Frances Williams Hosta

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Frances Williams Hosta (Hosta 'Frances Williams') is an attention-getter for your shady garden. The large blue-green leaves have a splotched chartreuse edge and can grow to over a foot long and wide on their own! Bold shade garden additions, Hostas live large and live long!

Later in the summer, it'll send up stems of white bell-shaped flowers. They'll compliment the leafy green foliage very well and are great options for adding color to your shadier areas. Local Pollinators and hummingbirds both will adore these blooms as much as your vase bouquets will too! They are nectar-rich, with an "easy-access" shape, and they bloom at an important time of the season.

Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 3 to 9, Frances Williams grows 2-3 feet in height but spreads wide 3-4 feet in width! Adaptable and easy to grow, Hosta are fantastic for gardeners of all levels.

Planting and Application:

Frances Williams Hostas are not diminutive plants that daintily edge your planting beds. These monsters can get over fairly tall and up to two yards wide and will fill your shady bed without a second thought. So plant and plant accordingly!

Luckily, These perennials are certainly easy enough for beginners to gain success in the shade garden. Thoughtfully planned Shade Gardens can help you and your loved ones cultivate a rewarding hobby as serene nature watchers! You'll definitely want to plan a seating area near your shade garden to enjoy your space. Garden design professionals look for plants that give visual interest at every layer.

Frances Williams Hosta looks great when mixed with other shade-loving plants. They make any shady area more refined and full. Use as filler underneath your shade trees, whose canopies can sometimes leave you wondering what to do with the area below.

  • Enormous Bi-Color Foliage - Chartreuse Edged Green
  • White to Purple Blooms in Mid-Summer
  • Blooms are Held High in Summer
  • Pollinators & Hummingbirds Relish the Nectar
  • Edging Plants, Shaded Area Specimens & Large-Scale Accents

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Frances Williams loves the shade. In fact, too much sun can end up scorching the leaves. Keep them happy with well-drained soil that gets plenty of water during the growing season. The best way to water these Perennials is by getting under the leaves, directly on the soil, otherwise, the big leaves act like an umbrella and keep the water from going where you want it to. Almost completely pest and carefree, the only thing you'll want to keep an eye out for are slugs. Provide moderate yet consistent moisture throughout the growing season. Hosta appreciates a 3-4 inch thick layer of arborist mulch chips to help hold in moisture. Deadhead after flowers fade, and clean the foliage away from the plant once it dies back in the autumn.

  • Big Leaves & Color in Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Easy to Grow In A Wide Variety of Soil
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Long-Lived & Low-Maintenance
  • Textured Foliage Resists Pests & Slugs
  • Very Cold Hardy & Heat Tolerant
  • Divide Every 3-5 Years

You will definitely enjoy these big boys for years to come. Order a pair of Frances Williams Hosta's to finish your gardening projects today from Nature Hills Nursery.

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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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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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
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Frances Williams Hosta Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Hosta seiboldiana 'Frances Williams'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Shade, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White & Purple Tinged
Foliage Color Blue-Green With Chartreuse Edges
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn
Fragrant No