Archive for August, 2009
Hostas are an all time favorite shade perennial – and quite honestly I’m pretty passionate about them. I have found throughout my 25 years of gardening that I can plant them any time of the year the ground is not frozen. They are as tough as a pair of old boots and speaking of boots you can even take an old pair and use them as a planter. I even dug out a few clumps one year in the middle of summer, left them in the garage, went on vacation for a week , then planted them and they did just fine
Hostas come in all kinds of sizes, shapes, colors and even blooms times. Having grown over 300 of them at one time I do attest to some favorites. Somebody once asked my what makes a Hosta a favorite – so here you go.
1) I don’t like those little holes that pop up all of a sudden in the leaves. This is caused by slugs. I have found over the years that slugs are drawn more to old varieties which have a thinner substance than many of the newer varieties with thicker substance. As long as I know what is filet mignon to them, I’ll stick with the newer stuff.
2) Now that I’ve moved recently I have a lot more sunnier areas – so I like varieties that can do well in both sun and shade
3) Hostas look great in the spring – but what about late summer & fall. Hey – that’s when my gardening is really starting to kick in and sure don’t want any wimpy performers that start to shut down in August.
So here’s my I-can’t-live-without Hosta list:
June – nice medium size – just looks darn beautiful even into September
Stained Glass – wow can this take some sun and the leaves are SO shiny
Touch of Class – the name says it all
Sum & Substance – no garden should be without this beauty – it just gets bigger & more impressive every year.
Regal Splendor – Its the vase shaped style this is just awesome.
TIP: Grows the best in well drained soil & moist conditions.
by Mary Walters. www.GreatGardenPlants.com.