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Designer Genes Hosta

Hosta 'Designer Genes'

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Designer Genes Hosta (Hosta 'Designer Genes') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Hosta 'Designer Genes' foliage

Hosta 'Designer Genes' foliage

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Plant Height:  18 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spacing:  15 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Plantain Lily, Funkia

Description:

A unique hosta with graceful lance-shaped bright yellow leaves, rising on crimson petioles; leaves age to chartreuse later; provides beautiful texture and contrast to other plants; purple flowers on crimson scapes in July

Ornamental Features

Designer Genes Hosta features dainty spikes of purple tubular flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its attractive textured heart-shaped leaves remain yellow in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The crimson stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Designer Genes Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Designer Genes Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Designer Genes Hosta will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark 
Ornamental Features