Gardening Guide Hostas River2u.com
Overview
Hostas are easy, long-living perennials grown primarily for their beautiful foliage. There are more than a thousand varieties ranging in height from 2 inches to 4 feet. Usually grown in the shade, they will often tolerate some sun. Hostas come in shades of green, white, gray, gold and blue. There are hundreds of variegated varieties, often featuring wonderful textures. They mix extremely well with many other plants and are easy to divide.

The following should be considered when buying hostas:
  • Make sure the variety will survive the winters and summers where you live.
  • Select the color, height, and spread appropriate for the site to be planted.
  • The plant should have healthy looking green leaves and vigorous roots.
Plant hostas in a hole about 1 foot wide and 1 feet deep in well drained soil to which some organic material such as decomposed leaves or peat moss has been added.. Water well the first season. Once established they are relatively drought tolerant and can live for years with very little care. Hostas will turn wonderful shades of yellow in the fall before dying to the ground in winter, but they reliably return in the spring.



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