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Sum and Substance Hosta Lily - 1 Gallon Pot
We've grown and planted many Hosta varieties in our gardens over the years and 'Sum & Substance' get the Top Performer award among the golden leaved cultivars. We're not sure why they didn't call it 'Sun & Substance' because this one has shown exceptionally good sun tolerance in our north-central Georgia gardens over the years. In fact, the more sun it gets the brighter gold are the enormous leaves! Get all the details below

Sum and Substance Hosta Lily - 1 Gallon Pot

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SIZE: 1 GALLON POT


Sum and Substance Hosta Lily
Hosta 'Sum and Substance'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 3a-9b  Find Your Zone



Special Attributes

We've grown and planted many Hosta varieties in our gardens over the years and 'Sum & Substance' get the Top Performer award among the golden leaved cultivars. We're not sure why they didn't call it 'Sun & Substance' because this one has shown exceptionally good sun tolerance in our north-central Georgia gardens over the years. In fact, the more sun it gets the brighter gold the enormous leaves!

'Sum & Substance' Hosta has enormous, golden to chartreuse color leaves (depending on sun exposure) that form large clumps 2 feet tall or more and up to 6 feet wide. As mentioned, this Hosta has very good sun tolerance. In our gardens, it tolerates more sun than any other Hosta we grow. We've grown it in almost full sun. The more sun the foliage gets the brighter gold the leaves. That said, Sum and Substance grows equally as well in shade or part shade. Lavender flowers the hummingbirds appreciate rise on 36 to 48 inch stalks above the foliage in summer. 




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in an arching mound 30 to 36 inches tall and up to 5 feet wide, Sum And Substance Hosta is ideal for use as an accent, in groupings, or massed as a warm season groundcover or as a border along walkways and paths to light up shady to sunny gardens and landscape borders. Sum and Substance has been so reliable and such a strong performer for us that we have no problem at all suggesting it for use as an accent in home foundation plantings. Sum and Substance Hosta makes an impressive container plant and is a great choice for mixed hosta gardens, hummingbird gardens, and yellow theme gardens. 

Suggested Spacing:  4 feet apart for mass plantings; 7 feet or more apart for space between plants





Cultural Preferences

Sum and Substance Hosta is very easy to grow in most any moist but well-drained soil of average fertility and sun or shade. It tolerates more sun than any other Hosta in our gardens. Foliage will be chartreuse in shade and golden-yellow with more sun. 




Helpful Advice

Click on a link below to find helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Hosta Lilies.





Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 3a-9b  Find Your Zone 
Height at Maturity:  30-36" - flower stems to 48"
Width at Maturity:  54-60"
Spacing:  4' for mass plantings; 7'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Clumping, Dense, Mounding
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  Lavender
Flower Size:  2"  
Flowering Period:  Summer
Flower Type:  Trumpet
Fragrant Flowers:  NA
Foliage Color:  Golden-Chartreuse, more Gold with more sun
Fragrant Foliage:  NA
Berries:  NA
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Sun or Shade
Water Needs:  Average to Low
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well-drained, moist
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7.5 (Acid to Slightly Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Resistances:  Disease, Drought, Heat, Insect, Rabbit, Deep Shade, Slug



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