Stained Glass Hosta
Bold Foliage and Fragrant Flowers
Prominent leaf veins against richly-colored gold and green leaves give Stained Glass Hosta (Hosta ‘Stained Glass’) the appearance of colorful stained-glass windows. The unusual leaves plus fragrant flowers formed an unbeatable foliage-flower combination that earned Stained Glass Hosta the 2006 Hosta of the Year Award. If you’re looking for a plant to take your shade garden to a new level of uniqueness, Stained Glass Hosta fits the bill!
Why to Plant Stained Glass Hosta
1. Foliage. There’s a lot going on with the foliage of Stained Glass Hosta. The leaves are predominantly bright-gold, which is already a departure from the norm, but they’re also edged with streaks of deep-green for a contrast that is hard to find. This profusion of color is accented by leaf veins that sub-divide the leaves into a stained-glass masterpiece.
2. Flowers. Not to be outdone by the foliage, Stained Glass Hosta also has fragrant, lavender flowers.
3. Hummingbirds. If you like to sit in the shade and watch as hummingbirds visit your garden, that’s reason enough to plant Stained Glass Hosta! Prized as a foliage plant, it also attracts hummingbirds that sip nectar from the lily-like flowers.
Where to Plant Stained Glass Hosta
Stained Glass Hosta illuminates shady garden spots with its brilliant foliage. On or around your patio or deck, you’ll not only enjoy the colorful leaves, but you’ll also be able to watch the hummingbirds that visit the flowers. If you have a woodland garden, use Stained Glass Hosta to brighten dark areas under trees. Feature Stained Glass Hosta as a container plant, so you can enjoy it as a dramatic focal point.
How to Plant and Care for Stained Glass Hosta
• Planting. Plant so the crown of Stained Glass Hosta doesn’t get buried too deeply.
• Sun. Not a lot of sun; morning exposure is okay, but plants should be shaded from direct afternoon sun.
• Soil. Well-draining, rich soil is best. If the soil in your garden doesn’t drain well, Stained Glass Hosta thrives when planted in raised beds.
• Water. Evenly moist (but not waterlogged) soil is ideal.
• Fertilizer. Once each year, in spring when the leaves emerge, apply a slow-release, all-purpose fertilizer.
• Pruning. Snip flower spikes when plants finish blooming, and remove dead leaves when the plants go dormant in the fall/winter.