Hosta Wide Brim (Plantain Lily) 1l

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Plantain Lily

Hosta 'Wide Brim' is a stunning shade-loving plant with bold foliage and purple summer flowers.

Bring shady borders or containers to life with the striking green and gold foliage of Hosta 'Wide Brim'. Providing an extended season of interest, beautiful heart shaped leaves add colour and texture to a shady spot from spring right through to late autumn. As the name suggests, this variety has a chunky creamy-gold edge to each leaf which makes for a really striking and contrasting display over such a long season. This plant is predominantly grown for its foliage, but upright purple flowers during summer bring a lovely extra bit of colour. The lovely lavender-mauve flowers are great for bees too. This hardy plant is easy to grow and low maintenance, tolerating most partially shady spaces whether planted in pots or borders. Its compact, mound-forming habit makes it a great choice for courtyard or small urban gardens as well as for growing in shrubberies or woodland beds.

This award-winning variety will bring light and colour to dappled shade, in borders or containers.

Key Features

Plant Type: Herbaceous

Hardiness: H7 Very Hardy. Minimum temperature < -20

Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 60cm x W 1m (Mature age: 5 years)

Foliage Colour: Green, Yellow

Flower Colour: Purple

Fragrant Flower: No

Aromatic Foliage: No

RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes

RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No

Foliage Type: Deciduous

Soil Type: Clay, Loam, Chalky, Sandy, Acid

Soil Drainage: Moist but Well Drained

Light Exposure: Part Shade

Planting Style: Containers, Flower Beds & Borders, Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Urban Garden, Courtyard Garden

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer

Flowering (from - to): June-August

Plant Care & Advice

Hosta 'Wide Brim' is perfect for growing in a fairly moist, partially shaded spot in either borders or containers. It sits particularly well in an enclosed, small garden, a woodland style planting scheme or close to a bog garden. Hostas need a sheltered spot out of full sun and any sort of extreme conditions such as cold drying winds.

This variety is happiest in soil which is not too dry in summer. The shade of a large tree may be too dry for a hostas - planting in the shade of shrubs, a wall or a shady patio area is ideal. Add well-rotted manure or garden compost to the soil when planting and use a soil-based compost such as John Innes No 3 if planting in a container.

Water regularly when first planted to help the roots to establish. If planted in a container, water during the growing season whenever the soil looks dry.

Feed occasionally with an all-purpose liquid-feed to encourage healthy foliage and growth. Hostas planted in containers will benefit from a more regular feed throughout each growing season.

Remove faded flower spikes to keep the plants tidy. In autumn, remove the foliage as it turns yellow.