Advanced Search Filters

Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
Sunset Zone
Function
Sun Exposure
Soil Moisture
Water Requirement

HOSTA 'Summer Fragrance'

Image of Hosta 'Summer Fragrance'

James Burghardt

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Summer Fragrance'

Plant Common Name

Hosta, Plantain Lily, Summer Fragrance Plantain Lily

General Description

Hostas are herbaceous perennials grown for their attractive leaves, tolerance for shade, toughness, and mounding habit. This one, ‘Summer Fragrance,' is a large plant with heart-shaped green leaves outlined by creamy-white margins. The leaves are held upright and spreading by stout petioles (flower stems) forming a sizeable clump. The flowers are lavender and fragrant, and borne on tall scapes (leafless stems) above the leaves in mid-summer.

Like most hostas, ‘Summer Fragrance’ grows best in partial shade to full shade, tolerates a wide range of well-drained soils, and prefers average, even moisture. However, it is more tolerant of sun than most hostas. Use it for startling contrasts of size, color, and texture in shaded perennial gardens and woodlands, as a specimen, or massed under large trees to complement their scale and brighten the shade.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    20"-24" / 50.8cm - 61.0cm (24)

  • Width

    50"-60" / 127.0cm - 152.4cm (60)

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Lavender, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Lime Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Lime Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Lime Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes