Emerald Isle, Hosta Collection
Emerald Isle, Hosta Collection

Emerald Isle, Hosta Collection

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Quick Facts
Common Name: Plantain Lily
Hardiness Zone: 3-8S/9W Exposure: Part Shade to Shade
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Blooms In: Jul-Sep
Mature Height: 6-26" Read our Growing Guide
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Hostas are categorically the finest ground cover for shade and one of the loveliest and most popular elements for designing a long-term and carefree garden. But top-quality Hostas have been painfully expensive for as long as we can remember, putting large plantings out of reach for those with limited budgets. We've solved the problem by offering a collection of 4 excellent varieties, 5 plants of each, at a very attractive price. It's the building block from which you can create your own emerald isle. Plants are vigorous and healthy and will take hold quickly. 20 plants. Each variety labeled. They will cover approximately 55–60 sq ft. Exclusive.

This genus of shade lovers has 70 species, all of them from China and Japan, and hybridizers have produced hundreds of exciting crosses. Hostas have many handsome leaf colorations and lavender or white Lily-like flowers on graceful stalks. Plants prefer a moist location, but we've had a mass planting thrive for more than 30 years under a row of Sugar Maples. (In the South and West, evenly moist soil is required.) Because Hostas are grown primarily for their foliage, we give the height of the leaves, not the flowers.

For more information on the growing and care of Hosta, click on Growing Guide.




The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.


We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.



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Wonderful Collection

I planted one of these collections over 22 years ago. Hostas everywhere! We've transplanted them all over the property, and moved some to another. A great buy!

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Emeral Isle Collection

I ordered three Emerald Isle Collection last spring and they look terrific next to my Pole Building. I ordered another nine collections for my driveway this spring and they all came up and look good for a first year plant. I will be ordering another seven Emerald Isle Collections for the north side of my driveway for a fall planting. We visited the Nursery this summer and were very impressed with the staff and the surroundings at Litchfield. Good product, fair price, excellent care in packaging and product delivery. We are happy customers.

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My 2nd order of Emerald Isle

I loved the variety and QUALITY of my 1st order of Emerald Isle, and even learned how to defeat the deer (sprayed them one year with a bitter pet repellent spray, the deer never came back to them.) Large, quality root stock, they took off the first year, and now 3 years later are lush and full and gorgeous. So I'm back for more to use in a new area. Just be sure to keep the label that tells you which color coded package has which variety. I lost mine and had to call, it wasn't on the website.

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Fast Growers, Great Shade Collection

The hostas are border plants for older Hydrangea along with astilbe Ironside collection. They are also used to cascade down a shade hilly slope where grass was not a great option but hostas, lilies and hydrangeas are.

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"Forever" plants!

Twenty-five years ago we moved to our current home with a yard that needs plants that will grow in mostly shade. The Emerald Isle Hosta Collection was probably the first purchase I made from White Flower Farm and I have always been glad I spent that money. The only negative has been that at some point when I was re-thinking my garden spaces, I gave away some of these hostas to a neighbor and I have been sorry ever since--selfish, maybe, but I wish I had never given them away. When perusing the website, I came on the current reduced price and it was a no-brainer to purchase a second Emerald Isle collection. Can't wait until they arrive!

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Growing guide

Growing guide
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Planting: Choose a site with evenly moist soil (Hostas will endure dry shade in all but the hottest, driest parts of North America if watered regularly until they become established). Emerald Isle requires about 55-60 square feet of space; the miniature varieties in Emerald Atoll take up about 18 square feet. Use a shovel or spade to loosen the planting bed soil to a depth of 10-12 inches and turn in a 3-4 inch layer of organic matter, such as compost, aged manure, leafmold, or peat moss. Then open the bags to get an idea of the size of the roots. With a trowel, dig the planting holes, spacing them according to the suggestions provided with your order. Set the roots in the holes with the larger varieties in back, shorter varieties in front--the heights and spacings of the varieties are provided in the package. Hold the buds (the pointed growing tips) 1 inch below the surface of the soil. then push soil back into the holes to cover the roots, firm the soil, and water thoroughly. Do not fertilize the first season. The following spring, use a balanced, granular fertilizer, such as 10-10-10, at the rate on the manufacturer's label.

Please note: Bareroot plants dry out quickly once they are removed from their packaging. We strongly recommend that you keep the roots covered with packing material until you are ready to plant.

Care: Hostas are about as carefree as a plant can get. It's possible to plant them and forget them, but for best performance, we recommend that you fertilize them each spring, remove the flower stalks below the level of the leaves after the blooms have faded, and cut the foliage to the ground after hard frost in the fall. The Achilles heel of Hostas is slugs. Set out shallow bowls of beer to keep the population in check, put down diatomaceous earth as a barrier, or (in the South) mulch with prickly Zoysia grass lawn clippings.


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