Plantain Lily –
Hostas need shade, right? Not always and completely; ‘Invincible’ and other Hostas with yellow, chartreuse or gold leaves and/or fragrant flowers tend to need more light for brilliant leaf color. The genus originates from Asia and is comprised of approximately 40 species and thousands of hybrid cultivars. Hosta is a clump forming herbaceous ornamental grown mostly for its attractive foliage. Invincible has thick, glossy, dark green leaves that are spade-shaped, tapering with wavy margins. Lavender to white, very fragrant flowers are funnel-shaped and appear on tall, leafy, arching stems, held above the foliage in the late summer.
Overall, Hostas grow best in partially shaded sites and tolerate a wide range of soil types. Invincible needs more morning sun to maintain good leaf color. Hostas have average water needs, but prefer even moisture, hot and dry Hostas display their displeasure with margin and tip burns on the leaves. Best uses for Hosta are in shaded perennial gardens or massed as a groundcover.
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White, Lavender, Ivory
Olive, Dark Green, Slate Gray, Steel Blue
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.