Great Expectations Hosta

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Texture, color, and form, Expect great things from this exceptional Hosta! This is a superlative choice to grace your shaded glens and add bright visual interest underneath mature trees. Garden designers count on standout selections to play the starring role to delight their clients. Great Expectations Hosta (Hosta sieboldiana 'Great Expectations') has earned a reputation as a major player!

Follow their lead by including one or several in your special Hosta collection. They'll perform beautifully, although they will take some time to develop into their full glory. Great Expectations adds a bold look with exquisite, heart-shaped leaves that are both puckered and held stiffly. These thick leaves are held erect and generate a sense of anticipation when garden visitors view them.

This showy promise is realized with the unique foliage coloration. Each leaf is a performance, with a set stage of creamy-gold centers that lighten to white with sunlight; and broadly irregular margins. Try the leaves in cut flower arrangements as a spectacular filler. Even a single leaf makes an elegant statement on a modern tablescape. Bell-shaped, fragrant white flowers add a midsummer decorator touch...along with butterflies and Hummingbirds. They are held high on long, slender scapes that can reach two feet in length.

Planting and Application:

Plant a grouping of Great Expectations Hosta to enliven woodland settings. Or, plant a specimen in a large container to baby on your balcony. Ensure Great Expectations Hosta is grown in an area that receives low light. The leaves do well with some morning sun to bring out the rich colors...but too much sun will burn the leaves.

Pair Great Expectations Hosta with Hardy Ferns, Astilbe, Bleeding Hearts, and Heucheras. Choose your favorites from our vast collection of shade perennials and turn a dreary corner into a fabulous feature. Hostas require little care in shady positions, in the ground, in large planters, or in covered patio pots. This popular landscape plant is a great choice for both beginners and experienced gardeners!

Pollinator gardens and wilderness plantings, Great Expectations lights up your Perennial gardens, shaded pathways, and border gardens. Use as groundcover between larger shade plants, as edging along garden edges, and as skirting around larger shrubs and trees where Hosta can bask in their shade.

  • Spectacular, Powdery Blue-Toned Foliage & Feature Ruffled Edges
  • Fragrant Lavender Flowers Held on Tall Spires
  • Spreads to Become Showy, Low Mound
  • Attracts Hummingbirds & Pollinators
  • Enchanting in Containers, Beds, Borders & Specimen Plantings

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Thriving in full shade in hot climates and partial shade in other growing zones, these leaves can burn in full sun settings. Highly resistant to heat and humidity long as they're given adequate shade and moisture, especially throughout the hottest part of the growing season. Tolerant of dry shade once established, these become incredibly resilient perennials! Hostas grow best in moist, well-drained soils that are highly organic. Preferring a pH between 5.5 and 7.5. A generous 3-4 inch thick layer of mulch chips helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill. Give them room to reach their full spread, and be sure to use Nature Hills Root Booster while planting for life-long symbiotic support of the tiny feeder roots.

Low maintenance, there's not much work for you! Once frosts arrive, Hosta is an herbaceous perennial that dies back to the ground and emerges again in early spring. Be sure to remove dead leaf matter from the area to prevent the spread of fungal issues and deter slugs. But it has excellent slug resistance and no disease issues!

  • Hardy & Versatile Shade Lover
  • Widely Adaptable - Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate to Moisture Loving Plant
  • Easy-Care Perennial & Resists Slugs & Pests
  • Slow Growing Cultivar is Worth the Wait
  • Prune In Late Fall

Order your Great Expectations Hosta today and let them take center stage in your shade garden! Order yours and set your expectations high with the help of 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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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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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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Great Expectations Hosta Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Hosta sieboldiana 'Great Expectations'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 24 inches
Mature Spread 36 - 40 inches
Sun Exposure Full Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Slow
Foliage Color Gold & Blue-Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn
Fragrant Yes