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Shadowland® 'Etched Glass'

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Shadowland® 'Etched Glass'

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The Shadowland® 'Etched Glass' Hosta is a striking hybrid that promises to bring elegance and a touch of the dramatic to any shade garden. This perennial is celebrated for its distinctive foliage, featuring very wide, dark green margins that beautifully contrast with the bright, brilliant yellow centers. This contrast becomes even more pronounced as the plant matures, with the margins developing a unique puckering that adds texture and visual interest to the garden.

Thriving in part shade to full shade, the 'Etched Glass' reaches a mature size of 18 inches in height with a spread of 3 feet, making it a medium-sized hosta that fits well into a variety of garden settings. It is hardy in zones 3 through 9, indicating its ability to withstand a wide range of climates and extreme minimum winter temperatures. This versatility ensures that gardeners across many regions can enjoy the beauty of this hosta.

In early to mid-summer, the 'Etched Glass' Hosta produces near-white flowers that attract hummingbirds, adding an extra layer of interest to its already captivating foliage. Its mounded habit makes it an excellent filler for containers, and its unique foliage colors allow it to stand out as a specimen or focal point in borders, landscapes, or as part of a hosta collection.

Plant Attributes

The Shadowland® 'Etched Glass' Hosta is a perennial plant that captivates with its unique foliage and elegant blooms. This medium-height plant reaches up to 18 inches in garden height, with a scape stretching up to 36 inches, offering a lush, mounded appearance. It requires a spacing of 36 inches to fully spread its leaves, which span equally to 36 inches in width. The foliage itself is a visual marvel, showcasing dark green and bright yellow margins that create a stunning contrast and depth to the garden landscape.

This hosta's flower color is an exquisite white, which complements the dramatic foliage and attracts hummingbirds, adding a dynamic wildlife component to its surroundings. The plant thrives under part shade to full shade conditions, indicating its adaptability to less sunny areas of the garden, making it a versatile choice for gardeners looking to enhance shaded spaces.

Hardy in zones 3a through 9b, the 'Etched Glass' Hosta demonstrates a strong resilience to varying climatic conditions, making it a reliable perennial across many regions. It prefers average to fertile soil conditions and is adaptable to both acidic and neutral soil pH levels, ensuring that it can thrive in a variety of garden settings.

Landscape Use

The Shadowland® 'Etched Glass' Hosta is a versatile perennial that offers a multitude of landscaping uses due to its distinctive foliage, attractive blooms, and shade tolerance. Here are some of its most effective uses in landscaping:

  • Shaded Garden Beds: Ideal for underplanting beneath the canopy of larger trees or shrubs, where its bright yellow and dark green foliage can light up the shade with vibrant colors.
  • Woodland Gardens: Perfect for integrating into woodland settings, where it can add texture and color contrast against the backdrop of native plants and trees, enhancing the naturalistic appeal of the area.
  • Border Planting: Its mounded habit and striking foliage make it a great choice for border edges along walkways or garden paths, providing a continuous flow of color and interest throughout its growing season.
  • Container Gardening: 'Etched Glass' Hosta can be grown in containers where its ornamental leaves can be appreciated up close. It serves as a stunning focal point on patios, balconies, or near entryways, especially in shaded areas.
  • Specimen or Focal Point: With its unique foliage, this hosta can stand alone as a specimen plant in a garden vignette, drawing the eye and adding a point of interest in smaller gardens or specific garden rooms.
  • Mixed Perennial Beds: It pairs beautifully with other shade-loving perennials and ferns, creating a lush, layered look with varied textures and colors. Its foliage contrasts nicely with the finer textures of ferns or the delicate blooms of astilbes.
  • Hummingbird Garden: The near-white flowers of the 'Etched Glass' Hosta are attractive to hummingbirds, making it a valuable addition to gardens designed to attract wildlife, especially in shaded areas where such attractions can be more limited.
  • Erosion Control: Its dense growth habit can help stabilize soil in sloped areas of the garden, reducing erosion while adding aesthetic value.

This hosta's adaptability to a range of shaded conditions, combined with its low maintenance needs and beautiful appearance, makes it a favored choice for gardeners looking to enhance the beauty and biodiversity of their outdoor spaces.

Planting & Care

Planting and caring for the Shadowland® 'Etched Glass' Hosta involves a few key steps to ensure it thrives in your garden, showcasing its vibrant foliage and attractive blooms. Here’s a guide to help you get started:

Planting Instructions:

  1. Timing: Plant in early spring or fall when the weather is cooler. This timing helps the hosta to establish its root system before the extremes of summer heat or winter cold.
  2. Location: Choose a location that receives part shade to full shade. Although hostas can tolerate some morning sun, the vibrant colors of 'Etched Glass' are best preserved in shaded conditions.
  3. Soil Preparation: Hostas prefer moist, well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Amend the planting area with compost or well-rotted manure to enrich the soil and improve drainage.
  4. Planting Depth and Spacing: Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Set the plant in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Space plants approximately 36 inches apart to allow for their mature spread.
  5. Watering: After planting, water thoroughly to settle the soil around the roots. Mulch around the plant to retain soil moisture and regulate soil temperature.

Care Instructions:

  1. Watering: Water the hosta regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, hostas can tolerate occasional dry spells, but they prefer consistently moist soil.
  2. Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the plant to help retain soil moisture, suppress weeds, and keep root temperatures stable.
  3. Feeding: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring as new growth appears. Hostas do not require heavy feeding, but an annual application will support healthy foliage and flowering.
  4. Pruning: Remove spent flower stalks after blooming to keep the plant looking tidy and to direct energy back to the foliage. In late fall, after the first frost, cut back the foliage to ground level to help control pests and diseases.
  5. Pest and Disease Management: Slugs and snails can be a problem for hostas, feeding on the leaves. Use organic slug baits or barriers to protect the plants. Keep an eye out for signs of foliar diseases like leaf spot and apply fungicides if necessary, following label instructions.
  6. Winter Care: In colder climates (zones 3-9), the hosta will die back to the ground in winter. Mulch can be applied after the ground freezes to protect against soil heave, which can damage the roots.

By following these planting and care tips, your Shadowland® 'Etched Glass' Hosta will become a beautiful and enduring part of your garden, offering lush foliage and graceful blooms year after year.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Watering Needs: Average water; well-drained, organically enriched soil. Clean away dead foliage after frost to prevent insect problems.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: HOST-uh hybrid
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Herbaceous
  • Growth rate: Medium
  • Average landscape size: Mature size of 18 inches tall and 3 feet wide.
  • Special features: Border Plant, Container, Landscape, Specimen or Focal Point, Attracts Hummingbirds, Foliage Interest
  • Dramatic Foliage: Dark green and bright yellow margins with unique puckering when mature
  • Foliage color: Green with dark green and bright yellow margins
  • Blooms: Early to Mid Summer
  • Flower color: White
  • Flower attributes: Near-white flowers that attract hummingbirds
  • Garden style: Suitable for a variety of garden styles including shaded garden areas, woodland settings, and informal garden borders.
  • Design Ideas: Ideal for shaded garden beds, underplanting beneath canopy trees, or as a focal point in a hosta collection. Its striking foliage makes it a standout in mixed containers or as a border plant in shaded landscapes. Perfect for creating contrasts with other shade-loving plants in a woodland garden or as an elegant addition to a green and white themed garden.
  • Companion Plants: Complements other shade-loving perennials like ferns, astilbes, and bleeding hearts for textural contrast and color harmony.

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