Barbara Ann Hosta was named for the two lab techs in Great Britain that discovered it, Barbara and Ann, not for the song by the same name. It forms thick clumps of large blue-green leaves with wide cream margins that mature to white. In mid summer, white lily-like flowers rise up on long stems high above the foliage. These blooms can be cut for fresh flower arrangements and may attract hummingbirds.
Hostas are extremely popular, hardy herbaceous perennials grown primarily for their beautiful foliage. They are easy to grow, shade-tolerant plants. Leaves come in a wide range of shapes, colors, sizes, and textures and may be solid in color or variegated in different combinations of blue, green, white, and gold. The plants are low maintenance. Hostas originally came from Japan, China, and Korea. They were first introduced to Europe in the late 1700s and then came to the United States in the middle 1800s.
Spacing: Plant 30″ to 40″ apart.
Height: Grows 18″ to 20″ tall.
How To Grow: Plant in part to full shade.
Outstanding Features: Rabbit resistant.
Tips: Likes sandy, loamy soil for better root aeration and shady woodland settings.
Uses: Garden Bed, Borders, Landscapes
Picture Courtesy of Ball Horticulture Company