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    Alex Summers Hosta

    Hosta 'Alex Summers'

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    Alex Summers Hosta (Hosta 'Alex Summers') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Alex Summers Hosta

    Alex Summers Hosta

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    Plant Height:  18 inches

    Flower Height:  28 inches

    Spacing:  20 inches

    Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  2a

    Other Names:  Plantain Lily, Funkia

    Description:

    Beautiful green and gold variegated leaves brighten up shady areas; pale lavender flowers in mid-summer; perfect for shade and woodland gardens

    Ornamental Features

    Alex Summers Hosta features dainty spikes of lavender tubular flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its attractive textured heart-shaped leaves remain green in colour with showy gold variegation throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Alex Summers Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

    This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

    • Insects

    Alex Summers Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • General Garden Use
    • Groundcover

    Planting & Growing

    Alex Summers Hosta will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 28 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

    This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

     
     
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    Characteristics
    Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
    Applications
    Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form 
    Ornamental Features

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