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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hosta's - My Garden of Eden Plant!

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It is a rainy day in Idaho today, so I get a study day. I have wanted to study a little more about Hosta's for my yard and so I wanted to share some thoughts about "Hosta's" with you today for Blooming Tuesday.
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The first time I saw a Hosta I was about 12 years old. We toured the gardens at Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) in Rexburg, Idaho. I had never seen such huge leaves on such a beautiful plant. I asked everyone I knew what the name of it was and nobody around had ever seen anything like it either. All I knew to call them was that plant that looks like it should be in the Garden of Eden. After I was married my mother in law had one in her yard and I found out what it was called. I have been hooked ever since! This is a start of that Hosta that I got from my Mother -In-Law's yard several years ago - it likes it at my house!
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When we added out side yard, I knew I wanted Hosta's as the staple of the garden. They are all starting to fill in now and look amazing....but there is always room for more.
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I also planted Hosta's along the front of our house. It is on the north side and they love it there. That garden is called "The Hosta Bed"

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My first Hosta is starting to pop!
This is what this Hosta will look like this summer. It is planted in the entry area.
Isn't it so beautiful! I love it!

A little about Hosta's
They need to be fertilzed in late fall or early spring, preferably before they break ground. (Which for me is right now!)
  • If you are going to divide them you need to do it first thing in the spring, just as they are coming through the ground
  • You can split some of my hosta's to move to other parts of the garden and to give starts away.
  • The first year they grow slowly, once they are established they really pop!
  • They are at their best in the shade. Their large leaves indicate this.
  • The varieties that are more yellow tolerate the sun better than the darker colors.
  • There are hundred's of varieties of Hosta's. There are Hosta's with veriigated leaves, blue eaves, yellow leaves, lime leaves, small leaves, big leaves and every size in between.
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Here are a few links with some Hosta Information:

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5 comments:

Elena said...

Beautiful, I just love Hostas!

Jean said...

Everything looks so green and lush. I worked outside today and just the tips of the hosta are showing. Love the sizes and colors. Jean

Aiyana said...

Love Hostas, but they don't work here. I have had a couple of Hosta houseplants (like in the last photo)over the years, but after awhile, they don't look so good, and never lasted more a year.
Aiyana
(p.s. I did send my address last September, but never heard back re the Hollyhock seeds. Thought you had changed your mind! I still want them!!)

Carla said...

Soon I will be moving to a shady yard, and hostas are on my list:). I love you call them Garden of Eden plants. Too cool!

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