Benefits of Growing the Sum and Substance Hosta Plant

Monrovia’s Sum and Substance Hosta is a highly sought-after plant among Georgia gardeners and landscaping enthusiasts alike. This impressive plant is known for its exceptional foliage and adaptability to various conditions.

If you're looking to add an element of interest to your garden or outdoor space, the Sum and Substance Hosta should definitely be on your must-have list.

Getting to Know the Sum and Substance Hosta

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IMAGE: F. D. Richards, Hosta 'Sum & Substance', 2017

Origin and Characteristics

Sum and Substance Hosta is a perennial plant that was first introduced in the late 1980s. This variety of hosta is a cultivar of the species Hosta sieboldii and is native to Japan and China. It boasts heart-shaped leaves that can grow up to 18 inches long and over a foot wide in the center, which makes it one of the biggest hosta varieties.

Sum and Substance Hosta is a herbaceous perennial plant that grows in clumps. It has a moderate growth rate and can reach a height of up to 3 feet. The leaves of this plant are thick and waxy, making them resistant to pests and diseases. The foliage of Sum and Substance Hosta is known for its bright green color that matures to gold and can add a pop of color to any garden.

This variety of hosta is also known for its ability to thrive in a wide range of soil types. It prefers well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Sum and Substance Hostas can also tolerate partial shade, making it an ideal plant for Georgia gardens with limited sunlight.

Varieties and Cultivars

There are various cultivars of Sum and Substance Hosta, including the 'Sun Power' cultivar that has green-gold foliage and the 'Giantland Sunny Mouse Ears' cultivar that has green leaves with yellow margins. Each variety has distinct foliage, and adding them to your garden can help you create a visually stunning tapestry.

The 'Sun Power' cultivar is a popular choice among gardeners because of its bright green-gold foliage that can add a touch of warmth to any garden. This cultivar is also known for its ability to tolerate heat and humidity, making it an ideal plant for gardens in warmer climates.

The 'Giantland Sunny Mouse Ears' cultivar is a miniature version of Sum and Substance Hosta. It has green leaves with yellow margins that can brighten up any garden. This cultivar is perfect for small gardens or as a border plant.

Other popular cultivars of Sum and Substance Hosta include 'Blue Angel,' 'Empress Wu,' and 'Sum It Up.' Each cultivar has unique foliage that can add texture and color to your garden.

The Many Benefits of Including Sum and Substance Hosta in Your Georgia Garden

If you're looking for a low-maintenance, versatile plant that adds beauty and interest to your garden, look no further than Sum and Substance Hosta. This stunning plant offers a range of benefits that make it a favorite among gardeners of all experience levels.

Low Maintenance and Easy to Grow

Sum and Substance Hosta is one of the easiest plants to care for, making it an excellent option for beginners and experienced southern gardeners alike.

Unlike many other plants, it requires minimal attention but appreciates regular watering and partial shade. It thrives in zones 3-8 and can tolerate various soil types, making it an ideal choice for gardeners in a wide range of climates and regions.

Pest and Disease Resistance

One of the biggest challenges facing gardeners is dealing with pests and diseases that can damage or kill plants.

Fortunately, Sum and Substance Hosta is naturally resistant to many common hosta pests, including slugs and snails. This makes it an excellent choice for gardeners who would rather avoid using toxic pesticides and chemicals to protect their plants.

Attractive Foliage and Flowers

While Sum and Substance Hosta is beloved for its low maintenance requirements and pest resistance, it's the plant's dramatic foliage that really sets it apart. Its large, heart-shaped leaves range in hues from bright green to yellow and gold, creating a stunning visual display that adds interest and texture to any garden.

The plant also produces funnel-shaped flowers in shades of lavender and white that bloom in late summer, adding even more beauty and interest to your outdoor space.

Shade Tolerance and Versatility

One of Sum and Substance Hosta's most impressive features is its ability to tolerate shade and adapt to various growing conditions. It's perfect for planting in shady spots in your garden or under trees, where other plants struggle to thrive.

It also pairs well with other shade-loving plants, including ferns, astilbes, and hellebores, allowing you to create a lush, beautiful garden that's full of color and texture.

