Hostas come in many shades of green, blue, white, yellow and blends of these. ‘First Frost’ combines them all with blue-green leaves edged with gold that turns white later in the season. The lovely color combination is complemented by a heavy substance that makes the leaves more attractive to you and me but less attractive to snails and slugs. It is a sport of Hosta ‘Halcyon, an old favorite with frosty-blue heavy foliage but no variegation. The lavender flowers are borne on 28” spikes in midsummer. ‘First Frost was voted ‘Hosta of the Year” for 2010 by the American Hosta Growers.

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Bloom: Light lavender flowers are produced in 28” spikes in midsummer.

Foliage: Blue-green leaves have gold margins that turn white.
Size: 16” H x 34” W

Light: Part shade to shade

Soil: Fertile, moist, well drained soil but tolerates less.

Fertilizer: Apply complete fertilizer in spring.

Hardiness: Zones 3-8

Care: Low maintainance

Pests and Diseases: None of significance

Propagation: Division

Companion plants: Heuchera ‘Amethyst Mist’, hydrangeas, hellebores, ferns.

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By Chuck