Thick, Glossy Foliage with Brilliant Variegation


Rainbow's End Hosta

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Hosta 'Rainbow's End' PP#17,251

Compact yet so impactful!
Plant Patent 17,251

Master breeder Hans Hansen has brought us so many fabulous Hostas, it seems almost greedy to expect another winner -- but that's just what he's done with 'Rainbow's End.' This compact little fellow offers glossy foliage with brilliant variegation that changes from spring to summer, plus showy flowerstems to finish off the season. Snails are discouraged by the rubbery, thick leaves, making it a good choice for woodland settings too. What's not to love!?

'Rainbow's End' reaches 11 inches high and about 21 inches wide, with very long leaves (by summer they have reached 6 inches long and up to 4 inches wide). In spring they are bright yellow, with deep green darts and arrows decorating the center and edging the margins. By summer the gold fades to pure white, while the forest green tones remain, creating a gorgeous contrast.

But the show doesn't end there. In late summer, bright red scapes shoot up from the center of the plant, reaching about 16 to 19 inches high. Laden with dark lavender blooms, they add another note of color to the plant, and while the flowers aren't showy in themselves, the combination of their deep purple tones and the bold red stems is very striking.

This Hosta is a sport of 'Obsession,' and was released in 2007. A slow grower, it forms a dense mound over time, and returns each spring bolder and more substantial than the year before.

Like most Hostas, 'Rainbow's End' is wonderfully tolerant of various soils provided they are well-drained. Indifferent to cold, drought, heat, and humidity, it makes a fine overplanting for spring-blooming bulbs, as well as a specimen or border planting. Hardy just about everywhere in the U.S., it is a carefree landscape choice you will appreciate for many years to come. Best in part to full shade. Zones 3-9.

Genus Hosta
Variety 'Rainbow's End'
PPAF PP#17,251
Item Form 1-Quart
Zone 3 - 9
Bloom Season Late Summer
Habit Mound-shaped
Plant Height 11 in
Plant Width 21 in
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Spring Foliage Changes, Variegated
Bloom Color Dark Lavender
Foliage Color Cream, Dark Green, Variegated, White, Yellow
Light Requirements Part Shade, Shade
Moisture Requirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy, Poor, Sandy
Uses Border, Containers, Foliage Interest, Ground Cover, Outdoor
Restrictions Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Canada, Guam, Hawaii
  • 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.