Hostas – Go Beyond the Eye Roll

The humble hosta has gotten a bad rap.  It’s not a flashy plant  but it is hardy, easy to grow, offers great leaf patterns and loves the shade!  These are assets that a city gardener loves!

 True, green hostas can do well in the sun if  in moist, deep soil, but most like shade, especially the blue hosta.  As Grounds Superintendent Steve Baxter from 1000 Southern Artery in Quincy counsels, go beyond the eye roll and give this plant a chance! He is so right!
Here are two hosta fun facts you may not know…  Did you know that hostas flower? And that some are fragrant? Interested? Read on….Blue-green Francis Williams hosta with creamy gold edges

Hostas are best used as groundcover, as an accent plant or to edge a garden.  They come in many colors – shades of green, yellow and blue.  Some sport gold, cream or white patterns and edges.  Leaves can be rippled, glossy, veined, ridged, puckered – pick your favorite.  Hosta flowers are white or lavender and, depending on the variety, bloom as early as June and as late as October.  Fragrant white flowers of the Aphrodite hosta And when you are at your local nursery or garden center, look  for Hosta plantaginea – it’s a fragrant hosta.   The  ‘Aphrodite’ hosta has a fragrant, double white flower. 

And if you really like hostas, here’s an event to consider…  The 2011 American Hosta Society National Convention will take place June 22 – June 25 in Marlborough, Massachusetts, hosted by the New England Hosta Society. For more information, go to http://www.2011hosta.org/

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