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Shadowland® 'Above the Clouds'

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Shadowland® 'Above the Clouds'

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Introducing the Shadowland® 'Above the Clouds' Hosta, a captivating hybrid that promises to elevate any garden space with its ethereal beauty. This perennial plant thrives in hardiness zones 3 through 9, making it a versatile addition to a wide range of climates. Its striking appearance is characterized by cloudy blue leaves that boast a unique cupped shape and a textured, puckered surface, ensuring it stands out in any garden setting.

The 'Above the Clouds' Hosta reaches a mature size of approximately 2 feet 1 inch in height with a spread that extends between 4 feet 6 inches and 5 feet, making it a medium-sized plant with a significant landscape presence. In early summer, it graces the garden with pale lavender flowers, adding a splash of subtle color and attracting hummingbirds to your outdoor space.

This variety prefers part shade to full shade, requiring anywhere from less than 4 hours to 6 hours of sunlight daily. It is an easy-to-maintain plant, requiring average water and thriving in both acidic and neutral soils that are well-drained and organically enriched. Beyond its visual appeal, the Shadowland® 'Above the Clouds' Hosta serves as an excellent filler in containers or can make a stunning impact when used in landscape designs or mass plantings.

Plant Attributes

The Shadowland® 'Above the Clouds' Hosta is distinguished by its unique set of attributes that make it a standout addition to any garden. This perennial plant features foliage of a mesmerizing cloudy blue hue, with leaves that are both cupped and puckered, giving them a distinctive texture that adds depth and interest to its appearance. The plant achieves a moderate stature, growing to a garden height of 25 inches, with scape heights stretching from 30 to 38 inches, indicating its strong presence in any landscape design.

With a spreading habit that covers 54 to 60 inches, it requires a similar spacing to thrive, allowing each plant ample room to display its full glory. The Shadowland® 'Above the Clouds' blooms in early summer, showcasing flowers of a soft lavender shade that contribute to its overall charm. The foliage itself maintains its captivating cloudy blue color throughout the growing season, providing continuous visual interest.

This hosta variety is tailored for those seeking low-maintenance gardening, requiring only average water and thriving in average to fertile soils. Its soil pH preference ranges from acidic to neutral, accommodating various garden conditions. Furthermore, its adaptability to part shade to full shade makes it an ideal candidate for those challenging spots in the garden where few plants can flourish.

Landscape Use

The Shadowland® 'Above the Clouds' Hosta offers a variety of landscaping uses, making it a versatile choice for gardeners and landscape designers. Here are some of its primary landscaping applications:

  • Shade Gardens: With its preference for part shade to full shade, this hosta is an ideal choice for underplanting beneath the canopy of trees or in the shadow of buildings where few plants thrive. Its unique cloudy blue foliage brings light and interest to these darker areas.
  • Woodland Settings: Its naturalistic appearance fits perfectly into woodland garden designs, contributing to a serene and tranquil woodland aesthetic. The plant's texture and color add depth and contrast against the backdrop of deciduous and evergreen trees.
  • Mixed Borders: When planted in mixed borders, the 'Above the Clouds' Hosta can serve as a stunning focal point or a complementary plant, depending on the design. Its large, textured leaves and lavender flowers in early summer provide visual interest throughout the growing season.
  • Containers: This hosta's moderate size and striking foliage make it suitable for container gardening. Planted alone or in combination with other shade-loving plants, it brings a piece of woodland charm to patios, balconies, and terraces.
  • Mass Plantings: For a dramatic ground cover effect, mass plantings of Shadowland® 'Above the Clouds' create a sea of cloudy blue foliage. This approach is particularly effective in larger landscape areas, public gardens, or as a transition between different garden rooms.
  • Hummingbird Gardens: The pale lavender flowers attract hummingbirds, making this plant a valuable addition to gardens designed to attract wildlife. Integrating it into a hummingbird garden encourages these delightful visitors while adding to the garden's aesthetic appeal.
  • Erosion Control: While not its primary use, the dense foliage and root system of hostas can help in stabilizing soil and preventing erosion in shaded areas, especially on slight slopes or in areas where other groundcovers might struggle.

Overall, the Shadowland® 'Above the Clouds' Hosta is highly appreciated for its decorative leaves, easy care, and versatility in landscaping designs, making it a top choice for gardeners looking to enhance the beauty and biodiversity of their outdoor spaces.

Planting & Care

Planting and caring for the Shadowland® 'Above the Clouds' Hosta involves several key steps to ensure its health and vibrant display in your garden. Here’s a comprehensive guide:

Planting Instructions:

  1. Timing: Plant in spring or early fall to allow the hosta time to establish before the extremes of summer heat or winter cold.
  2. Location: Choose a location with part shade to full shade. Morning sun with afternoon shade is ideal in most climates.
  3. Soil Preparation: Hostas prefer moist, well-drained soil. Enrich the planting site with compost or well-rotted manure to improve soil structure and nutrient content.
  4. Planting: Dig a hole twice as wide and just as deep as the root ball. Set the plant in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Backfill with soil, gently firming down without compacting. Water thoroughly after planting.

Care Instructions:

  • Watering: Water regularly to keep the soil consistently moist, especially during dry spells. Hostas in containers may require more frequent watering. However, avoid waterlogging as this can lead to root rot.
  • Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the plant to retain soil moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weed growth. Keep the mulch a few inches away from the plant stems to prevent moisture buildup that could cause rot.
  • Fertilizing: Feed in early spring with a slow-release, balanced fertilizer to encourage vibrant foliage. Optionally, a midsummer application can support continued growth, especially in poorer soils.
  • Pest and Disease Management: Slugs and snails can be a problem for hostas, feeding on the leaves. Use environmentally friendly slug baits or barriers as needed. Watch for signs of disease such as leaf spots or crown rot and treat with appropriate fungicides following label instructions.
  • Winter Care: In fall, after the first hard frost, cut back the foliage to ground level. This helps prevent pests and diseases overwintering in the dead leaves. In colder zones, a light mulch layer can protect the crown through winter.
  • Division: Hostas can be divided every few years in early spring or early fall if you wish to propagate or control their size. Carefully lift the plant, divide it into smaller sections with a sharp knife or spade, ensuring each section has roots and shoots, and replant immediately.

By following these planting and care tips, your Shadowland® 'Above the Clouds' Hosta should thrive, bringing a serene beauty to your garden for many years.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Watering Needs: Average; ensure moist, well-drained soil, especially in hotter zones or containers.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: HOST-uh hybrid
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Herbaceous
  • Growth rate: Medium
  • Average landscape size: Grows to a height of 2'1" with a spread of 4'6" - 5'.
  • Special features: Attracts Hummingbirds, Foliage Interest, Suitable for Container, Landscape Use, Mass Planting
  • Dramatic Foliage: Cloudy Blue Leaves with Cupped and Puckered Texture
  • Foliage color: Blue
  • Blooms: Early Summer
  • Flower color: Purple
  • Flower attributes: Pale Lavender Flowers
  • Garden style: Ideal for Part Shade to Shade Gardens, Woodland Settings
  • Design Ideas: Magnificent when planted in groups to create a lush, textured ground cover in shaded areas. Use as a stunning focal point in mixed borders or shade gardens. The unique foliage texture and color are perfect for contrasting with finer-textured plants. Excellent for adding interest to containers.
  • Companion Plants: Complements ferns, astilbes, and bleeding hearts for a shaded or woodland garden. Pairs well with spring bulbs for early season color.

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