Common Name: Plantain lily
Cultivar: 'Royal Standard'
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil type: Clay/heavy, Moist
Time to divide plants: January to February
Flowering period: July to September
Like most hostas, 'Royal Standard' is valued for its foliage, which is an attractive shade of light green and puckered when mature. It is, however, also popular for its flowers, which are white and pleasantly fragrant, especially in the evening. It is unusual in that it prefers a sunny position. Conserve soil moisture as much as possible by adding plenty of organic matter to the soil before planting, as well as mulching in spring and autumn. For the lushest displays, feed with a balanced fertiliser between March and June. Don't feed after this period or you will encourage the sort of sappy growth that slugs adore! Take appropriate protective measures against slug and snail damage. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
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