Hosta ‘Robert Frost’
Hosta ‘Banana Sundae’ x Hosta ‘Francis Williams’
2009 AHS Eunice Fisher Distinguished Merit Award
2012 AHS Benedict Garden Performance Award of Merit
2011 AHS Benedict Garden Performance Honorable Mention Award
This hybrid Hosta was introduced by William and Eleanor Lachman and registered with the American Hosta Society in 1988. It features large, dark green-blue green leaves with irregular yellow margins. The clumps grow 24″ tall x 42″ wide and produce lavender flowers in July through August.
There are two registered sports of Hosta ‘Robert Frost’ and one registered hybrid with it as a parent.
I bought my Hosta ‘Robert Frost’ from Lowe’s in Greenville, Mississippi in 2009. It never did do very well there and eventually bit the dust in 2012. I am quite sure I took more photos, but the only one in my folder for this plant was taken on 4-15-12. Good thing I have this one because it died shortly after it was taken.
For Hosta to be award winners they have to perform well in a variety of locations and conditions… Maybe they should try them in the deep south. Oh, yeah, maybe that’s why they recommend USDA Zones 3a-8b because zone 9 is to hot, humid, and the winters are cool and wet.
Family: Asparagaceae (formerly in Liliaceae)
Origin: Hybrid by William and Eleanor Lachman
Zones: USDA Zones 3a-8b (-40 to 15° F)
Size: 24” tall x 50” wide after several years
Spacing: 36” apart
Flowers: Lavender flowers in July-August on 36” stems
Leaves: Green with a bluish tint, irregular cream margins
Light: Light to full shade
Soil: Prefers moist, well-drained soil
Water: Average water needs once established
Propagation: Division every 3-5 years.
Uses: Attracts hummingbirds, shade garden, containers, etc.
Tolerates: Dry shade and high humidity
Resistant: Slugs and snails
Sorry I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about this cultivar. Maybe someday I can give it a try here in mid-Missouri. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please click on the “Like” below if you have visited this page. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. 🙂 Click here for my page about the Hosta genus, growing information and sources. The links below are specifically for this cultivar. There are several good sources of Hosta somewhere toward the bottom on the right side of the page.