There is nothing worse than a garden bed bordered with a few dozen of the same Hosta all in a row.Well, I can name a few worse things, but that is pretty high on my list.
There are some pretty awesome Hostas available now and most of them on the cheap. I have bought some wonderful Hostas at Home Depot and Fred Meyer for just a few dollars ($3-$5), even a lot of the common varieties are worth growing.
You can spend quite a bit on something new and fancy of course. I just spent $15 on a nice yellow one and bought one with red stems, but I have "price amnesia" on that one.
For me, some of the most desired Hosta features are:
- They are nice mounds of color/texture, some having sort of a seersucker effect to their leaves.
- They don't spread everywhere, although they can get BIG over time, so give the really big leaved ones room to grow.
- They are easy to clean up after flowering and in the fall after leaves die back.
- The flowers can be beautifully big and fragrant or inconsequential.
- They have a way of bringing light to a shaded area or a dark corner of the garden.
Just be sure to slug bait early and often! You don't want "Swiss Hostas".
|Hosta 'Stained Glass' mixed in the boarder|
|Hosta 'Stained Glass'|
|Hosta x tardiana Halcyon|
|Hosta fortunei 'Aureomarginata'|
|Hosta nigrescens 'Krossa Regal'|
|Hosta 'Paul’s Glory'|
|Hosta 'Fire Island'|