Hosta Frances Williams Shrub

Product Description

The Hosta Frances Williams, also called Plantain Lily, is one of the most popular hostas and it’s not hard to tell why.

This variegated hosta has heart shaped blue leaves and lime green margins that mature to yellow beige. The blue green leaves are exceptionally large and can grow up to 12 inches long. The funnel shaped white flowers with a lilac tint appear in the spring and summer growing seasons. The pale lavender flowers have a slight fragrance that attracts hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden.

Hosta sieboldiana is a large hosta variety native to Japan. They are clump forming perennial plants that will spread several feet in the area they are planted in.

Plant this hosta virtually anywhere in shade gardens, around borders, or garden beds as an edging plant, as a ground cover, or in containers. The beautiful display of year long colors will mesmerize you.

Hosta Frances Williams Care

Thriving best in full shade to partial shade, this large hosta prefers moist, well draining soil that is rich in organic matter. The Frances Williams Hosta will tolerate a planting site with morning sun or filtered light but should be protected from the afternoon sun. An annual application of slow release fertilizer will provide nutrients the hosta needs to grow healthy and thrive.

The Frances Williams Hosta size is up to 2-3 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide at full maturity. In colder climates, the large leaves may die back during winter. When the threat of winter frost is gone, you can clear up spent foliage and blossoms to encourage new growth for spring. Divide hostas in early spring or late summer.

Grow this Frances Williams Hosta across the United States in USDA hardiness zones 3-9. It is extremely low maintenance and easy to care for. Be sure to water thoroughly the first year of planting to establish a strong root system.

Shop the Frances Williams Hosta Plant for sale.

Check out our Hosta Growing Guide and our Are Hostas Edible? Blog for more information on how to cultivate these shade loving plants.

Botanical Name

Hosta sieboldiana 'Frances Williams'

Sunlight Full Shade / Partial Sun
Flower Color Lilac
Foliage Color Blue Green
Mature Height 2-3 ft
Mature Width 3-4 ft
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
  • Shade loving
  • Low maintenance

Shipping Info

Once your Hosta Frances Williams Shrub order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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  1. Linda Ortman (verified owner)

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    Like the size and so far they seem to be alive.

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