Hosta of the Year 2010!
Hosta ‘First Frost’ has blue colored leaves with yellow edges. The leaves are heart-shaped with a thick substance. In late May and early June, this will be the most beautifully colored hosta in you garden. Its color combination is not easy to describe. It is simply phenomenal. Later in the season, the edges of the leaves turn to creamy white and color is less impressive. The border is larger and more yellow as the plant get mature.
This Hosta provides bright color in shade with wonderful foliage. It is also good for planting in mixed containers or tubs. Hosta go completely dormant in the fall, and the dying foliage can be removed any time before mid spring. Easily divided in either spring or fall, but plants may be left alone for years.
Find a light shade place in your garden to plant hostas. Filtered sun is best for the colorful varieties to reach their full color contrast. The green and blue hostas are the most shade-tolerant. Usually the yellow cultivars are the most sun-tolerant. The most dangerous is a direct sunshine, especially hot afternoon sun. This is the most critical where temperatures are high. Variegated varieties, especially those with a lot of white in the leaves, burn very easily. Blue color of leaves turns to green-blue or even fully green with too much direct sun. Plants with thick leaves are better suited for dry soil conditions than thin-leaved ones, but none is able to grow years-long in very dry soil. Plant hostas in moist, humus-rich soil. Water your hostas well, immediately as you plant them. Give them water regularly during their first one or two growing seasons.