The Hosta First Frost (Hosta 'First Frost') is a handsome sport of Halcyon Hosta and begins in spring with deep blue leaves with a gold-colored edging. This edging is irregular and just about half an inch wide, but then First Frost evolves to a pure white in summer!
The light lavender flowers appear on 28-inch scapes by midsummer, attracting hummingbirds and pollinators and putting on a colorful display in your garden all season long! It maintains its outstanding blue color and beautiful edging until the first frost in the fall
Named a Designer Hosta and 2010 Hosta of the Year, First Frost is incredibly cold-hardy throughout USDA growing zones 3 - 9, and thrives in the shadier spots of your landscape, porch, patio or planter!
Since the foliage spreads 3 feet wide First Frost is a fine size for groundcover, edging, or specimen use! The large, broad, colorful leaves are ideal for edging along garden bed fronts to ease the transition between lawn and garden and to quickly hide large sections of shady areas each growing season.
Pot up in a large planter or container to elevate your landscape, let drape over the edge of an urn, or use as a large focal point among finer-textured perennials and annuals. Set one on the corner of a shady foundation. Plant at the base of, or at the top of a retaining wall so these graceful large leaves can soften edges.
First Frost is resistant to pests and this low-care perennial is ideal for shady positions in full shade or partial shade, favoring afternoon protection from the summer sun. First Frost grows best in moist, well-drained, highly organic soils with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5. Sandy loam is better than clay because it provides more aeration for the roots. Provide moderate, yet consistent moisture and a 3-4 inch thick layer of arborist bark chips for best results. Prune the entire plant to the ground in late fall when leaves die back.
Gorgeous blue-green and gold foliage plus lavender blooms, First Frost is a remarkable variety of Hosta that's sure to brighten the shady spots in your landscape! Hurry and order First Frost Hosta from NatureHills.com today before they sell out!
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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|#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|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 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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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Hosta 'First Frost'|
|Mature Height||12 - 15 inches|
|Mature Spread||36 inches|
|Sun Exposure||Full Shade, Partial Shade|
|Flower Color||Light Lavender|
|Pruning Time||Late Autumn|