Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hosta:

            Did you know there are over 500 varieties of Hosta? So there should be at least one for you, for your shady situation.

 
            Hostas come in all types of shapes and sizes, colors and looks. You’ve got some with leaves the size of a penny, and those that could hide a small child. Most have leaves of green, but some are blue. Yellow leaves bring brightness into those dark corners of the landscaping, some are streaked with cream or white.

            You’ve got inner leaf variegation and outer leave variegation; some varieties have puckered leave, others are ribbed, but most are smooth. Most flowers produced are light lavender and boring, but Royal Hostas are white and very fragrant.
 
            Hosta fills the shady area dance card; too much sun and they wilt; though most of the
predominate white or cream variegated varieties will do nicely in these sunny situations.

            They don’t need much water, and should not be planted where they might mingle with the lawn sprinklers. Deer are especially fond of them; and view your hosta plantings as sort of a Baskin Robbins of the herbivore world. Anytime a deer might venture into your landscaping the hosta will be the first to go, drawn like light to a black hole.


            The Hosta is the true test of your horticultural skills, or lack of them. If they die while under your care, you will have officially dubbed yourself Sir Duke of the “black” Thumb.

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