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We ship container grown hostas of good size with strong root systems. WE
NEVER SEND TISSUE CULTURES. The tissue cultured hostas we receive are grown for
a minimum of one full growing season, many times two to three seasons before
they are sold to our customers. Hostas are shipped from March thru
|Hostas come in many sizes (miniature to
giant), shapes, textures, and colors. When considering color here are
|In choosing green hostas, keep in mind that green shades blend well
with all other colors and are considered a 'cool' color. You'll find greens with
leaves that are shiny, powdery, light and dark green, round, lance shaped, heart
shaped, oval, etc.
Hosta 'Empress Wu'
Photo courtesy of Skaggs
Hosta 'Blue Angel'
The blue hostas are also considered as 'cool shades' and are easy to
blend with most any color. They add a good contrast when placed next to yellow
hostas. To hold their deep blue color they need to be planted in shady areas. A
blue hosta planted in a sunny area will tend to turn green by late summer.
|Yellow to gold shades will really brighten up a dark area of your
garden. In fact it will draw your garden visitor's eye to that spot. Don't
overdo the use of yellow though as too many seem to clutter up and confuse an
otherwise beautiful garden. The yellow cultivars blend in well with all colors
especially the blues and gold margined types.
Hosta 'Stained Glass'
|Both the gold and white margined hostas produce variety when planted
with the solid colors. The combinations and patterns of the variegated types
planted with solid colors are subject to no limitations.
|Finally we have a grouping with unique variegations
such as leaves with dark margins and lighter centers, or those with
variegations in the spring turning to solid green by summer.
Hosta 'High Society'
Additional tips for selecting
the right hosta for your garden.
||Whitened with minute powder
||The offspring resulting from crossing two genetically
different parental forms
||Scorching appears and then a hole through the leaf on
some Hostas having large areas of white variegation
||Slanting away from the vertical, used primarily for
||Dull, the reverse of shiny
||Egg-shaped, broad end at base
||The leaf stem
||A frosted, dewy appearance
||Any leaf surface with an uneven surface feature
including wrinkled, puckered, crinkled, ruffled, dimpled and
||The stem bearing the flowers
||A root stock which sends out horizontal stems from
which new independent plants arise
||Wavy, either the leaf margin or the leaf is wavy
Tips for selecting the right Hosta for your
- The use of blue hostas next to light yellow hostas adds contrast.
- Planting one specimen hosta in an unexpected site provides a unique touch.
- "Warm" colors, such as gold and yellows are thought of as coming
forward, while "cool" colors such as green and blue recede.
Thereby, placing yellow and gold cultivars in front of blue hostas create an
illusion of greater depth.
- Yellow hostas are used to brighten up a dark corner or area of your
garden. They are used to draw the visitor's attention to that spot.
- Hostas can solve that bare spot or eyesore in the shady part of your yard
or next to the deck that gets very little sun.
- The use of bolder variegated hostas at the back of the garden seem to
bring that area closer.
- Hostas offer continuity to the garden by being planted with and among
ferns, Siberian iris, astilbe, etc.
- Hostas perform better (more pest resistant and sun tolerant) and become
more beautiful each year.
- Hostas make great container plants placed on the patio.
- Place deeply variegated and highly fragrant hostas close to the viewer so
that they can appreciate those characteristics more acutely.
- Generally, hostas grown in shade have fewer but larger leaves.
- Hostas are a perfect addition to the rock garden. In time their roots
search out available soil. Just give them a little help the first year with
some extra waterings.