Plantain Lily Hosta Fortunei Francee - 1L Pot - Cut Back
Dense clumps of Hosta Fortunei Francee, formed of ovate mid green leaves with narrow white margins, are a valued fulfilment for mixed arrangements on garden beds and borders, and an excellent patio feature if grown in containers. Its highly decorative foliage crowns are accentuated by a good amount of funnel-shaped, pale purple flowers that nod on the top of upright racemes in summer. Hosta Fortunei Francee has been awarded the Award of Garden Merit given by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which helps gardeners make informed choices about plants.
- Foliage Colour: blue-green, white margins
- Flower Colour: pale purple
- Current Size: 1L pot
- Approx. Growth Height: up to 60cm
- Flowering Period: summer
- Uses: gardens, borders, containers
- Tolerance: frost tolerant
- Growing Habit: clump-forming
- Exposure: sheltered, exposed
- Hardiness: hardy
- Rate of Growth: fast
- Wildlife Friendly
- Light Requirements: partial shade, shade
- Soil Requirements: clay, loamy, acid, neutral
- Moisture: moist, well-drained
Caring and Maintenance
Hostas are herbaceous plants, meaning that the foliage of the plant will die in the winter and re-emerge from its rootstock in spring, making spring the perfect time to divide and replant clumps. Spread a thin layer of compost around the plants in early spring or late autumn. Deadhead faded flowers and stems in order to maintain the appearance of the plant.
Hostas are typically long-lived perennials that adapt very well to new habitats. They grow best in a moist, fertile, and slightly acidic soil in a partial or full shade position.
- Plant spreading: up to 1m
Hostas are native to Eastern Asia as herbaceous perennial plants, and are valued as shade-loving plants, although some varieties can grow in partial shade and under relatively strong sun. Hostas impress with their simplicity, elegance and variation. Their leaves come in different sizes, have different shapes, and an unusual colour variety. They can be lanceolate, oval, orbicular to nearly circular in shape, and their leaves may vary in colour from shades of green, yellow, silvery blue, greenish blue, and white to golden. The leaves will appear in one solid colour or in various combinations of shades, with dark or bright margins, stripes, discolourations or spots. Inflorescences appear in the second half of June to September. They come in shades of white, lavender, or purple, and most of them are slightly scented, bell or funnel-shaped.
Hostas can be planted either as specimen plants, or in garden floral arrangements as a background for other hostas, ornamental grasses and perennials. They will bring life to dark corners of the garden, where most plants would fail. In open areas, hostas look best planted in rock gardens, damp borders, or woodland, perfectly complementing its undergrowth.
The Award of Garden Merit or AGM is an award made to garden plants by the British Royal Horticultural Society after a period of assessment by the appropriate committees of the society. Awards are made annually after plant trials (which may last for one or more years, depending on the type of plant being trialled) at RHS Garden, Wisley and other RHS gardens, or after observation of plants in specialist collections. This is intended to judge the plants' performance for conditions