The Cutting Garden: Growing and Arranging Garden Flowers by Sarah Raven
Growing Hostas for Flower Arrangements
- Hostas are a group of over 200 species of perennials from China, Japan and Korea that grow well in the UK & North America.
- In the garden they appreciate shade and protection from slugs.
- As flower arranging plants they are in demand for the shape, size, colour and texture of the leaves.
- Size varies from small leaves of Hosta venusta 4 inches high to large leaves of Hosta sieboldiana 2 feet across and more.
- Hosta fortunei leaves turn rich yellow in Autumn and Hosta unulata is bi-coloured green and yellow with twisting leaves.
- Hosta flowers from June onward but they are not particularly striking
Special Tips for Flower Arranging with Hostas
- Prior to arranging Hosta leaves condition them overnight in a deep bucket of water. Even submerging them will do no harm.
- Stems are quite soft so if putting them into Oasis make a small hole with a stick first.
- Leaves do not mature before May and would just wilt if cut too early.
- Yellowe leaved varieties appreciate a bit more sunshine.
- Hostas are useful for all-green arrangements.
A full array of books on Flower Arranging and related subjects is available from Amazon. You will find more advice and artistic inspiration amongst this selection.
I would also recommend the Harrogate spring flower show where I am always stunned by the floral arrangement amongst the plants on display.
Turn your arrangements into botanical works of art – here are some examples and clubs you could join.
Flower Arrangement by Dominic’s pics CC BY 2.0
Hostas have sculptural leaves in a range of colours from bright green to glaucus blue with yellow and bicoloured varieties that can all contribute to your flower arranging expertise. Grow a few plants and see what we mean.
To grow a generic mix of flowers for arrangements and bouquets check out Thompson & Morgan