Name: Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’
Type of Plant: Perennial plant for shade or part-shade gardens. Hardy from Zone 3 to 8.
Why I Love/Hate this plant: There are thousands of varieties of Hosta, and hundreds that are garden worthy…so why do I love this particular one? I love the lime green in color that shows well in shady gardens. This Hosta is large and showy. I love the fact that it isn’t as prone to slug and insect damage as the white and green varieties. And like most Hosta, ‘Sum and Substance’ grows large and dense enough that most weeds don’t stand a chance when it comes to germinating around this plant.
A Word to the Wise: Sum and Substance grows to about three feet tall and four or five feet in diameter, so give this one room. You can use this in groups of three (plant six to eight feet apart center to center) or as a single, specimen plant. Under-plant this large Hosta with Epimedium or another low-growing shade perennial.