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Hosta Sum and Substance

Sum and Substance makes a strong statement in the shade garden with its large size and striking, apple green leaves. A wonderful addition to the shade garden on its own or planted to offset other blooms. (Hosta)

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Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Plant Size: 30-36" tall, Up to 108" wide (9 feet)
Light: Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Bloom Time: Mid to late summer
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Details
SKU 4HOSG
Common Name Plantain Lily
Botanical Name Hosta
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Estimated Mature Height 30-36" tall
Estimated Mature Spread Up to 108" wide (9 feet)
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Rounded, golden, glossy, immense leaves with heavy puckering and typically 15" by 20" wide with deep veining.
Planting Season Spring, Summer
Will Tolerate Loamy Soil, Clay Soil, Moist/Wet Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Suggested Uses Borders, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Easy to Grow
Ships to Canada No
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Description
Sum and Substance is another famous Hosta, considered a giant among the others. It has large leaves that some describe as puckered gold. These beautiful leaves form a three foot tall clump--the sum is a lot of substance.

Hostas are shade lovers grown mostly for their beautiful foliage, and they're probably the very best plants for groundcover under trees in most parts of the U.S. Its simple: they're delighted to grow in shady spots where your grass will not. (They are super hardy in cold areas, but are somewhat difficult as far south as the Gulf Coast.)

Any gardener who lives in the huge area where Hostas are popular knows them. Now with over 1000 named cultivars, there are Hosta collectors everywhere. Just choose your favorites from the small, medium, and large sizes, and an endless choice of leaf designs. The plants, members of the lily family, are native to Korea, China and Japan, and gardeners there have used them for centuries for landscaping. The craze for Hostas is more recent in the U.S. And why not? They offer an endless variety of their wonderful fountain mound shape of handsome foliage--in lush shades of green, bluish-green, yellowish green, and all sorts of variegated types. Nothing is easier to grow; in fact, most gardeners simply ignore them, and they form their beautiful round shapes all by themselves, year after year.

Propagation is simple, too: If you've never divided a Hosta, let me tell you how simple and successful it can be. I once volunteered to help a friend divide three or four large, old Hosta clumps into smaller plants to line a shady walk. We began by digging them up, and then split the big fleshy root masses with a hatchet. Underground, Hostas are much like Daylilies, with fleshy, heavy masses of thick rootstocks. Once, we had the old clumps chopped into 8 or 10 equal-size pieces each, we simply dug a trench on both sides of the shady walk, and buried the pieces spaced evenly apart. They looked fine on through that summer, and the very next spring, each one was up, healthy, and already formed into a perfect circle! So don't think if you divide yours, you'll disturb that wonderful round fountain shape. They just recover and create a new whorled circle wherever you put the divided pieces. Today, that walk is edged with large, lush circles of Hosta foliage all season long.

The Flowers Yes, Hostas do flower, and some cultivars have quite beautiful blooms, mostly purplish, blue or white, on tall lily-like stems above the foliage. Hosta purists often nip off the flower stalks before they can bloom, preferring to throw all the growth into the all-important foliage of the plants.

Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
  • Garden Gloves

    Garden Gloves

  • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

    All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

Reviews

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4.8

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Pros

  • Low maintenance (3)
  • Reliable growth (3)

Cons

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      4.0

      Tough little guys

      By Rookie Gardener

      from Des Moines, IA

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      Pros

      • Low Maintenance
      • Reliable Growth

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about American Meadows Hosta Sum and Substance - Root:

          Planted these at the front of the bed to offset the colors and height of a couple of Rhododendrons. Small plants and a little slow growing. Susceptible to sun burn.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Substance is this Hosta's Large Fortress

          By #1Hosta

          from Oklahoma

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          Pros

          • Low Maintenance
          • Pest Resistant
          • Reliable Growth
          • Vivid Colors

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about American Meadows Hosta Sum and Substance - Root:

              During this horrific drought, this sum and substance has withstood the heat and still hanging in there. On a well so limited to watering, even though not growing the way this hosta should right now it is holding it's own and staying it's color and hanging in there with the rest of the plants. Yea, it is just starting to rain here, badly needed and this sum and substance will gain it's own endurance again like it did with the last rain we received, starts over again and inches it's way up a little taller and wider.

               
              5.0

              surviving in spite of local drought....

              By max

              from castleton, new york

              About Me Casual Hobbyist

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              Pros

              • Easy to plant
              • Low Maintenance
              • Reliable Growth

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Ground cover
                • Large Areas

                Comments about American Meadows Hosta Sum and Substance - Root:

                quick responses to questions regarding planting...service was on time .

                 
                5.0

                The name says it all

                By Kate

                from Pisgah Forest, NC

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                Pros

                • Hardy
                • Healthy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden
                  • Outdoors

                  Comments about American Meadows Hosta Sum and Substance - Root:

                  We live in the mountains and our yard is very wooded and shady, the hostas have done very well here.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                   
                  5.0

                  beautiful plant !!!

                  By oreo

                  from Richmond, Virginia

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                  Pros

                  • Accurate Instructions
                  • Attractive
                  • Hardy
                  • Healthy
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Garden
                    • Lawn
                    • Outdoors
                    • Patio
                    • Pool Area

                    Comments about American Meadows Hosta Sum and Substance - Root:

                    lush green hostas for naturalized areas

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                    • Personal

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