Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Exposure: Part to Full Shade
  • Bloom Time: Summer
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Gold Standard Hosta

Hosta 'Gold Standard'
A beacon of light in the shady garden. Tolerates considerable sun, too!

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Do you have a dark and dreary part of your landscape that you avoid looking at? That shady corner could be lush and lively! Gold Standard Hosta brings light and life to neglected spots. This cheery Spirit greets the lengthening days of spring with chartreuse foliage edged in a thin margin of green. As the weather warms, it dials up the drama. The green border darkens, while the inner portion turns gold and, finally, pale buttercream-yellow. Gold Standard grows vigorously, quickly filling in to make a sublime specimen or—when planted en masse—a beautiful bank of gold and green. Superb

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Exposure: Part to Full Shade
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Show more ›

The Story

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. Gold Standard Hosta was minted in Michigan by Pauline Banyai, the “Michigan Hosta Lady” of Madison Heights, near Detroit. A passionate plantswoman, Banyai bred 40 varieties of Hostas in her lifetime. Gold Standard was the most popular of her selections; it remains one of the classic yellow forms. Gold Standard was registered with the American Hosta Society in 1976.


The Details

Hostas need shade in order to thrive, but Gold Standard Hosta is more sun-tolerant than most. At least in cool northern and coastal regions, it can tolerate several hours of moderately bright sunshine without scorching. In fact, some good morning sun will help to bring out the boldest yellow tones.

How to Grow

Gold Standard is best with morning sun and afternoon shade, but it is quite adaptable. Regular water is a must. Slugs may be problematic with Hostas, but they can be controlled with repeated applications of an iron phosphate product like Sluggo®, which is safe to use around pets. 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 Gold Standard, you can do it at any time, but late winter/early spring is best.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 3
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Part to Full Shade
Avg Mature Height 1.5-3'
Avg Mature Width 1.5-3'
Flower Color Pink Lavender
Foliage Color yellow leaves with irregular dark green margins. Leaf centers emerge chartreuse turn golden yellow. Yellow leaf color may eventually fade to white
Bloom Time Summer
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Fragrant No
Groundcover Yes
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Wet Moist Soils Yes
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

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