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Big, bold, beautiful. Frances Williams Hosta owns its space, spreading out its massive leaves to grab what little light there is to be had in those shady places it loves. Each leaf is a masterpiece, a canvas painted a serene blue-green with brushstrokes of soft yellow all around the margins. Let Frances Williams be the showstopper in your woodland garden retreat, patio plantings, or wherever you go to de-stress. In early summer, pull up your lounge chair, because hummingbirds will swoop in on the pale lilac flowers that rise just above the handsome foliage.
Hostas are native to Japan, China, and Korea, but they have many passionate fans around the world. Over the years, plant breeders (along with some home gardeners) have introduced new Hosta selections whenever they’ve found a plant with unique traits. As a result, there are now thousands of varieties to pick from! Frances Williams Hosta was discovered in 1936 by none other than Frances Williams, a landscape architect and plant breeder. Too modest to name it after herself, however, Williams called it ‘Aureomarginata’. In 1986, her daughter officially registered the plant and changed the name to honor her mother.
Hostas are simple to grow, but one challenge Hosta growers do face is slugs. Slugs love these succulent Spirits. Because Frances Williams Hosta has such thick, waxy foliage, however, it is largely slug-proof! They tend to shun it and go elsewhere in search of easier meals.
How to Grow
Hostas love shade, and Frances Williams is especially needful of protection from the hot sun. The yellow portion of the leaf is vulnerable to browning if the light is too intense or moisture is inadequate. Frances Williams is otherwise as simple to grow as any other Hosta. Water weekly if no rain falls. In deer-prone areas, treat with Plantskydd® to prevent grazing. Foliage will die back with the first frosts and can be cut back then. If you wish to dig and divide Frances, you can do it at any time, but late winter/early spring is best.
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