Island Breeze Hosta
Golden Foliage turns Chartreuse in the Sun
A sport of 'Paradise Island', this Hosta features the same golden, variegated, subtly ridged foliage as its parent and adds a few improvements: stronger variegation, thicker leaf substance, and a faster growth rate. 'Island Breeze' is a brilliant choice for any shady spot. It will brighten up the shady border or woodland garden, it is small enough for the container, and the foliage is so phenomenal that it is even a great specimen or cut flower. For its versatility, performance, and vibrant foliage, this Hosta was named one of "The Best New Shade Perennials for 2014" by Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.
These beautifully veined, cupped leaves arise profusely on symmetrical mounds about 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide. A bold golden hue edged in deep green, they are eye-catching from across the garden, and make a nice ribbon of color through the border, a bright accent plant anywhere you've got a couple feet of garden space, and a lovely container specimen!
In midsummer, small purple flowers will arise on reddish scapes up to 28 inches high, adding another note of visual interest to the eye-catching foliage. The flowers aren't especially showy or long-lived, but in their tenure they provide the added bonus of attracting butterflies to your garden. As if 'Island Breeze' needed to provide any further color, the red-speckled petioles also bleed some red tones into the display, making it all the more fascinating.
'Island Breeze' is easy to care for, being resistant to heat, humidity, and a whole host of other conditions. These enduring plants are even unfazed by urban pollution! Like most Hostas, their Achilles' heel can be slugs. Though the thicker foliage is harder for slugs to eat, it is not quite slug proof. So if you start to see any holes in the leaves, put out some slug bait.
Best in at least ¼ sun to bring out the gold hues in the foliage, 'Island Breeze' is a delight! Space plants about 20 inches apart in well-drained, enriched soil, and keep them well-watered, particularly the first year, when they are getting established in their new home. Indifferent to heat, humidity, and cold, this is a very vigorous and easy to care for Hosta! Zones 3-9.
|Zone||3 - 9|
|PlantHeight||2 ft 6 in - 3 ft|
|PlantWidth||18 in - 24 in|
|Additional Characteristics||Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Variegated|
|Bloom Color||Lavender, Pink|
|Foliage Color||Chartreuse, Dark Green, Gold, Variegated, Yellow|
|Light Requirements||Part Shade, Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant|
|Soil Tolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy, Poor, Sandy|
|Uses||Beds, Border, Containers, Foliage Interest, Ground Cover, Ornamental, Outdoor|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|