Patriot Hosta (Hosta ‘Patriot’)
A light the dark, the Patriot Hosta (Hosta ‘Patriot’) has heart-shaped, glossy medium green leaves with a large white margin, making this variety very striking! The large leaves have bold, coarse texture that seems to gracefully waterfall over each other to create a tidy and orderly mound.
The lavender flowers bloom in mid-summer and attract a following of hummingbirds and pollinators! You’ll enjoy placing these scented trumpet-shaped flowers on their tall scapes in your bouquets! They shoot up from the foliage on strong, tall stems seemingly made for butterflies to perch themselves on. Patriot provides a bright splash of color with its fabulous foliage in shady places often in need of that extra “pop”!
Patriot Hosta is a former winner of “Hosta of the Year” from the American Hosta Growers. One look, and you’ll see why it was beloved by judges and gardeners alike! Wonderfully cold-hardy and shade tolerant, these herbaceous perennials grow throughout USDA hardiness zones 3 to 8 and can reach nearly 3 feet in height when in bloom, while spreading just 2 feet wide.
This is a low-care perennial and is ideal for shady positions and is one of the most popular for landscapes. Growing effectively in woodland settings or shade gardens, Hosta are never a challenge! They make it easy to create a restful spot that fills bare ground and lights up the shade! Create your own shade-loving perennial display with Ferns, Barrenwarts, Coral Bells, and of course other Hosta!
Use this low-care perennial in dappled and understory settings, as edging plants, foundation plantings, or in large garden planters. Patriot offers effortless style for many years, making it a favorite for beginners and experienced gardeners alike.
Underplant your flowering ornamental trees with this outstanding shade garden workhorse! Add Patriots bold foliage skirts around your favorite urn, arbor, garden bench or a shrub that may be a bit leggy. Use as facer plants along the shady side of an evergreen hedge or your foundation shrubs for a clean transition between lawn and garden!
Plant Patriot in an area that receives the right amount of light. The leaves need some morning sun to bring out the best coloration. Too much sun will burn the leaves. These herbaceous perennials are at home in consistently moist, well-drained, 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. When watering, make sure to lift up the leaves and water the soil directly underneath. Those big boisterous leaves can sometimes act like an umbrella and leave the roots dry. Provide moderate yet consistent moisture throughout the growing season and these appreciate a 3-4 inch thick layer of arborist mulch chips to help hold in moisture. It is best to keep areas around Hostas clear of excess leaf debris to reduce the presence of slugs and snails. Deadhead after flowers fade, and clean the foliage away from the plant once it dies back in the autumn.
|Common name||Patriot Hosta|
|Botanical name||Hosta 'Patriot'|
|Height||20 - 36 inches|
|Sunlight||Full Shade, Partial Shade|
|Soil condition||Well Drained|
|Pruning time||Late Autumn|