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Hostas are grown for their foliage that comes in a spectrum of blues, golds, greens, yellows, whites, variegated, some speckled and others striped. They thrive in the shade, are long-lived and low-maintenance. Many Hosta varieties have seasonal color or can change color depending on growing conditions. While there are well over 3,000 cultivars to choose from, we offer a range of foliage shapes, colors and sizes. Hostas can take years to fully mature, each year exhibiting a change in color, texture and form.
About this Variety
The leaves of Hosta Whirlwind are variegated and change color through the growing season. Its lime green white leaves form dark, wide green margins that darken later in the summer. Hosta Whirlwind is the winner of the Award of Garden Merit and the Best Variegated Hosta in a Garden Award from the American Hosta Society in 1992. Great choice for just about any garden use and style.
- Perfect addition to the shade garden
- Easy to grow
- Beneficial to pollinators; attracts hummingbirds
- Returns and blooms year after year
- Beautiful foliage summer to fall
Partial to full shade
Grows 12-24" tall
Plant 18-36" apart, 2-3" deep
Grow as Perennial in zones 3-9, Grow as Annual elsewhere.
Plant Hosta outdoors in spring after all danger of frost has passed in a partially shaded to full shade location. The ideal soil is rich and porous and drains well, yet still holds enough water for the roots. If your soil is heavy clay and drains slowly, or very sandy and does not hold water, add organic soil amendments like peat moss or ground bark. Spread a 3-4 inch layer of soil amendment if needed and incorporate into the soil to a depth of 10 inches. Plant roots 2-3" deep and 18-36" apart. Cover with soil. Water thoroughly at planting. While actively growing, water frequently and thoroughly so that water will reach roots. Mulch to keep the soil cool and to prevent the soil from drying out. Fertilize regularly.
Remove foliage after it has completely yellowed and died back. Divide every two to three years.