‘Sum and Substance’ Hosta

Size
Hosta x ‘Sum and Substance’
USDA Hardiness Zones: 3a to 9b
Features include immense, bold, glossy, heart-shaped leaves with yellow-green color up to 16 inches. It is more gold in the summer or with more light. Pale lavender flowers appear on 3-foot scapes from mid- to late summer. ‘Sum and Substance’ can form an extraordinary plant of 3 to 6 feet high and 6 to 10 feet wide! Uses include as a beautiful specimen plant, in mass, or a drift of yellow throughout a bed. Its thick leaves resist slug damage.
2004 Hosta of the Year
Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish roots. Very effective in groups or massed.
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Perennials ... Seasonal Color - Groundcover
Growth Size:   Medium Plant - 24 to 31 inches tall, 48 to 72 inches wide
Growth Habit:   Dense - Mounding
Features:   Easy To Grow, Excellent foliage color, Long-lived
Slug Resistant, Tolerates Urban Pollution
Attracts:   Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Pollinators
Garden Ideas:   
Shade, Memorial, Cutting
Flower features:    Fragrant
Pale-lavender, with thin, white petal margin, 3 inch long, funnel-shaped flowers on scapes up to 48 inch long that bloom in summer
Foliage type and color:    Herbaceous, Gold
Giant leathery chartreuse leaves, award winner immense golden leaves
Landscape Uses:    Beds, Grouping, Shady areas
Accent, Border, Container, Mass Planting, Ground Cover, Specimen
‘Sum and Substance’ Hosta is a Low maintenance plant
Growth Size:   Medium Plant - 24 to 31 inches tall, 48 to 72 inches wide
Growth Rate:   Fast
Spacing:   4-5 ft apart
Exposure:   Partial Shade to Full Shade
Watering:   Evenly Moist   Average   Water once a week in extreme heat
Soil Types:   Adaptable to pH   Moist, well-drained   Enriched with organic matter
General Plant Care:    Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring. Best with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Provide enriched, slightly acidic, evenly moist soil. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish roots.
General Planting Tips:    Hostas prefer shady sites with adequate moisture. Hostas can vary in size, so check your plant tag for space requirements. Dig a hole two times the width of the container. Remove plant from container and place in the hole after having loosened the root ball slightly. Add soil back to the hole ensuring the top of the root ball is even with the soil level. Water and add more soil if needed. Add 2-3inches of mulch around plant. Water thoroughly during initial planting, using as much water as necessary to thoroughly water plants and surrounding bed. For the first 3-4 weeks it is important to regularly check and water your plants. Once established only water as necessary.
General Fertilizing Tips:    Fertilize in spring when new growth appears, and once more before flowering with a general purpose or slow-release fertilizer.
General Pruning suggestions:    Prune off flower stalks/scapes after flowers fade. For a neat apperance, remove old foliage in early winter when plants are fully dormant.
Bloom Tips:    Pinch early in the growing season for a fuller, bushier plant
USDA Hardiness Zones: 3a to 9b

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