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Hosta Guacamole


Plantain Lily

Perfect for a shady spot

Almost good enough to eat. The distinctive, heart shaped leaves of golden yellow have bold green splashes to the edges so this plant will light up a shady border. Pale lilac flowers are seen in late summer on sturdy stems. These are loved by bees.


A real beauty for a large container in a shady spot or excellent in a bog garden or planted on the edge of a pond.


Easy to grow in any good, moist garden soil, Keep well watered until established. Use good quality loam based compost for container growing and water frequently in summer.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous, Ground cover
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 45 cm - 60 cm
Plant width 75 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 55 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Patio container, Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From April to September