Hosta are among the most popular of perennials for shady areas, with hundreds of varieties now readily available. Plants form a sturdy mound of foliage, topped with lily-like blooms. This medium-sized selection has green leaves with a streaky ivory to creamy-yellow margin. Pale lavender flowers appear in July. Also good for planting in mixed containers or tubs. Hosta go completely dormant in the fall, and the dying foliage can be removed any time before mid spring. Easily divided in either spring or fall, but plants may be left alone for years. Good slug resistance. Great for massing.
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Deep Green, Variegated, White, Yellow
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.