Gold Standard Hosta

Hosta fortunei 'Gold Standard'

The lovely, heart-shaped foliage emerges green, then turns golden yellow with a dark green margin, creating a dynamic contrast to solid green foliage plants. Showy, pale lavender flowers emerge on tall spikes above the foliage in late spring. Adds stunning color to a shaded border or woodland garden. An herbaceous perennial.
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Filtered sun, Full shade, Partial shade

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical PronunciationHOSS-tuh for-TOO-nee-eye
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; forms foliage clump 2 to 3 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeLate Spring
Design IdeasThis sizable golden Hosta displays green, gold and darker emerald all at the same time. These variations are perfect for massing with only one type of plant. It also has enough height to provide a background for smaller woodland perennials or to fill in between shrubs. Also sufficiently tall to use as a cover along north-facing foundations, edges of terraces, patios and low decks, and to line steps.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorYellow
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full shade, Partial shade
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureAttracts Hummingbirds, Clump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Gift Plant, Tolerates Acidic Soil
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsEnglish Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus); Ligularia (Ligularia); Azalea (Azalea); Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)

Provide slightly acidic, evenly moist, well-drained, humusy soil. Avoid harsh sun exposures. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Remove old, faded foliage before new leaves emerge in early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-8

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