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Common Perennials - Gardening with Perennials - University of Illinois Extension

Common Perennials

Plantain Lily, Hosta
Hosta sp.

Hosta 'Ginko Craig'
Hosta 'Ginko Craig'

Quick Profile

Exposure
Full Shade
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
 
Mature Height
6 Inches - 4 Feet
 
USDA Hardiness Zones
3 - 8 
 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
 
Foliage Color
Green
Silver/White
Variegated
Yellow
 
Bloom Color
Lavender
White
 
Bloom Season
June - August
 
Size
Small
Medium
Tall
 

Features

An extremely varied group of plants offering neat mounds of foliage in greens, yellows and blue-gray to variegated. Spikes of flowers that often fragrant. A staple of the shade garden.

Culture

Prefer rich organic soils that are moist but well-drained. Does better in light filtered sun while there are a few that will tolerate full sun with moisture.

Cultivars

Hundreds available. Some include:

'Frances William' 2-3 feet tall, green/chartreuse, sun tolerant

'Hadspen Blue' 14-18 inches tall, blue, shade, slug resistance reported

'Green Gold' 2-3 feet tall, green/yellow, shade, slug resistance reported

'Royal Standard' 2-3 feet tall, green, sun tolerant

'Sum of All' 3-4 feet tall, green, sun tolerant, slug resistance reported

'Twilight' 2-3 feet tall, green/gold, shade. slug resistance reported

'Sun Power' 2-4 feet tall, gold, sun tolerant

'Blue Angel' 3-4 feet tall, blue, shade, slug resistance reported

'Maui Buttercup' 10-18 inches tall, yellow, shade, slug resistance reported

'August Moon' 18-24 inches tall, yellow, sun tolerant

'Allan P. McConnell' 12-18 inches tall, green/white, sun tolerant

'Paradigm' 20-24 inches tall, yellow/green, shade, slug resistance reported

Notes

Moist soils with good organic matter content helps to insure quality leaf production.