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Hostas are among the most adored foliage plants for shady parts of the garden. They look magnificent when mass planted under trees, either as a single variety or clumps of assorted varieties. They also grow well in pots or garden beds on the shady side of the house and they don’t take much space.  As moisture loving plants, they thrive alongside ponds and streams.

With the countless Hosta varieties on offer, there is a huge choice of leaf shapes, sizes, colours and textures. Colours range from bright chartreuse through forest greens, cool blues and silver greys, and there are many cream or yellow variegated forms. Heights range from ankle to shoulder height, some with huge leaves, others with masses of smaller leaves.

These timeless garden perennials are deciduous, disappearing from view in winter. But this means they’re cold hardy and able to thrive in a wide range of climates. In the early spring garden there is nothing more delightful than fresh new hosta leaves unfurling from the earth.

How to grow hostas

  • Choose a shady spot for your hostas. While they need light for best foliage colour, protection from strong sun is important. Darker green varieties will cope with a little more sun, while lime green or gold hostas are the most prone to sunburn. The more sun they get, the more water hostas need.
  • Plant hostas in well-drained, humus-rich soil. Mix compost into the soil at planting time and keep their soil covered with a layer of organic mulch to keep roots cool and moist.
  • Hostas need plenty of moisture. Summer watering is essential for new plantings. Established hosta plants will tolerate periods of dryness once established, but they never look their best if dry for too long.
  • Feed hostas in spring. Use balanced, controlled released fertiliser, blood and bone or well-rotted animal manure.
  • Garden mollusks love hostas! So, make sure your slug and snail prevention is in place before the vulnerable young leaves emerge from the ground, and continue the protection through summer.

 

Look for these products, tips and advice at a Go Gardening Store near you.



13-Oct-2014

 

Hosta in a pot
Hosta in a pot

Hosta Purple Heart
Hosta Purple Heart

Hosta Empress Wu
Hosta Empress Wu

Hosta flowers
Hosta flowers

Hosta Shade Fanfare
Hosta Shade Fanfare