Fast-Growing Hosta with Cascading Leaves
Mature Wolverine Hostas (Hosta ‘Wolverine’) are a sight to behold. The strap-shaped leaves grow slightly upward from a central clump, which gives plants a cascading appearance. But the color is a real show-stopper -- variegated leaves of bluish-green have wide, golden margins. Plant Wolverine Hosta anywhere you need to punch up your shade garden!
A Different-Looking Hosta
1. Unusual foliage. The leaves are long and tapering, giving a ribbon-like quality to Wolverine Hosta. The foliage is also shiny, with edges that are slightly rippled.
2. Fast-growing. Many hostas are slow to establish and grow, but Wolverine Hosta takes off with fast growth that allows it to multiply rapidly.
3. Hummingbirds love the flowers. Lavender flowers are borne along 20-inch stems that not only add more color to these plants, but which also attract hummingbirds.
Wolverine Hosta typically grows twice as wide as it is tall. Its height tops out at 18 inches, while its spread reaches 36 inches. This makes it a fabulous filler plant for shade gardens. If you plant Wolverine Hosta in a container, its cascading growth overhangs the edges of pots for a full appearance. Place Wolverine Hosta in your woodland garden or shady border garden to soften the vertical lines of trees.
Tough Plant; Easy Care
You won’t have to fuss over Wolverine Hosta; simply follow these few planting and care guidelines:
• Planting. Don’t set plants so deeply in the soil that you bury the crowns, which can cause the plants to rot. Keep the center of the plant level with – or slightly above – the soil line.
• Sun. Easy does it with sun exposure. Morning sun and afternoon shade are best.
• Soil. Rich, organic soil supports healthy growth. Just make sure that the soil drains well.
• Water. Keep an eye on new plants to ensure they don’t dry out. Mature plants prefer evenly moist soil.
• Fertilizer. Less is best with fertilizer. One application of a slow-release, all-purpose fertilizer in spring helps boost healthy growth and maintain plants.
• Pruning. Just a few snips here and there are all you need. Snip the old flower spikes when plants finish blooming, and remove the dead leaves in autumn or winter.