring out the gold hues in the foliage, Gold Standard is a delight! Space plants 36 inches apart in well-drained, enriched soil, and keep them well-watered, particularly the first year, when they are getting established in their new home. Indifferent to heat, humidity, and cold, this is a very vigorous and easy to care for Hosta! Zones 3-8.
|Zone||3 - 8|
|Bloom Season||Mid Summer|
|Plant Height||18 in - 24 in|
|Plant Width||2 ft 6 in - 3 ft|
|Bloom Size||1 in|
|Additional Characteristics||Easy Care Plants, Flower, Variegated|
|Foliage Color||Dark Green, Gold, Variegated|
|Light Requirements||Part Shade, Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Dry, Moist, well-drained|
|Soil Tolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy, Poor, Sandy|
|Uses||Beds, Border, Containers, Foliage Interest, Ornamental, Outdoor|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|
Shade Lily, Plantain Lily
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.
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.
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