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An Overview of the Hosta Plant
Make the most of your yard by incorporating attractive, appealing Hostas into your shady-area plantings. Hostas range in size from tiny plants less than 8 inches tall to 4-foot clumps with leaves nearly 2 feet across. Leaves come in a wide choice of shapes and textures, and may be solid or variegated in shades of green, white, yellow, cream and even blue. Popular for their interesting foliage, these shade-loving perennials also provide lovely splashes of lavender, white or yellow in the summer, when hosta plants bloom.
Form and function come together beautifully in these fabulous, fun plants. Often used as ground cover, hostas are effective in erosion control, which makes them great for placement on slopes, berms or behind retaining walls. Tiny hostas work wonders in containers, as border plants or in terrariums. Medium-sized hostas make superb companions to shade-loving plants and flowers such as astilbe, impatiens or coleus, while larger varieties create striking stand-alone focal points even in larger yards.
Who says shade plants must be boring? Our hostas provide pretty blooms and prettier foliage. Bordered leaves, striped varieties, striking colors and our Super Sak hostas are sure to add interest.
The Best Places to Grow Hosta Plants
Hosta plants love the shade, but some hostas require more sun than others. A general rule of thumb is that lighter foliage indicates a need for more sunlight while darker foliage grows best in the shade. Dappled sunlight works best for more colourful varieties. In general, planting hostas in a woodland garden, beneath a large tree or on the north side of a house is a good bet.
When it comes to landscaping, hostas are especially beautiful and lush when grown next to textured plants like ferns. Hostas also look amazing in gardens surrounded by bright, colourful flowers. Remember to match the estimated size of the mature plants with your available space.
How to Plant Hostas
Hostas are long-lived shade plants that should be grown in rich, slightly acidic soil in a spot where they will not receive much sun. To start, dig a hole about a foot deep and slightly wider than the mature hosta plant. They can vary greatly in size, so know how large you can expect yours to grow. Place a plant in the hole and add in some form of organic matter such as compost, composted manure or tree bark mulch. Finally, fill the hole with soil and cover with mulch.
Hostas are tough, versatile and easy to grow, and most types spread quickly once they are established. Their rhizome clumps can be divided every few years into smaller clumps that can be shared with relatives and friends who also enjoy gardening.