Plant Family Guides: Hosta - Plantain Lilies Guides
Highly popular and very cute, mini and very small hostas are a good choice if space is tight or for containers. They are great candidates for rock gardens, containers and troughs. Some can even be grown in spaces in dry stone walls as long as there is enough moisture.
While shade is important for the protection of the hosta leaves, some sun is necessary to produce great flowers. Many hostas will tolerate more sunlight, provided they receive sufficient moisture at the roots. In general, hostas with blue-green leaves or with white variegation perform best in shaded places. Hostas with green, chartreuse or golden leaves will tolerate more sun, provided moisture is adequate. These hostas can be planted in full sun because they are less prone to leaf scorch.
Blue being the rarest color in a garden, it is not surprising that hosta with blue leaves have long been prized by gardeners. There is a wide range of blues to choose from: deep blue, glaucous blue, blue-gray, blue-green, gray-green, soft powder blue or intense blue.
Shade-loving Hostas are natural companion plants to Rhododendrons and Azaleas. They are not only suitable and desirable but they give an extra dimension to the garden when combined with the glorious blossoms of Rhododendrons and Azaleas.
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