Great Expectations Hosta

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Texture, Color, Form Great Expectations Hosta

  • Known as the Crown Jewel of Hosta Collections
  • Fantastic Focal Point
  • Larger Hosta Variety
  • Every Heart-Shaped Leaf is a Masterpiece
  • Painterly Foliage
  • Gold Centers Lighten to Platinum Over the Season
  • Showy, Unique Blue-Green Margins
  • Stiff, Thick, Puckered Leaves Catch the Eye
  • Fragrant White Blooms in Summer
  • Nectar Resource for Hummingbirds and Butterflies
  • Hardy and Versatile Shade Lover
  • Can be Grown in Containers
  • Slow Growing Cultivar is Worth the Wait
  • Resists Slugs and Pests
  • Easy-Care Perennial

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 the 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.

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, tubs or patio pots. This popular landscape plant is a great choice for both beginners and experienced gardeners!

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.

Order your Great Expectations Hosta today! Let them take center stage in your shade garden.

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
#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 18.99
20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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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 40 inches
Sun Exposure Full Shade, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Gold, Blue-Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn
Fragrant Yes