Hosta Francee

Discover the carefree beauty of ‘Francee’ hosta, with classic variegation in green and white.
By: Julie A Martens
Sun Loving Hosta Francee

Sun Loving Hosta Francee

Photo by: DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Garden Design, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Plant a ‘Francee’ hosta, and you’ll experience why hostas are one of the top garden plants. Hosta ‘Francee’ brings on the color all season long for very little effort. The green and white variegated leaves hold their own in shady settings, but can also withstand some sun. Learn about this classic beauty and why you might want to add Hosta ‘Francee’ to your garden.

In the timeline of hostas, Hosta ‘Francee’ is a relative newcomer to the scene. It was introduced in the 1970s and formally registered with the American Hosta Society in 1986. What happened next, though, is a testament to this hostas’s staying power. It quickly replaced the go-to hosta variety of that era, Hosta ‘Undulata Albomarginata.’

‘Francee’ hosta’s popularity stems from its carefree beauty. This is one perennial you can plant and forget about. Leaves boast a strong green color that’s steady throughout the entire growing season. An eye-catching white stripe rings leaf margins, and the variegation is constant, no matter how high summer temperatures rise. You won’t experience leaf burning or fading with Hosta ‘Francee.’

Plants form a neat mound, growing to a mature size of 20 inches tall by up to 50 inches across. Leaves bring fantastic texture to the garden with a wrinkled, puckered surface accented by clearly visible veins. Overall Hosta ‘Francee’ has a fast growth rate, so it quickly fills in to create a full mounding plant.

Flowers appear in midsummer on ‘Francee’ hosta. The blooms open in shades of lavender, adding a pretty contrast to the white and green leaves. Flowers form along a spike that stands 30 inches tall, lifting blossoms above the leafy mound.

Use Hosta ‘Francee’ to create a lush planting along a porch, drive or patio. ‘Francee’ hosta can withstand some sun, up to four hours a day from Zone 6 north. Count on Hosta ‘Francee’ to form a lush ground cover in planting beds. It’s also a great go-to plant for driveway and street side beds in areas where winter piles on the snow. Since plants disappear completely with frost, you don’t risk damaging the plant with shoveled snow.

Good companion plants for Hosta ‘Francee’ include variegated Solomon’s seal (Polgonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’), brunnera (Brunnera macrophylla), astilbe (Astilbe chinensis) and coral bells (Heuchera). It’s a natural with the thin grassy leaves of grass-type plants, like carex or Japanese hakone grass (Hakenechloa macra). Or pair ‘Francee’ hosta with the dark leaf varieties of shrubs like ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius), weigela and elderberry (Sambucus nigra). Hosta ‘Francee’ also looks beautiful with oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia).

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