Blue Angel Hosta

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Hosta `Blue Angel'
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The Blue Angel can be described as the classic blue leaved Hosta. This excellent variety has large, slug resistant, blue leaves with lavender flowers. This perennial plant forms a large mound 3' tall and 4' wide. The leaves are a bright blue when emerging and hold a good blue-green color throughout the season. This is definitely a classic hosta to have in your garden today!

Planting & Care for Hostas

Preparation

  • Hostas are excellent at forming big, bold clumps that keep down the weeds, but until they emerge in late spring some weeding may be necessary. They also benefit from heavy mulching.
  • Hostas look best when mass planted near water features, or when allowed to multiply in shady areas under trees.
  • Cultivars with cream, white or yellow variegations will brighten a shady part of the yard, and so long as the tree or shrub canopy is high enough to let sufficient light reach the hostas, they will maintain their variegation.
  • It is interesting when types are mixed to create a wealth of different effects with color, size, shape and texture.
  • Since hostas do not come into leaf early in the spring, it’s nice to pair these with other early blooming plants in the landscape to make a bright and successful show.
  • Most hostas grow in full sunlight if well-watered. They thrive in shade or dappled light. Blue-leaved forms can be the hardest of all to place because they turn green with either too much sun or too heavy shade. Yellow to gold forms are best with direct sunlight in the early morning or late in the afternoon
  • They need rich, moisture-retentive soil. Large amounts of decayed manure or compost should be dug into the ground before planting.

Opening Plant Material

  • Containers - Completely saturate all container plants by putting in a larger container of water until stops bubbling, then remove. You’re now ready to plant.
  • Scroll down to an orange rectangular box and click on “Handling & Plant Guidelines” for illustration on planting each of these types.

Planting containers

  • Slide plant from pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot.
  • With shovel or knife trim bottom 2" off of the root ball for plants in plastic containers.
  • Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move plants by the tops.
  • Place the root ball in the hole.
  • Notice where the base of the trunk flairs out from the tree. This is called the root flair. This root flair should show when the tree is planted. If necessary, add soil under the ball so the root flair is exposed.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer.
  • Backfill the hole with soil, making sure the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle soil around the root ball.

Pruning - After Planting

  • Containers - Although it is not essential for containers to be pruned after planting, a light pruning for shape, to remove any broken branches from shipping, or to thin out a heavily branched plant will help in the transplanting process and in the appearance of your new planting.

Pruning - Through-out the Season

  • After flowering, cut off and spent flower stems in the spring. Continue watering the pants until the foliage begins to die down, and then tidy up the clumps, which can look unsightly. Mulch the area with supplies of compost or manure. See our helpful video regarding when and how to prune hostas.

Watering - After Planting

  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as often as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

Watering - Through-out the Season

  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

 

Go to our "Plant Features & Video Tab" for more information & tips on caring and maintaining this plant.

Handling & Planting Guidelines

Special Features & Videos for Hostas

Special Plant Features & Tips

  • The Blue Angel can be described as the classic blue leaved Hosta. This excellent variety has large, slug resistant, blue leaves with lavender flowers.
  • This perennial plant forms a large mound 3' tall and 4' wide.
  • The leaves are a bright blue when emerging and hold a good blue-green color throughout the season.
  • This is definitely a classic hosta to have in your garden today!
  • Hostas are also known as the plantation lily, this herbaceous perennial is long-lived and grown for its attractive, decorative foliage.
  • Hostas are excellent at forming big, bold clumps that keep down the weeds, but until they emerge in late spring some weeding may be necessary. They also benefit from heavy mulching.
  • Hostas look best when mass planted near water features, or when allowed to multiply in shady areas under trees.
  • Cultivars with cream, white or yellow variegations will brighten a shady part of the yard, and so long as the tree or shrub canopy is high enough to let sufficient light reach the hostas, they will maintain their variegation.
  • It is interesting when types are mixed to create a wealth of different effects with color, size, shape and texture.
  • The bell-shape flowers, mostly in mauve shades, appear in the summer and are held high above the foliage.
  • Since hostas do not come into leaf early in the spring, it’s nice to pair these with other early blooming plants in the landscape to make a bright and successful show.
  • Most hostas grow in full sunlight if well-watered. They thrive in shade or dappled light. Blue-leaved forms can be the hardest of all to place because they turn green with either too much sun or too heavy shade. Yellow to gold forms are best with direct sunlight in the early morning or late in the afternoon
  • They need rich, moisture-retentive soil. Large amounts of decayed manure or compost should be dug into the ground before planting. Mulch plants after planting.
  • Divide hostas in April and August. Transplant in May. Most hostas are best divided every 4 to 5 years. Plant them 6 inches apart. The larger ones at intervals of 36 inches.
  • Slugs and snails can be a major problems. Pick off snails and slugs and avoid watering in the evening.
  • Hostas can provide cut flowers.
  • After flowering, cut off and spent flower stems in the spring. Continue watering the pants until the foliage begins to die down, and then tidy up the clumps, which can look unsightly. Mulch the area with supplies of compost or manure. See our helpful video regarding when and how to prune hostas. 

How to plant containers

 

Pruning Perennials in their Dormancy

 

Shade Gardening

ItemApprox Weight (lbs.)Approx Base Dimensions (diameter)Approx Height
#7 Grow Bag** 35-50 14-16" 5-8'
#10 Grow Bag** 55-70 18" 6-8'
#15 Grow Bag** 65-80 22" 6-10'
#20 Grow Bag** 75-100 24" 8-12'
1 1/4" B&B** 250-500 22" for single stems, 28" for multiple stems  8-11'
1 1/2" B&B** 325-600 24" for single stems, 30" for multiple stems  10-12'
2" B&B** 500-700 28" for single stems, 32" for multiple stems 10-14'
2 1/2" B&B** 600-1000 30" for single stems, 36" for multiple stems 10-15'
3" B&B** 850-1000 34"-36"  12-16'
3 1/2" B&B** 1000 36"  12-18'
10' B&B** 250 22"  10'
12' B&B** 325 24"  12'
14' B&B** 500 28" 14'
16' B&B** 600 30"  16'
2' B&B** 50 12-16"  2'
3' B&B** 60-250 16-22"  3'
4' B&B** 250 22-24" 4'
5' B&B** 325 22-24"  5'
6' B&B** 150-325 16-24" 6'
7' B&B** 500-700 28-32"  7'
8' B&B** 600-700 14-30"  8'
9' B&B** 700 32"  9'
#3 container* Less than 35  10" 10" 
#5 container** 40 11" 10.5" 
#7 container** 60 14" 12" 
#10 container** 80 14" 14 
#20 container** 160 19.5" 17" 
Bare Root* varies, but always lighter no soil on roots varies depending on item

*#1 - #3 containers and bare root are the only items that can be shipped FedEx and/or by our delivery trucks (see below for more information regarding pick-up and local delivery. 

**Any items over 100 Ibs., #5 - #20 containers or B&B can only be delivered by our trucks due to FedEx shipping weight and size restrictions. Our trusted trucks only deliver around a 100 miles radius from our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Any item you order can be picked-up at our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin or our new retail garden center Winterland Nursery for free (bare root orders cannot be picked up at Winterland due to lack of bare root coolers). See our estimated delivery schedule here

Growing Zones: 5-9

Bloom Time: July
Color: Blue, Green, Purple
Plant Size: 3' tall x 4' wide
Flower Color: Lavender
Sunlight: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Low Maintenance: Yes
Deer Resistant: No
Attracts Butterflies: Yes
Attracts Bees: Yes
Attracts Birds: No
Edible: No
Native: No

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