2 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Hosta 'Frances Williams' Overview
Hosta 'Francis Williams' is a hardy perennial cultivar of Hosta sieboldiana that forms large mounds of variegated and rounded intense blue leaves with clearly defined gold edges. In mid to late summer, erect stems of nodding off-white flowers appear. All Hostas need some shade, and few will thrive in strong sunlight. A general rule is that the lighter the foliage, the brighter the sunlight that will be tolerated. Variegated varieties tend to require more sun to keep their white, light green or gold stripes. The darker, bluer varieties need more shade. They are ideal for growing in North facing aspects of your garden where most other plants would struggle. Once established, Hostas are pretty tough and will spread horizontally to make an excellent ground cover. They are suitable for most garden styles and look good in containers (but keep well watered and watch out for vine weevil in pots!). They require little care apart from tidying up spent leaves and flowers at the end of the growing season, preferably an autumn mulch. Also, in spring, to retain moisture. Hostas like a sheltered position in moist, well-drained soil and do best in a slightly acidic growing medium, but this isn't necessary, and any good garden soil - unless very alkaline - is fine. This cultivar is a sport seedling developed from Hosta 'Striptease' and has a wider white line definition between the leaf's outer and inner green colours than its parent.
How to propagate Hosta 'Frances Williams'
Divide clumps every 4 or 5 years in late summer or early spring. Ensure each section has 1 to 3 good buds and trim away damaged roots. Replant at their original depth in the ground with the shoots just poking through the soil. Water and apply a granular feed.
Collect seeds in autumn from dry seed heads, sow in spring and place in a cold frame. Seeds are unlikely to come true.
Special features of Hosta 'Frances Williams'
Other uses of Hosta 'Frances Williams'
This fantastic foliage plant is useful for underplanting but it is equally grown in containers in urban courtyards and formal beds of cottage gardens. With an OPALS rating of 1, these plants are considered 'Good' to include in a low allergen planting scheme.