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Hosta 'Liberty'

Plantain lily

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Mauve

Feature

Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

While hostas produce flowers, they are mostly grown for their bold foliage. These full hardy plants can be grown under deep-rooted trees as ground cover, in borders, or even near water. They grow best in moist but well-drained soil and most prefer shade with shelter from cold winds. For the lushest displays, feed with a balanced fertiliser between March and June. Do not feed after this period or you will encourage the sort of sappy growth that slugs adore! To avoid the leaves looking like a piece of lace, take measures against slugs and snails, such as beer traps. Hosta 'Liberty' produces green leaves with broad yellow margins.

Family: Hostaceae

Genus: Hosta

Cultivar: Liberty

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Mauve

Foliage colour: Golden variegation

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 50cm

Time to divide plants: August to March

Flowering period: June-July


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