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Friday, August 9, 2013


One of the workhorses of my garden is the Hosta. Well more than a workhorse really as the shade garden if full of them. I buy more every year.
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What I like most is the variety. I mean they are green right, well they are so much more than green. They have lovely flowers. I know my friend Diane doesn't like the flowers and cuts them off but I don't know why. Still I think they are versatile. In this shot I have some tall ones in a corner with a tub in front with a different colour and some small ones in front.
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This one (ignore the holes, slugs) is a pretty lime. I find that they grow really well in pots and last throught winters just fine.

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This Hosta was repotted this Spring, I don't divide them just yet I want them to get really big first. The ones in the ground don't get so big.
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This one is in a good size tub and is getting huge. I may well have to split it next year

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you can use so many things as containers. A galvanized bucket makes a great planter
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They fill in empty spots so well. They seem to flourish in sun and shade. In fact they seem to prefer sun.
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The ones that grow tall really are great in background spots with small flowers in front. I use them to fill in spaces and with ivy for difficult spots.
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The whole of my shade garden is Ivy, Vinca Vine and Hosta's. Well in Spring my forest flowers come through but at the moment its mainly Hostas. I have 3 new ones to put in. The reason I like pots is that they come up a lot quicker than those in the ground

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This planter is an old chimney cap, concrete. Inside is a planter and this Hosta loves it.

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I will continue to buy them. I use them in containers to place around in bare spots instead of annuals and then at the end of summer I can put them in the garden at back. I think this year I will also plant more ivy back there. It really needs to fill in better.

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I put slug bait down a couple of times a year. That seems to be the only pest that damages them.
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Rose Hascall said...

Never thought to plant them in pots. May have to try that with my Tiny Tim one. It gets lost among its bigger cousins.

Magic Love Crow said...

Great post my friend ;o) I have many hostas! They are so hardy!! I can't understand not liking the flowers? They are so pretty! I love the idea of planting them in pots! Take Care ;o) Hugs ;o)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

We have a lot of Hostas, too...I love the purple flowers and wouldn't consider chopping them off! Hope you are enjoying the weekend!