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Great Expectations

FLOWER : White, mid season.

Great Expectations Hosta – 4.5 Inch Container

Why Should I Grow It? Because you want to have one of the prettiest hostas in you collection. Most people try multiple times to get this one to grow.

(J. Bond/P. Aden 1983)

Large to Giant Hosta Cultivar

[Sport of H. ‘Elegans’]

Color: Blue-Green and Yellow

Size: 29 inches tall by 58 inches wide

Type: Giant Slug Resistant Hosta

Product Size: 4.5 Inch Container

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Great Expectations

One of our very favorite hostas. ‘Great Expectations’ features thick, puckered leaves with irregular blue-green margins and creamy yellow to white centers. A sport of ‘Elegans’. Multi award winner. A mature specimen is indeed a sight to behold. While it is a slow grower, this plant should be in every hosta collection. It is definitely worth the wait!! (Aden 1988)

This hosta is a winner of the prestigious “Popularity Poll” from the American Hosta Society. This variety has been named one of the very favorites of all hostas by the majority of the AHS members in an annual poll. Basically, this plant is “loved by all”. An excellent choice for your garden.



HARDINESS ZONES : 3,4,5,6,7,8,9.

FLOWER : White, mid season.

SUN EXPOSURE : Part sun to shade.

SIZE SHIPPED : 2.5″ pot.


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Hosta ‘Great Expectations’

Hosta ‘Great Expectations’ is an especially beautiful hosta. When it emerges in the spring, the leaves have a bright yellow center and wide irregular bluish-green borders. By mid to late summer, the yellow leaf centers have become a pale, creamy white.

This is a hosta that grows very slowly, and because it can be one of the more difficult hostas to grow, some people advise starting all Great Expectations in pots sunk into the soil instead of planting them directly into the garden. Supposedly this process promotes root growth by allowing more moisture and nutrients to stay near the root system… until the hosta becomes root bound, at which time it should be planted directly into the garden. I have had no personal experience with this method. I only have two Great Expectations, and I had already planted both hostas directly into the garden before I ever read this advice. Happily they have grown enthusiastically over the years… including the smaller two-eyed Great Expectations that was almost completely decimated by visiting wild turkeys.

Hosta ‘Great Expectations’ mature plant

Both of my Great Expectations produce large numbers of near-white bell-shaped flowers, usually flowering here in early July. The seed pods do mature but I have had very little success with any of these seeds germinating.

Hosta ‘Great Expectations’ leaves… yellow centers with irregular wide green margins

Hosta ‘Great Expectations’ Profile:
12 1/2 inches long, 10 inches wide
2 1/2-inch wide blue-green margin
18 vein pairs

near white
blooms late June to early July
29-inch high scapes

Mound size:
58 inches in diameter
29 inches high