Hosta Playmate starts out looking like Obscene Gesture in spring, but has a bit darker border which is creamy-yellow (in Obscene Gesture is creamy-white). Hosta Playmate is really one of those types that turn its colors during the season. In the summer the border is green. Hosta Playmate is great hosta for collectors. For common gardener is maybe worth to buy a bit cheaper and similar variety as for example hosta Hanky Panky or hosta Yellow Polka dot Bikini.
How to grow hostas
Save light shade to shade place in your garden to plant hostas. Filtered sun is best for the colorful varieties to reach their full color contrast. The green and blue hostas are the most shade-tolerant. Usually the yellow cultivars are the most sun-tolerant. The most dangerous is a direct sunshine, especially hot afternoon sun. This is the most critical where temperatures are high. Variegated varieties, especially those with a lot of white in the leaves, burn very easily. Blue color of leaves turns to green-blue or even fully green with too much direct sun. Plants with thick leaves are better suited for dry soil conditions than thin-leaved ones, but none is able to grow years-long in very dry soil. Plant hostas in moist, humus-rich soil.
Water your hostas well immediately as you plant them. Give them water regularly during their first one or two growing season.
Hostas grow slowly and may take 2 to 5 years to reach their full size, longer for the largest species and cultivars. Reserve a plenty of space in your perennial bed for hostas. Most of them are medium sized or large perennials. Hostas are almost fully disease and pest resistant. The most dangerous injury can by caused by slugs, snails and deers.
|Plant Size||Medium||Spacing (h x w)||30 x 55 cm|
|Leaf Size||16 x 9 cm||Growth Rate||Fast|
|Leaf Color||No||Leaf Color (Center)||Green|
|Leaf Color (Margin)||Yellow||Red "legs"||No|
|Slug Resistant||No||Sun Tolerant||Yes|
|Flower Color||Lavender||Wavy Leaf||No|
|Flower Fragrance||No||Sun Exposure||Partial Shade|
|Hybridized by||J. van den Top||Year of Registration||No|
|Supplied as||free roots|