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Regional Picks: Large-Leaved Perennials – Mountain West

Large-leaved perennials

Fine Gardening - Issue 161

1. ‘Royal Standard’ Hosta

Name: Hosta ‘Royal Standard’

USDA hardiness zones: 3 to 9

Size: Up to 2 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide

Conditions: Partial shade; moist, well-drained soil

Hostas form the backbone of shady areas, and ‘Royal Standard’ hosta is no exception. In spring, bountiful heart-shaped, bright green leaves emerge to form a loose green canopy hovering above the ground. As the season progresses, the layered stacking of the leaves creates depth and interest, especially when the leaves wave gently in the breeze. In late summer, pristine white blooms erupt with a fragrance reminiscent of lilac. The combination of leaf structure and evening fragrance makes this hosta a prime candidate for placement adjacent to outdoor seating areas. You’ll want to plant ‘Royal Standard’ where it gets some shelter from the wind.


2. ‘Countess Helen von Stein’ Lambs’ Ears

Name: Stachys byzantina ‘Countess Helen von Stein’ (syn. ‘Big Ears’)

Zones: 4 to 8


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