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Hosta 'Great Expectations'
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Plant Type: Hostas

This sport of H. Sieboldiana ‘Elegans’ from England has a fabulous cream center (emerging gold in early spring), surrounded by a dramatic, wide blue-green edge, sure to brighten any garden. The medium-sized clump, is topped with near-white flowers in early summer. H. ‘Great Expectations’ needs morning sun or very open shade to grow properly.

Lives up to its name! A slow grower, but well worth the wait. Thick, puckered, broadly ovate leaves are slug resistant. Wide, irregular, blue-green margins surround an ever-changing center; starts out chartreuse in the spring, turns to yellow, then to creamy yellow, and finally to white (colors vary with light levels). Fern green streaks are painted between the margin and center of each leaf; every leaf is unique. Dense masses of white flowers are displayed just above the foliage on 24″ scapes in early to midsummer.

Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Flower Color


Foliage Color


Plant Spread


Good Companions

Other hosta and shade loving plants

Plant Height


Scape Height


Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Moist, Rich, Organic

Characteristics & Attributes


Very slow growing

Bloom Time

Early to mid summer

Critter Resistance

Resistance to slugs, rabbits


Part to full shade

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests