Planting Instructions by Flower Name
- Hardy Zones: 3-9
- Spacing: 24-36"
- Height: 10-18"
- Blooms: Mid- to late summer
Wide Brimmed Hostas
Hosta ‘Wide Brim’
Hostas are very tough, long-lived, shade-loving perennials native to northeast Asia. They are in the Lily family and there are hundreds of varieties available to gardeners. They make excellent border or edging plants, and are a good, carefree choice for shady locations. ‘Wide Brim’ has large green, heart-shaped leaves with buttery-yellow edges. Purple flowers bloom atop 2’ scapes midsummer.
Plant the crown, the place where the shoots and the roots meet, level with the soil surface, and 24-36” apart. Hostas do best in moist, well-drained, highly organic soil in an area that gets morning sun or dappled sunlight. ‘Wide Brim’ is able to handle more sun than many other hostas, especially when planted in the north with plenty of moisture. Avoid hot afternoon sun, which will wilt and scorch the leaves.
Feed hostas at the beginning of the season with an all-purpose fertilizer. Keep hostas well watered during dry spells, but avoid watering in the evening if possible, as it may attract slugs and snails. Watch for ragged holes in the leaves, which indicate presence of these pests. Controls include spreading diatomaceous earth or slug bait around the plants or setting beer traps by the plants (sink shallow cups filled with beer by the plants). Cut the flower scapes to the ground after blooms are done to redirect energy back to the plant.
Mulch the plants to retain moisture and prevent the plants from heaving from the ground during freezing and thawing. Cut back foliage after the first frost or when plants go dormant to remove hiding places for slug eggs and other pests.