Hosta Halcyon has smooth, lance-shaped, glaucous leaves to 20cm long, are topped with spikes of handsome, lavender-grey, bell-shaped flowers in mid- to late summer. It will make a flourish at the front of a shady border, sheltered from cold, drying winds. The foliage is also invaluable for softening the edges of hard landscaping.
This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring. Water your hosta well as soon as you plant it (avoiding the foliage if possible), and then water it regularly and thoroughly - particularly during the first growing season. You'll get thicker, lusher leaves if you give your hostas a really good feed. An annual mulch in spring or autumn will help to keep the weeds down and is an easy way to improve soil and boost nutrient levels.
- Partial or full shade
- Fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Average to fast-growing
- Flowers in July and August
- Fully hardy