Hosta ‘Gold Standard’

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Outstanding Qualities

A superb hosta! The new spring leaves emerge chartreuse with a bright green edge. As summer begins the edge deepens to a dark green and the center begins to lighten, first to a clear yellow then to a pale lemon, almost cream. In late summer tall flower spikes poke up through the foliage with trumpet-shaped lavender blooms. This is a robust and vigorous selection.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: mounding perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 8

Flower Color: lavender

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun, light to open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: This perennial has colorful foliage from late spring to early fall. Flowers are on tall stems well above the foliage.

Wildlife Associations: hummingbirds, bees

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Aconitum x cammarum ‘Bicolor’, Beesia deltophylla, Dicentra ‘Luxuriant’, Epimedium x rubrum, Saruma henryi

Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, yellow

Great Color Partners: blue, burgundy, cream, purple, silver

Culture Notes
Hostas prefer a location in light to open shade, although ‘Gold Standard’ will tolerate full sun with adequate moisture. Plant it in a location with rich moist to well-drained soils. Most hostas will tolerate sandy sites as well as clay. During dry weather provide regular watering, especially in sandy soils. Hot locations should be avoided. Flowers can be removed once the blooms have faded and the foliage can be cut to the ground in fall.