Hostas: easy to care for plants
A beautiful, easy to care for plant is always welcome in the garden. Hostas are no exception. They are basically maintenance free and produce exceptional results. About 3 years ago my husband and I bought 3 small blue-green hostas and planted them in fairly poor soil. We added a little bit of organic topsoil, mixed it in with the native soil,watered it and put a little mulch around the outer area. Not expecting much to happen, we were quite surprised
to find that they thrived. By the end of the summer, they had doubled in size. During the growing season they produced beautiful, spikey lavender flowers. The show of flowers bloomed repeatedly and lasted for several weeks before drying out.
The leaves are a beautiful heart shape and tinted a blue-green. They grow anywhere from 14-20″ in height and 18-24″ wide. Ours were planted in a partially shaded area that got morning sun and did fine for about the first half of the summer, but once July and August rolled around the edges got a little crisp and the leaves developed holes. We left them in the same spot up until this spring when we moved them to a shadier area. We divided them since they had become quite big and got 6 plants out of the original 3 we purchased. They are planted in between a crepe myrtle and a Chinese Fringe Flower tree.
While it’s a mostly shaded area, it does get filtered morning sun which should be enough in the spring and early summer, while shading them from the extreme heat of the mid to latter part of the summer. Too much shade can be just as bad as too much sun, so we’ll have to keep an eye out to see just how well they do in their new spot.
When we divided and transplanted them, we didn’t use much more in the way of soil and preparation than we did the first time we planted them. We did use fertilizer for roses called Rose-Tone. It was sprinkled on the top of the soil around the entire plant, but not touching any part of the plant. Two days after planting and fertilizing and we already found that the first green leaves are about to bud.
Plants and flowers that accompany the Hosta well are Lenten Roses, Hydrangeas, Foxgloves, Rhododendrons and any woodland plants.
Hostas are a beautiful addition to your garden and with so many varieties and sizes available, you’re sure to find something perfect for your area!