November 24, 2017

Happy Accident

Hosta 'Spilt Milk'

Mark Uchneat Photo | Hosta ‘Spilt Milk’

It only looks like you need to get a towel to clean up Hosta ‘Spilt Milk,’ an impressive blue-green hosta whose leaves are splashed with white. According to New Hampshire Hostas, this cultivar is a large one, growing about 2 feet tall with a spread of more than 50 inches. The heart-shaped leaves only add to its presence, with white flowers completing the picture in midsummer. They say it is “extremely” slug-resistant, which is always a good thing to aspire to. Hostas are hardy souls, but they thrive when given a bit of pampering. New Hampshire Hostas recommends a constant moisture supply and soil rich with organic material. And if you don’t know whether it should be sun or shade, the hosta grower has this to say: “Hosta will make faster growth with more exposure to sun. However, this is at the risk of leaf damage that will be visible for the entire season.” And a good recommendation is a simple one: If the plant doesn’t like its location, move it. No use in crying over ‘Spilt Milk.’ (No, we couldn’t resist.)