Hostas

159 named Hosta varieties are available for purchase this year with 211 varieties on display in the gardens.

All will be sold bare root with a minimum of two crowns. Pricing varies by variety as displayed in Description List below.

 

General Characteristics

Hostas are primarily known as shade plants. However there are varieties that can tolerate a certain amount of direct sunlight, especially morning or very late afternoon sun. The hot, direct midday sun has a tendency to fade the bright colors of the leaves or in some cases even burn them. As a rule of thumb, the darker the leaves of a hosta, the less sun it can tolerate. Therefore, keep the dark green and blue leafed varieties in mostly shade. There are exceptions to the rule, so refer to the Sun Tolerant Hostas topic in the Help Pages or ask for help if you want hostas for a more sunny location.

Hostas can tolerate a wide variety of growing conditions from very moist soils to near drought conditions. However, like most plants they perform best in well drained soils with adequate moisture during the summer.

After planting a new hosta, it normally takes three years for the plant to reach full maturity. During the second growing season the plants will reach half its final leaf size and height. Hostas are generally clump forming and like most clump forming plants, they can become overgrown. After four or five years of undisturbed growth, it is best to dig the entire clump up and divide it into groups of four to five crowns. This will renew the vigor of the plant. Hostas can be transplanted most any time during the growing season, but to minimize shock to the plant, it is best to do it early spring or late summer.

Most hostas produce flower stalks in mid to late summer that stand well above the foliage. Trumpet like flowers vary in color from white to dark purple. Some varieties are highly fragrant while others have no scent at all.

Hostas range in size from dwarfs to giants. Dwarfs grow to only a height of several inches and the diameter of the mature leaf canopy will be 6 to 10 inches. Giants will grow to a height of 3 feet ( this does not include the flower stalk) with leaves as large as 10 to 12 inches across. The diamater of the leaf canopy can be as much as 4 feet. It is important to select a variety that can fit well in the space available. Some have a vertical stature which makes a nice different look.

There are very few insects that bother hostas except for slugs. Slugs naturally like the shaded moist habitat that the hosta canopy provides. Unfortunately they do more than hide there; they also eat holes in the leaves. While it doesn't seem to hurt the plant's growth very much, it can make the plants less attractive. Having grown many varieties, we can help you find one of many which are highly resistant to slug attack. Our Help Pages include one on Slug Resistant Hostas. There are also a variety of solutions for contolling slugs ranging from barriers, drowning pools, repellents, pesticides etc. Spending a little time on-line may be a good start to determine what type of approach you might want to try for slug control.

 

Hostas Image Gallery

Description and Price List follows the Gallery

 

 

Hostas Description and Price List

 

Foliage Height :
Dwarf < 4"
Mini 4" to 6"
Small 6" to 10"
Med 10" to 18"
Large 18" to 28"
Giant > 28"