Monday, June 17, 2013

Hosta Heaven

It took years before I found homes that my hostas loved.  As many of us do, I originally planted them in spots where nothing else would survive--under pine trees, apple trees and crab apple trees.  They lived, but they did not thrive--poor soil and too many tree roots hogging all the water.
About three years ago I began to move them into my main gardens.  I have been rewarded with big lush plants. 
Just take a look---we have had enough rain this spring to keep them happy and no deer have found them yet. 
I could not find anything to grow well in this area next to my largest arbor.  The soil is only six inches deep before hitting pure rock.
I decided to try hosta. This area looks the best it has since the garden began -- a gazillion  years ago.

Same area but looking from behind the milk can.

This is the area directly across from the one above. I really like Heuchera 'Caramel' next to this yellow green hosta in front of the allium.

 This is Hosta Frances William -- my favorite.

The leaves look like they are quilted.

Just last year I planted all the hostas in the woodland garden behind the table set.
Here is a closer view.  This garden also has a piece of driftwood as its focal point.  This area is very bright and cheerful and there is not one single flower in bloom.
Here is what it looked like just one year ago after I removed all the daylilies that were originally planted here.
I do LUV my hostas! 


  1. Wow, that really is a hosta heaven! I like your Frances William hosta; I really like all of your variegated hostas! It is beautiful!

  2. Stacy, Thank you. It pays to give them a decent area to grow instead of the poor areas I had been trying to force them to live in. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. OH my!!! SO SO beautiful lady! Amazing how far you have come in that area with your before and after!!! Your whole space is just so stunning...and I love that little table in the center of the garden! I need some serious help because I have white flies that are literally eating all of my hosta leaves! I am trying to keep up with spraying organic insect control but it makes me crazy! I hope my space looks like this one day!

    1. I am so sorry to hear about the white fly problem. I know it is difficult to keep up with spraying. Some years I am faithful about it and other years I don't spray anything--so far this year is a no spray year.

  4. Wow--just found you via a Pin of your gardens. Beautiful! Your yard is stunning!

    1. So glad you popped on over from Pinterest. Thanks for taking the time to comment. I hope you will visit again!

  5. Love Hostas. They look great throughout the areas but your woodland area. I really love the foliage plants.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  6. I have a love affair with hostas too. They are wonderful when they are happy. I have them in the sun too....I have to keep them watered well so that they survive. They have chartreuse leaves and can tolerate some sun. Do you have any of the new minis yet?
    By the way....your gardens are so pretty....looks like a gardener lives there :)

    1. Hi Balisha,
      I do have one mini--its a rather dull green --the only exciting thing about it is its size.

      Thanks for the nice compliment about the garden.

  7. Beautiful! I dream of having a larger garden someday, with a huge, shady area where I can grow all the Hostas I don't have room for now!

    1. Hi Scott,
      I hope your dream comes true!


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