Guacamole Hosta

Hosta 'Guacamole'

Family: Hosta

Type: Perennial

Other Common Name: Plantain Lily, Funkia

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Hosta ‘Guacamole’ is a vibrant and eye-catching perennial, famous for its avocado-green leaves with darker green margins. The foliage is glossy and heart-shaped, creating a lush, tropical feel.

This hosta variety is known for its large, fragrant white flowers that bloom in late summer. It’s a great choice for adding both visual appeal and a pleasant aroma to your garden.

Ideal for shaded areas, ‘Guacamole’ thrives in partial to full shade. It’s hardy in zones 3-9, making it a robust and adaptable plant for many garden settings.

Needs & Preferences

Hardiness Zone: 2a-4a

Pet Friendly: Yes

Moisture Preference: Average to moist

Sun Needs: Partial shade to shade

Growth

Growth Rate: Medium

Average Height (feet): 3

Average Spread (feet): 4

Average Life Span (years): 10

Form: Over mound

Ornamental

Flower Color: White

Flower Shape: Bell

Bloom Season: In mid summer

Foliage Color: Green

Foliage Shape: Heart

Landscaping Your Yard With Hosta ‘Guacamole’

Incorporating Hosta ‘Guacamole’ in your garden design offers a burst of bright greenery. Its large leaves are perfect for filling in shaded areas with lush foliage.

This hosta works well in mass plantings, as a border plant, or in mixed perennial beds. It’s especially effective in areas where you want to add a touch of the tropics.

Despite its exotic appearance, ‘Guacamole’ is low maintenance. It’s a fantastic choice for gardeners looking to add impact with minimal effort.

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Suitable Garden Styles

Tropical Garden

In a tropical garden, Hosta 'Guacamole' fits right in. Its large, glossy leaves complement tropical plants, adding diversity in texture and form.

Woodland Garden

For woodland gardens, this hosta brings light and vibrancy under tree canopies. Its tolerance for shade and its leafy appearance enhance the woodland aesthetic.

Contemporary Garden

In a contemporary garden, 'Guacamole' adds a lush, organic element. Its bold foliage pairs well with modern, minimalist designs, offering a natural contrast.

Hosta ‘Guacamole’ Landscaping Ideas

Plant it under deciduous trees for a stunning display. Its leaves catch dappled sunlight beautifully, creating a dynamic play of light and shadow.

Use it in large containers for a dramatic effect. ‘Guacamole’ can thrive in pots, bringing its tropical flair to decks, patios, or balconies.

Combine it with ferns and other shade-loving perennials for a layered garden look. Its bright green leaves contrast well with darker foliage.

Seasonal Interest

Spring

In spring, Hosta 'Guacamole' begins to emerge, quickly unfurling its vibrant leaves. The garden starts to come alive with its fresh greenery.

Summer

During summer, it's in full leaf and begins to bloom. The fragrant white flowers are a delightful addition, attracting pollinators to the garden.

Fall

In the fall, the leaves of 'Guacamole' start to fade and prepare for dormancy. The plant's presence begins to recede, readying for winter.

Winter

In winter, Hosta 'Guacamole' goes dormant. While not visible above ground, it's resting and recharging for another lush display in the coming year.

Planting Tips

Where to Plant

Hosta ‘Guacamole’ should be planted in a location with partial to full shade. It’s ideal for gardens with large trees or on the north side of buildings where it can avoid direct, intense sunlight.

Light

This hosta variety performs best in partial shade but can tolerate some morning sun. Too much direct sunlight can scorch its leaves, while not enough light can reduce the vibrancy of its foliage.

Soil

'Guacamole' prefers well-draining, fertile soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH. Enriching the soil with organic matter can improve growth and enhance the color of the leaves.

Spacing

Space these plants about 24 to 36 inches apart. Adequate spacing allows for their full growth potential and ensures good air circulation, which is essential for plant health.

When to Plant

The best time to plant Hosta ‘Guacamole’ is in the spring or early fall. Planting during cooler weather helps the plants establish their roots without the stress of extreme temperatures.

How to Plant

Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball and as deep. Place the hosta in the hole, fill it with soil, and water thoroughly. Ensure the crown of the plant is level with the soil surface.

Plant Care Tips

Watering

Water regularly, especially during the first year after planting, to establish a deep root system. Hostas prefer consistently moist soil but can tolerate occasional drought once established.

Fertilizing

Fertilize in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to encourage healthy growth and vibrant foliage.

Pruning

Pruning is typically not required. Remove any dead or damaged leaves throughout the season to maintain the plant’s appearance.

By Season

 

Spring Care

In spring, clear any debris around the plant and apply a layer of mulch. Begin regular watering and fertilizing as new growth appears.

Summer Care

Maintain consistent moisture during the summer, especially in dry conditions. Mulching helps retain soil moisture and keep roots cool.

Fall Care

Reduce watering as the plant prepares for dormancy. Clean up any fallen leaves to keep the area tidy and disease-free.

Winter Care

Hosta 'Guacamole' is dormant in winter. Ensure it's well-mulched to protect the roots from freezing temperatures.

FAQ

How Big Does Hosta 'Guacamole' Grow?

Hosta ‘Guacamole’ can grow to about 18-24 inches in height and spread up to 36-48 inches, forming a large and lush mound of foliage.

Is Hosta 'Guacamole' Deer Resistant?

Like most hostas, ‘Guacamole’ is not deer resistant. In areas with high deer activity, it may require protective measures such as fencing or repellents.

Can It Be Grown in Full Sun?

Hosta ‘Guacamole’ prefers shade and may struggle in full sun. Its leaves can burn in too much direct sunlight, losing their vibrant green color.

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