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Hosta 'Liberty'

Plantain Lily

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  • A gorgeous sport of H. 'Sagae'
  • Blue-green leaves have wide, dramatically streaked, yellow margins which fade to creamy-white later in the season
  • They are of much heavier substance, providing greater slug resistance
  • Lavender flowers appear on 40 inch scapes from early to midsummer

Height:

20-26 in

Spread:

39 in

Hardiness Zone:

3 - 9

Plantain Lily Growing and Maintenance Tips

Hostas grow best in moist, well-drained, highly organic soils with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5. Sandy loam is better than clay because it provides more aeration for the roots. High-filtered or dappled sunlight is necessary for clean, healthy growth. Morning sun is tolerable and will help to intensify the leaf colors, but hot afternoon sun is usually deadly to hostas. They are most at home in shady, woodland settings and often work well as specimen or edging plants.

Especially in northern zones, hostas should be mulched with a layer of finely shredded organic material to prevent heaving in the winter. Mulch is beneficial because it retains moisture around the plant's roots, but it is also the ideal place for slugs to hide. Watch for holes in the center of the leaves. If they are present, so are slugs. Applying a slug bait in early spring when new shoots are beginning to emerge will help to reduce the slug population. After a few years when plants are firmly established, the mulch can be removed completely, which should eliminate the slug problem altogether. Also be sure to clean all hosta foliage out of the garden in early winter after the plants have gone dormant. By doing so, you will be ridding the area of the eggs of slugs and other leaf-eating insects.

Hosta 'Liberty' Characteristics

Attributes

  • Mass Plant
  • Specimen
  • Border
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage

Exposure

  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade Tolerant

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Nature Attraction

  • Hummingbirds

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Early Summer
  • Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average