First Frost Hosta

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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. These trumpet-shaped blooms look great in your vases indoors!

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! Growing only 12-15 inches in height but spreading up to 3 feet wide at maturity, the foliage becomes more and more frosted in white!

Planting and Application:

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! Create your own shade-loving perennial display with Ferns, Barrenwarts, Coral Bells, and of course other Hosta!

Pot up in a large planter or container to elevate your landscape, let drape over the edge of an urn, or use First Frost as a large focal point among finer-textured perennials and annuals. Set one on the corner of a shady foundation. Plant at the base or the top of a retaining wall so these graceful large leaves can soften edges.

  • Big Broad Leaves Change Blue-Green to White
  • Short & Wide Plant
  • Light Lavender Flowers For Pollinators & Hummingbirds
  • Award-Winning Hosta Variety
  • Edging, Borders, Containers & Specimen

#ProPlantTips for Care:

First Frost is resistant to pests and this low-care perennial! In an area that receives partial sun to full shade, since the leaves need morning sun to bring out the best coloration, though too much sun will burn the leaves. These Perennials are at home in consistently moist, well-drained, highly organic soils with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5. When watering, make sure to lift up the leaves and water the soil directly underneath. Those big boisterous leaves can sometimes act like an umbrella and leave the roots dry. 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. It is best to keep areas around Hostas clear of excess leaf debris to reduce the presence of slugs and snails. Deadhead after flowers fade, and clean the foliage away from the plant once it dies back in the autumn.

  • Full Shade & Part Shade
  • Moderate Moisture & Needs Well-Drained Soil
  • Appreciates Mulch
  • Prune in Late Fall After Leaves Die Back
  • Divide Every Few Years

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!

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.

What Shipping Options Do You Offer?

NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and don'ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Hosta Plants for sale here at NatureHills.com!

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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.

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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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PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

First Frost Hosta Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Hosta 'First Frost'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 12 - 15 inches
Mature Spread 36 inches
Sun Exposure Full Shade, Partial Shade
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Light Lavender
Foliage Color Green With Cream Margins
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn