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Perennials

Hosta 'Sum and Substance'

Plantain Lily

One of the largest growing and popular hostas of the day, 'Sum and Substance' is widely prized for its size and its huge, heavy leaves that are chartreuse-gold and have a waxy sheen. 'Sum and Substance' is a massive plant, with the leaves rising high and spreading wide on long, stout stems, forming an impressive clump. The flowers are pale lavender, bell-shaped, and borne on sturdy stems high above the leaves in mid-summer. This hosta is one of the widest-growing of any hosta, reaching mature size in about three years. Best planted as a specimen, 'Sum and Substance' tolerates sun fairly well and shows good slug resistance.

Additional:

American Hosta Growers Association's Hosta of the Year for 2004.

Plantain Lily Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Most hostas prefer semi-shade, especially in the hot afternoon. Dense foliage crowds out garden weeds. This variety benefits from morning sun.

Height:

24-36 Inches

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Spread:

36-60 Inches

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Hardiness Zone:

3 - 9

Characteristics & Attributes for Hosta 'Sum and Substance'

Exposure
Partial Shade
Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Spring
Summer
Fall
Attributes
Border or Bed
Focal Point
Great Foliage
Specimen
Foliage Color
Gold
Green
Chartreuse
Great Companion Plants for Hosta 'Sum and Substance'
English Ivy English Ivy (Hedera helix 'Thorndale')
Coral Bells Coral Bells (Heuchera 'Black Taffeta')
Coral Bells Coral Bells (Heuchera 'Spellbound')
Coral Bells Coral Bells (Heuchera villosa 'Fire Alarm')
Ostrich fern Ostrich fern (Fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris )
False Spirea False Spirea (Astilbe x arendsii 'Fanal')
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