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Hosta Shadowland® Autumn Frost

Hosta Shadowland® 'Autumn Frost'

Bred by master Hosta plantsman H. Hansen!

Item # 49332

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Plant Patent Applied For.

With a classic pedigree and unbeatable curb appeal, this beautifully variegated Hosta is a treasure in any setting. 'Autumn Frost' begins spring with wide buttery yellow margins that fade to pure white during the summer months. A vigorous tetraploid, it is just the perfect accent for the shade border, woodland garden, or your finest container.

'Autumn Frost' is a sport of 'First Frost,' the 2010 Hosta of the Year. 'First Frost,' in turn, is descended from the classic 'Halcyon,' the blue-leaved Hosta by which all others are judged. Such lineage presages great things, and 'Autumn Frost' does not disappoint, with thick, substantial pointed leaves of frosty blue with wide, irregular variegation along the edges. Magnificent!

'Autumn Frost' reaches about 12 inches high, and is topped in mid to late summer by lavender blooms on 12- to 16-inch scapes. Although not particularly showy in themselves, the flowers do bring in the hummingbirds reliably! This foliage plant reaches fully 24 inches wide at maturity, and like all Hostas, improves each year in leaf texture and density.

Bred by Hans Hansen, 'Autumn Frost' is a tetraploid. This means that it has twice the chromosomes of traditional diploid Hosta varieties, giving it greater vigor, stronger color, better layering, and more tolerance of adversity. You will find it superbly tolerant of heat, humidity, drought, wind, and cold. It is very long-lived, and easy to divide if needed.

Give 'Autumn Frost' a special place in your garden. Best in half to full shade, it is a rare combination of steely blue and warm golden-yellow that really glows in low light. Combine it with yellow-, blue-, and purple-leaved plants for a terrific color show, or plant it in groups of 3 to 7 for a breathtaking display of lush, verdant foliage.

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.


Zones 3-9

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