Autumn Frost Hosta

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The Autumn Frost Hosta (Hosta 'Autumn Frost') is derived from a line of champion Hostas! With unbeatable curb appeal, Autumn Frost is a low-care perennial that is perfect for gardeners of all experience levels! The purple blooms and broad, coarse leaves bring added interest and lush texture to the shade garden without taking up any of your time!

A showier version of First Frost, Autumn Frost has leaves that emerge a frosty blue but have extra wide bright yellow margins. These margins lighten to a creamy white during summer. Bell-shaped lavender flowers appear in mid to late summer, rising on scapes 16 inches long! Bees, butterflies and Hummingbirds will seek out these tubular blooms and you'll love adding a few to your bouquets indoors too!

Wonderfully easy-care, vigorous, and low-maintenance, Hostas are as cold-hardy as they are heat and humidity resistant! Thriving in a wide variety of growing conditions throughout USDA growing zones 3 to 9!

Planting and Application:

A great choice for any beginner gardener! They are perfect for shade gardens, mixed with other shade perennials. Use them as a groundcover, edging, and as underplanting beneath larger trees and shrubs. You will be very pleased with the mounding habit, striking foliage, and easy care of Autumn Frost!

Growing just 6-12 inches in height when in bloom and spreading nearly 2 feet wide, these big foliage ornamentals look great without taking up loads of space. Their bright bicolor leaves more than makeup for their size with sheer color! Ideal for tubs in the shade around your seating areas, and in patio pots and covered porches, the big bold leaves look great with tall sender thrillers or as a stand-alone specimen planting!

Autumn Frost is one of the most popular for landscape uses! You are going to love seeing these vigorous, fast-growing perennials fill in each spring from bare ground each year! So delightfully easy to grow, you'll want to create an entire Hosta garden to show off the amazing array of Hosta plants that are available at Nature Hills!

  • Wide Yellow Margins on Blue-Green Leaves
  • Margins Fade Throughout Summer
  • Lavender Flowers in Summer
  • Great for Cut Flowers & for Pollinators & Hummingbirds
  • Shade Gardens & Borders, Edging & Along Pathways

#ProPlantTips for Care:

High-filtered or dappled sunlight or even full shade is necessary for clean, healthy growth. The morning sun is best to dry the leaves of dew and will help to intensify the leaf colors, but the hot afternoon sun is usually deadly to these Hostas! These herbaceous perennials grow best in moist, well-drained, highly organic soils with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5. Provide moderate yet consistent moisture throughout the growing season and these appreciate a 3-4 inch thick layer of arborist mulch chips to help hold in moisture more consistently and help enrich the soil further. Deadhead after flowers fade, and clean the foliage away from the plant once it dies back in the autumn. Add a layer of mulch over the crown of the plants in the winter.

  • Performs Well in Full Shade to Partial Sun/Shade
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Enriched Well-Drained Soil
  • Amazingly Easy-Care with Minimal Maintenance
  • Prune Back Late Autumn
  • Cold Hardy & Heat Tolerant

Add a touch of frosty beauty all growing season with the Autumn Frost Hosta for your landscape! Be sure to order this most popular Hosta with Landscapers from the experts at Nature Hills!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Hostas need full sun or shade?

Hosta does best in full sun in cooler climates but does appreciate afternoon protection from the worst of the summer sun, especially in the hottest of their growing zone range. In the hottest climates, Hosta like partial shade or dappled shade, and some varieties will do great in full shade.

Where do Hostas grow best?

Hosta plants love enriched, well-drained soil that is moderately yet consistently moist throughout the growing season. They appreciate mulched garden beds.

Do Hostas come back every year? Are Hostas a perennial plant?

With vigorous carefree growth, Hostas are herbaceous perennial plants that will return year after year with little maintenance.

What do you do with Hostas in the fall? What do you do with Hostas in the winter?

Hosta leaves will die back after frost but the crowns and roots remain intact and dormant until next spring. Prune back the leaves once they turn brown in the autumn and remove them from the plant's area. For winter protection, add a layer of compost or mulch over the crowns to protect them from the chill.

Do Hosta attract hummingbirds or pollinators?

Hostas are loved by pollinators and hummingbirds! All walks of beneficial pollinators will show up to sip their nectar.

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Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Autumn Frost Hosta Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Proven Winners
Botanical Name Hosta 'Autumn Frost'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 6 - 12 inches
Mature Spread 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate Consistent
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Blue-Green & White Margins
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn
Fragrant No