Liberty Hosta (Hosta ‘Liberty’)
Receiving rave reviews from experts, the gorgeous Liberty Hosta (Hosta ‘Liberty’) is a sport of the well-known variety ‘Sagae’. It is considered by many to be the finest Hosta ever introduced! This medium-sized Hosta has dark blue-green leaves with a wide golden-yellow margin that fades to creamy white in the summer. It’s so captivating to watch water bead up on the waxy textured leaves of Hosta, turning a rainy day into something special!
In late summer, each mounded and the tidy clump is topped with tall spikes (called scapes) of lavender flowers. These showy blooms attract Hummingbirds and butterflies which will come flocking to the trumpet-shaped flowers!
This Hosta has high slug resistance and is very easy to care for! No wonder it was chosen as the Hosta of the Year in 2012 by the American Hosta Growers Society! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 3 to 8 and can grow a 2-foot tall and 3-foot wide fountain of lovely leaves.
Liberty is an outstanding specimen plant, covering bare areas of the garden with impressive greenery! Like all Hosta, it is most at home in shady, woodland settings and works well as an accent or edging plant! A colorful row of Liberty Hosta in front of your foundation plantings will give your curb appeal rave reviews among the neighbors! Or, grow a circlet around a specimen plant in your garden to make it stand out!
Perfect for shady Asian and Zen-inspired gardens, lending a cool and calming presence to areas for meditation and relaxation. In fact, nearly any garden design looks more peaceful with a few Hostas!
Contemporary plantings and informal cottage gardens alike will benefit from these large perennials. Borders look divine with long rows of Hosta, and so will the edges along beds, driveways, and shady paths.
Skirting trees with these lovely perennials boosts their appearance, and in return, the Hosta will benefit from the generous shade the trees or large shrubs provide. Large shrubs too will look immensely better having their bare stems hidden from view, without the worry about root competition!
Large planters and containers around your patio or shaded balcony will benefit from the graceful presence of these impressive plants.
Pollinator gardens and your Cottage gardens will get a traditional look with the addition of a few of these colorful perennials! Fringe the bases of hardscapes or ring pergolas or gazebos in lush foliage. For a truly unique spectacle, an en masse planting of Liberty Hosta will highlight woodland edges and shady swaths in lush green and gold.
Hostas grow in high-filtered or dappled sunlight. This is necessary for clean, healthy growth. The leaves need some morning sun to bring out the best coloration however, the hot afternoon sun will burn the leaves, especially in warmer growing zones. Plant Liberty in any moist, well-drained spot. It grows well in highly organic soils with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5. Sandy loam is better than clay because it provides more aeration for the roots.
It is best to keep areas around Hostas clear of excess leaf debris, this way you can reduce the presence of slugs and snails. Once frosts arrive, Hosta is an herbaceous perennial that dies back to the ground and emerges again in early spring. Removing the old leaves in early winter will also prevent the spreading of any fungal issues.
A generous layer of mulch chips helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill. Low maintenance and an easy care perennial, Liberty is one of the most versatile Hosta for landscaping.
Once you learn about the amazing blue-green and golden color that Liberty Hosta has to offer your landscape, we are convinced you will give it rave reviews as well!
|Common name||Liberty Hosta|
|Botanical name||Hosta 'Liberty'|
|Height||1 - 2 ft.|
|Width||2 - 3 ft.|
|Sunlight||Full Shade, Partial Shade|
|Soil condition||Well Drained|
|Pruning time||Late Autumn|