Soil Improvement and Erosion Control

Another benefit of growing Sum and Substance Hosta is its ability to improve soil quality, control erosion, and prevent weed growth. The hosta family of plants, including Sum and Substance Hosta, is known for its deep roots, which help hold the soil in place and can help enhance soil health.

Additionally, its vast foliage cover minimizes the amount of sunlight that reaches the soil, reducing weed growth and making it easier to maintain a beautiful, healthy garden.

Planting and Caring for Sum and Substance Hosta Hosta

Sun and Substance Hosta

IMAGE: Leonora (Ellie) Enking, Overshadowing the Hostas

Sum and Substance Hosta is a stunning plant that can add a touch of elegance to any garden. With its large, lush leaves and easy-to-care-for nature, it's no wonder that this plant is a favorite among gardeners.

Ideal Planting Conditions

When planting Sum and Substance Hosta, it's important to choose the right spot. This plant thrives in partial shade, which means it needs some sun but not too much. Look for a spot in your garden that gets a few hours of morning sun and then is shaded for the rest of the day.

Sum and Substance Hosta also prefers moist, well-draining soil. If your soil is heavy and clay-like, consider amending it with organic matter like compost or peat moss to improve drainage.

When planting, make sure to dig a hole that is twice the size of the root ball. This will give the plant plenty of room to grow. The top of the root ball should be level with the soil surface. After planting, water the plant deeply to help it establish its roots.

Watering and Fertilizing Requirements

Sum and Substance Hosta requires regular watering to keep it healthy and looking its best. Water the plant deeply once a week, making sure the soil is moist but not waterlogged. If you live in an area with hot, dry summers, you may need to water your plant more frequently.

In addition to watering, it's important to fertilize your Sum and Substance Hosta plant. Apply a balanced fertilizer in the spring and fall to promote healthy growth and keep the foliage looking vibrant. You can also add a layer of compost around the base of the plant to provide additional nutrients.

Pruning and Dividing

Sum and Substance Hosta requires minimal pruning, as it naturally dies back and regrows every year. However, you can trim away any dead or damaged leaves to keep the plant looking neat and tidy.

Dividing your Sum and Substance Hosta plant every three to five years can help keep it healthy and promote growth. To divide the plant, dig it up and separate the roots into smaller sections. Replant the sections in a new location or give them to friends and family to plant in their own gardens.

Designing Your Garden with Sum and Substance Hosta

Sum and Substance Hosta is a stunning plant that can add a touch of elegance to any garden. With its large size and striking foliage, it's an excellent choice for creating a focal point or border in your Georgia garden.

But how can you make the most of this beautiful plant? Here are some tips to help you design your garden with Sum and Substance Hosta.

Creating Focal Points and Borders

One of the best ways to use Sum and Substance Hosta in your garden is to create a focal point or border. Because of its impressive size and striking foliage, this hosta variety is perfect for drawing the eye and creating a sense of balance in your garden.

Pair it with other hosta varieties or plants with complementary foliage colors, including purples and blues, to create a visually stunning display.

Companion Plants and Pairings

Sum and Substance Hosta pairs well with a variety of other shade-loving plants, including heucheras, ferns, and bleeding hearts.

When selecting companion plants, choose those with varied foliage shapes and textures to create a visually interesting and richly-layered garden. For example, pair Sum and Substance Hosta with Monrovia’s Balboa Sunset® Heuchera for a striking contrast.

When planting companion plants, make sure to give each plant enough space to grow. Sum and Substance Hosta can grow quite large, so it's important to leave enough room for it to spread out. Additionally, make sure to water your plants regularly and fertilize them as needed to promote healthy growth.

Container Gardening and Indoor Growing

If you don't have a garden, don't worry! Sum and Substance Hosta is an excellent choice for container gardening. Plant it in a pot with well-draining soil and place it in a spot with partial shade. Make sure to water the plant regularly and fertilize it as needed to promote healthy growth.

Sum and Substance Hosta is also an excellent choice for indoor gardening. It can tolerate various light conditions, making it a versatile and low-maintenance plant. Place it in a bright spot near a window or under a grow light to keep it healthy and thriving.


Overall, Monrovia’s Sum and Substance Hosta is a highly versatile and low-maintenance plant that can add a beautiful element to any garden or outdoor space. With its striking foliage, adaptability, and various benefits, it's no wonder that this plant has become a favorite among gardeners worldwide.

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