Walters Gardens Exclusive Introduction
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
In support of military families across the US, we are proud to introduce the brand new Hosta ‘American Hero’ this year. A portion of the proceeds ($.25) of each plant sold will be donated to Project EverGreen, a national non-profit organization and creator of the GreenCare for Troops program.
The mission of the GreenCare program is to provide free lawn and landscape services to US military families at home while their loved ones serve in the Armed Forces. This is one small burden that together we can bear during this difficult time. The funds raised through the sale of Hosta ‘American Hero’ will go directly towards supporting the military families registered for the GreenCare for Troops program. To date, 9,000 military families have been connected to 2,400 volunteers, and more volunteers are needed.
To learn more, visit www.ProjectEvergreen.com.
‘American Hero’ PPAF--Like the soldiers we are honoring, this is a tough, durable hosta that reliably displays strong, bold variegation all season long. It is a sport of ‘Revolution’ with wider, dark green margins and a creamy white to pure white center speckled with green. The thick leaves form a very dense clump, and as the plant matures they become somewhat twisted. Lavender flowers top the clump in midsummer.
Hostas are exceedingly popular perennials in today's gardens due to their versatility in the landscape. Their subtle colors, tall flower scapes, and broad, coarse leaves fill a niche in garden designs that few other plants can achieve. Their large leaves provide excellent coverage for dying bulb foliage. Hostas also grow well in city environments where the air may be polluted by car exhaust, etc.
Intro Year: 2010
Breeder: Walters Gardens, Inc.
Introducer: Walters Gardens, Inc.
Parentage: Sport of 'Revolution'
Origin: Not Native to North America
Sun or Shade?:
Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
Average water needs
Consistent water needs
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How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
Hostas grow best in moist, well-drained, highly organic soils with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5. Sandy loam is better than clay because it provides more aeration for the roots. High-filtered or dappled sunlight is necessary for clean, healthy growth. Morning sun is tolerable and will help to intensify the leaf colors, but hot afternoon sun is usually deadly to hostas. They are most at home in shady, woodland settings and often work well as specimen or edging plants.
Especially in northern zones, hostas should be mulched with a layer of finely shredded organic material to prevent heaving in the winter. Mulch is beneficial because it retains moisture around the plant's roots, but it is also the ideal place for slugs to hide. Watch for holes in the center of the leaves. If they are present, so are slugs. Applying a slug bait in early spring when new shoots are beginning to emerge will help to reduce the slug population. After a few years when plants are firmly established, the mulch can be removed completely, which should eliminate the slug problem altogether. Also be sure to clean all hosta foliage out of the garden in early winter after the plants have gone dormant. By doing so, you will be ridding the area of the eggs of slugs and other leaf-eating insects.
Hostas have gone by many names, including Funkia, Plantain Lily, Giboosi, and Hemerocallis.