Most "gold" hostas emerge in the spring with a greenish-chartreuse coloration, and we patiently wait over the course of the next several weeks for them to slowly assume hues of yellow/gold. BUT WHY WAIT so long for a hosta to "color up" when you can have an instant splash of bright gold with our 'Lemon Drop'?
Always drawing the focus of early season visitors, this small hosta cultivar has been a focal point here. The audacity of its color draws one's attention from across the garden. In spite of our propensity to like the large hostas, 'Lemon Drop' has become a personal favorite here.
Sizewise, a mature clump measures about 14" across and presents a gently mounded effect. Younger plants tend to be quite horizontal, giving a nearly spidery appearance. Nearly lanceolate in shape, mature leaves are marked by smooth, wavy undulations, tapering to a distinct, sharp point.
Another point of interest with this rapid clumper is that a second flush of clean chartreuse-gold leaves developes in mid summer, giving a nearly 2-toned canopy effect.
'Lemon Drop' shows excellent early spring color even in deeper shade. In fact, we suggest planting this one in a shadier location so as to prolong the best effets of its color. Tuck it into an otherwise drab corner for instant spring effect. A wonderful companion for early woodland ephemerals.
As a hybridizer's plant, 'Lemon Drop' produces a large number of golds in a wide variety of hues and sizes.