Hosta -not just for the ground

Shade gardens, hostas, hosta

Thomas, RIP, posing in my shade garden

Hosta are one of the most versatile and easiest plants to grow.

Hosta, Caladium, Impatiens, Creeping Jenny

Hosta, Caladium, Impatiens, Creeping Jenny

They can be divided and shared 3 out of 4 seasons and with so many sizes and colors you cannot go wrong!

You can grow them in the ground.

You can grow them in pots.

You can grow a few in the sun and many in shade.

Some are small and some are tall.

Some are fragrant while others are not.

But when it comes to a plant that can share a space and give you years of enjoyment, Hostas (or Plantains as many tags will read) are the easiest plant to grow. They are not foolproof since they can be attacked by slugs, voles, and eaten by deer but if you are vigilant you can overcome these destructive forces and enjoy a beautiful garden filled with hostas.

Hosta play well with others.

 

Hosta and impatiens a great combo in my galvanized bucket!

Hosta and impatiens a great combo in my galvanized bucket!

That is why they make a great container plant for the shade (or if you have a sun loving variety). I love impatiens with Hosta in simple pots to add color in the shade. There are a few hosta that can tolerate some sun as long as you keep it well watered. I use hosta in the shade here in zone 7 because I do not want to water twice a day and many of my chartreuse and blue colors fry in the sun.

Colcasia (my black elephant ears), Impatiens, Coleous, Impatiens, Hosta, and Sweet Potato vine all together

Colcasia (my black elephant ears), Impatiens, Coleous, Impatiens, Hosta, and Sweet Potato vine all together

I use hosta anywhere I need to fill in a shady or semi shady spot. Many of the hosta I use in pots actually overwinter in the pots and then I only need to add the annuals for color. In zone 5 and under, I would overwinter the hosta next to the house or protected area covered with a layer of leaves or mulch to protect them from a deep freeze.

Do not be afraid to mix hosta with any of your favorite plants in your garden for color. If kept watered, many hosta can tolerate some sun but I have found many love shady spots with morning sun. Do not be afraid to divide the hosta every spring and if it gets too large for the pot during the summer . I have had to divide hostas in the summer when I underestimated how large the hosta was going to grow. That happens to me a lot.

I do divide  in the smaller pots every spring otherwise they are rootbound by June. Hostas recover quickly from division and with adequate water your hosta will not even know you took a chunk. Since I am running out of room and I save many hosta from ‘predators’  -deer, slug, & voles,  I am always sharing and swapping with other gardeners. I hope this gives you ideas to expand your container gardening and include hostas. The best advantage to using hosta as the accent plant in a container is the cost-free!

driftwood random yard 069Creating. Inspiring. Gardening without the rules!

2014/2015 copyright material from C.Renee Fuller and the Garden Frog

 

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