Hosta lancifolia 'Aurea'. Photo by Tony Garn

Hosta lancifolia ‘Aurea’

Large green Hosta’s are often regarded as the cabbages of the ornamental garden; this specimen is more elegant Hosta lancifolia ‘Aurea’ is a delicate coloured cultivar.

The leaves unfurling from tight bud are a pale lemon yellow. When young translucent almost, but as the season progresses the green pigment evolves.

It will tolerate full sun if the root zone is moist. Where the soil dries out and a high temperature prevails the foliage shrivels and burns. The alternative is to plant in a shaded corner with damp soil but then the risk of slug damage increases.