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Fragrant Dream Hosta

Hosta 'Fragrant Dream'

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Fragrant Dream Hosta (Hosta 'Fragrant Dream') at Ted Lare Design and Build

Fragrant Dream Hosta foliage

(Photo courtesy of Kim Edmond)

Fragrant Dream Hosta (Hosta 'Fragrant Dream') at Ted Lare Design and Build

Fragrant Dream Hosta

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  24 inches

Flower Height:  32 inches

Spacing:  3 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Plantain Lily, Funkia


Heart-shaped leaves are apple-green, with pale yellow margins that mature to white; large, fragrant, tubular white flowers are great for attracting hummingbirds; the leaves provide beautiful texture and contrast to other plants

Ornamental Features

Fragrant Dream Hosta features dainty spikes of fragrant white tubular flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its attractive textured heart-shaped leaves emerge buttery yellow in spring, turning forest green in color with distinctive creamy white edges and tinges of grayish green throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Fragrant Dream Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Fragrant Dream Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Fragrant Dream Hosta will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 32 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 4 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 3 feet apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features

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