Hostas are plants native to China, Korea, and Japan where they thrive in open grasslands, moist woodlands, as well as along rivers and stream banks. This foliage plant has both fall and summer bloom and is also commonly known in different names such as funkia and plantain lily.
According to Kris Wetherbee, hostas should be planted in humus-rich and evenly moist soil with light to full shade. These plants are adaptable, versatile, and tough. Colorful varieties can achieve their fullest potential with filtered sun, particularly blue and gold forms.
The varieties of green leaves are the ones that are most tolerant to shade. Many species require protection from excessive direct sunshine, specifically hot sun during the afternoon with high temperatures. Variegated varieties, particularly the ones whose leaves have lots of white can burn rather easily.
Varieties with blue leaves will be bleached to green if they get excessive direct sun. Those plants with waxy and thick leaves adapt better to dry soil conditions compared to those with thin leaves. However, none of the two will thrive much less survive with thin or dry soil.
Hostas tend to emerge later in the season yet they quickly unfurl in order to fill the allotted space. Their growth is somewhat slow and may even take 2 to 4 years because they reach their full size. The time is often longer for cultivars and the largest species. Make sure you allow lots of rooms when planting hostas to give room once they achieve their mature size.
The small varieties can spread thrice as wide as their height. Varieties of medium size spread two times their height while the larger varieties have almost equal width and height.
Learn from this article from Hawk Hill how you can rejuvenate your shady raised garden bed and plant some lush hostas on it.
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