For the best results with Hosta Great Expectations ground cover, plant them in sheltered areas with dappled shade as they prefer a little sunlight to retain their variegated stripes – though they will not be happy spending all day in direct sunlight.  As perennials they will die back every Autumn and start to grow again by late Spring. Plant them in rich organic soil with good drainage and keep the roots moist. One common difficulty in Hosta care is slugs, which leave unsightly holes in the leaves. A light scattering of sand around your plants will help keep those slugs at bay!

How to grow Hosta Great Expectations

Position: Dappled shade

Foliage: Perennial

Soil and site: Fertile, moisture retaining & well drained

Flowering time: Mid-late Summer

Growth rate: Moderate

Ultimate height and spread:  Height to 70cm, width to 130cm (Clump forming, so width will grow over time)

Hardiness: Hardy once established

Aftercare: Water well until established, avoiding soil becoming waterlogged. Cut off spent flower stems to encourage new growth. Hosta’s benefit from a good feed, resulting in more lush foliage. Divide clumps in early Spring or late Autumn if they become congested (usually every 3-5 years)