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Hosta 'Sum and Substance'

Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’

A botanical giant, ‘Sum and Substance’ averages 30 inches tall by 60 inches wide, sometimes more. Upright, heart-shaped, flat leaves have a glossy chartreuse hue that changes to gold when exposed to more light. Near-white lilac blooms borne on leaning scapes 36 inches long appear from late July through mid-August.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsA magnificent specimen plant.

CareGrow in moist but well-drained, fertile soil. Shade tolerant. Grows best with full morning sun. Tolerates drought, but a summer mulch is beneficial.

PropagationDivide plants in late summer or early spring.

ProblemsSlugs, snails, viruses, foliar nematodes. In containers, watch for vine weevils.

  • Genus : Hosta
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 6 to 10 feet
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Flower Color : White
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  1. Mewtzo 08/17/2014

    I'm starting a new shady garden area and would like to know how far away Sum and Substance should be planted away from a wall as well as from other plants? Any expert gardeners who can answer my question? Also need suggestions for tall hostas that can be used for the background.

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