Facts about Hostas
- Hostas are attractive foliage plants that prosper in the shade from spring to the first frost.
- Hosta varieties vary in height from the Blue Angel at 4 feet to Thumb Nail at 4 inches.
- Blue green and yellow leaved hosts all like water and the yellow & gold leaved varieties will stand more sunshine like Sun Power .
- Varied textures are available from smooth, crinkled, puckered and leathery all to tempt you.
- Hostas do not seem to die of old age and require minimum maintenance.
- There are many variations amongst different varieties with wide and narrow outer bands. it is hard to get a perfect match as light, temperature and growing conditions can influence the colour pattern.
- Juvenile leaves always look different not only smaller but less rounded and some leaf patterns take years to fully develop.
- Hosta sieboldii varieties have distinctive patterns like Haku-Chu-Han and Kabitan.
- Combine variagated Hostas with Arum italicum Pictum or other variagated leaved plants.
- Hosta flower on long lasting Racemes like Hosta Blue Angel.
- Flowers may be white and scented like Fragrant Candelabra or Fragrant Bouquet
- Some plants have pale blue flowering spikes like the spreading Hosta ventricola Aureo-marginata
- Flowers are not the main reason for growing Hostas but provide another level of interest & valuable benefits.
Where to use Hostas
- In Japan hostas are grown as pot plants for both indor and our door use.
- They can be planted on the edge of a gravel path under the shade of a hedge.
- Small hostas can be used in the wet areas of a rock garden or rockery.
- A woodland setting is often best with key elements of shade and moisture being available.
- Good patterns can be found amongst the leaf arrangements and that is one reason the foliage is often used by florists.
- Other companion plants not mentioned above include Epimedium, Acorus, Astilibes, Berginia and Pulmonaria. Aim for plants that will add variety to the height and shapes.