Most popular shade plant of all time due to their versatility in the landscape. Their lush clumps of bold exotic leaves are the main feature. The stalks of lily-like flowers are an added bonus. Bloom time is summer.
Medium to dark green and somewhat glossy leaves have a narrow white margin. Forms a wide, low mound of foliage perfect for edgings. More sun tolerant.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
Deep Green, Variegated, White
Plant in spring, spacing plants 1 to 3 feet apart, depending on the variety. Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the pot the plant is in. Carefully remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Carefully fill in around the root ball and firm the soil gently. Water thoroughly.
Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. After the first killing frost, cut plant back to an inch or two above soil line. Divide plants every 3 to 4 years as new growth begins in the spring, lifting plants and dividing them into clumps.
Astilbe – Astilbe and hosta is the classic partnership in shaded places. The fine astilbe foliage and colorful flower plumes enhance a hosta bed all summer long.
Columbine – The dancing, colorful flowers of columbine bloom when hostas are beginning to unfurl their young leaves, thus extending the season of interest in sun or part shade.
Holly fern – The upright fronds of Christmas fern contrast well against the solid foliage of hosta in shade.