Hosta 'Sum and Substance' a garden tested hardy perennial plant supplied in a half litre pot B01G5GBBSM

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  • About this cultivar: Hosta 'Sum and Substance' is 1980 introduction considered to be one of the finest cultivars ever introduced. The giant chartreuse clump is a knockout, topped by tall scapes of pale lavender flowers in midsummer. If you want you can let it spread and it will oblige. Image credit: Wikipedia Creative Commons

  • About this genus: Hosta (hos-ta) is a genus of plants commonly known as plantain lilies, giboshi, or the old botanical name Funkia. The name Hosta is in honor of the Austrian botanist Nicholas Thomas Host. However most modern plants were introduced from Japan to Europe by Philipp Franz von Siebold in the mid-19th century. Don't worry about Philipp's legacy being forgotten though; he has a species named after him! (Hosta sieboldiana).

  • Hosta are often touted as the best shade-loving plants for the perennial garden, which is hard to dispute. In cultivation, Hosta readily mutate and have produced thousands of novel colors and leaf forms (blue, gold, and variegated are the most popular). Because of their great foliage Hosta are often thought of as foliage-only plants, but it is worth noting that many cultivars have fantastic flowers - see "Sum and Substance" and "Stained Glass" for example.

  • You will read that for best performance, Hosta prefer to be out of full-sun. However if you live on these islands it is doubtful you will ever get any full-sun; so you may try them in your brightest spot as long as they have some moisture. You may have had some experience with slugs and Hosta. So have we. We have found that cultivars matter (some are tastier to slugs than others) so we try to grow only slug resistant cultivars or ones that grow so many new leaves the slugs can't keep up.

  • Position: Full sun, partial shade, full shade Soil: Almost any soil Flowers: June, July Other features: Grows well in Ballyrobert, Interesting Foliage or Fruit, Suitable for Container, Dappled Shade or Full Shade Loving Hardiness: Fully hardy - grows well in Ballyrobert! Habit: Clump forming Foliage: Deciduous Height: 75 - 105 cm (2.5 - 3.5 ft) Spread: 105 - 135 cm (3.5 - 4.5 ft) Time to full growth: 2 to 5 years Plant type: Herbaceous Perennial Colour: Green, yellow, purple


  • • Plants are sold in half litre sized pots (9cm pots that are nearly pint sized, about 520ml in capacity).
    • All the cultivars we sell have been grown and tested in our own garden (which is an RHS partner garden open to the public).
    • When your plants arrive they can usually be planted straight out after soaking in water for 3 or 4 minutes. A good rule of thumb; make the soil level of the pot level with the rest of your border when planting out. Another rule of thumb; nearly all our plants will grow in indirect sunlight; we are in the British Isles after all. Another rule of thumb (!); Plants usually do better in the ground, which is unsurprising because that where they can from! Containers are ok if plants are kept fed and watered during their growing months, and in a warmer place during the winter. Try not to over water!
    • During the year plants can be in various states of growth. The same plant delivered in early spring could be much bigger or smaller if delivered in late spring. Please be aware of this when ordering or receiving them.
    • Some plants may have their flowers and foliage cut back when we send them, and look a bit awful! Don't worry, it is for their own good; some plants like to travel light. Similarly bulbs, rhizomes, and some plants may be dormant or dying back for the year when you order them, they may even look dead - that is the nature of hardy perennials so don't worry. Plant them out and wait, perhaps until next year, patience is a virtue in the hardy perennial game. Eventually your hardy perennials should grow back beautiful year after year. Again, this is the nature of hardy perennials - they die back and grow back, die back and grow back, year after year after year. Some years are better than others. You get the picture!
    • Postage and packaging is a flat fee of £3.99 per order
    • If you are for some reason upset in any way please contact us - we're human.

  • About this cultivar: Hosta 'Sum and Substance' is 1980 introduction considered to be one of the finest cultivars ever introduced. The giant chartreuse clump is a knockout, topped by tall scapes of pale lavender flowers in midsummer. If you want you can let it spread and it will oblige. Image credit: Wikipedia Creative Commons
  • About this genus: Hosta (hos-ta) is a genus of plants commonly known as plantain lilies, giboshi, or the old botanical name Funkia. The name Hosta is in honor of the Austrian botanist Nicholas Thomas Host. However most modern plants were introduced from Japan to Europe by Philipp Franz von Siebold in the mid-19th century. Don't worry about Philipp's legacy being forgotten though; he has a species named after him! (Hosta sieboldiana).
  • Hosta are often touted as the best shade-loving plants for the perennial garden, which is hard to dispute. In cultivation, Hosta readily mutate and have produced thousands of novel colors and leaf forms (blue, gold, and variegated are the most popular). Because of their great foliage Hosta are often thought of as foliage-only plants, but it is worth noting that many cultivars have fantastic flowers - see "Sum and Substance" and "Stained Glass" for example.
  • You will read that for best performance, Hosta prefer to be out of full-sun. However if you live on these islands it is doubtful you will ever get any full-sun; so you may try them in your brightest spot as long as they have some moisture. You may have had some experience with slugs and Hosta. So have we. We have found that cultivars matter (some are tastier to slugs than others) so we try to grow only slug resistant cultivars or ones that grow so many new leaves the slugs can't keep up.
  • Position: Full sun, partial shade, full shade Soil: Almost any soil Flowers: June, July Other features: Grows well in Ballyrobert, Interesting Foliage or Fruit, Suitable for Container, Dappled Shade or Full Shade Loving Hardiness: Fully hardy - grows well in Ballyrobert! Habit: Clump forming Foliage: Deciduous Height: 75 - 105 cm (2.5 - 3.5 ft) Spread: 105 - 135 cm (3.5 - 4.5 ft) Time to full growth: 2 to 5 years Plant type: Herbaceous Perennial Colour: Green, yellow, purple
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