Roger's Backyard Nursery
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Hostas, sometimes called plantain lily, are probably the most commonly used plant for shady areas. There are hundreds of different varieties and hybrids available to the homeowner. There are dozens of hybrids introduced each year. They are originally from Japan and there are only a few real original varieties. Through years of cross breeding these originals with different seedlings, we get all the different hostas.
They come in different sizes, from giant to miniature. Most of the popular ones fall somewhere in the middle. Hostas are usually separated by mini, small, medium, medium-large, large and giant. Some people think that hostas are hostas are hostas. They are just green, leafy plants in the shade. In reality, Hostas can grow in a spreading, low mound, an upright cluster, or a tall mound of large leaves. Leaf shape is another area that varies. Most are almost heart-shaped, while some are long and narrow. Others are almost round in shape. Color is what separates Hostas from any other plant. Not only do they come in just about any shade of green to yellow, but in combinations or variegations of the colors.
There are a few Hostas that don't mind being in the sun, most will not do well if they are not in at least partial shade. Most prefer to be in the shade all day, except maybe a little morning sun. Generally, the lighter the leaves, the less sun they can handle. Sunshine will burn the leaves and detract from their beautiful color. Of course there are exceptions to every rule. Hostas like to be grown in moist areas and if they are given enough moisture, they can handle a little more sun.
With all the beautiful foliage that Hostas have, they also put up flower stalks in summer that can attract a passing hummingbird. Most Hostas have light purple flowers that can be up to 2" long. Some Hostas have white flowers that are usually more scented and some of them can be up to 4" long or longer. Depending on the variety, flowers can be rather insignificant, but on others they are a real bonus.
We grow over 40 different named varieties of Hosta in our yard. Most are not full grown yet since they can take several years to mature. Others, like the minis, just get fuller each year. About 12 or more are available for sale, unless they get bought up. There are limited quantities available. Take a look at some of the yard pictures to see some of our Hostas.
Blaze of Glory, Minuteman, Bressingham Blue, Pineapple Upsidedown Cake, Fire Island, Designer Genes, Praying Hands, plantaginea, Shade Fanfare, August Moon, Dream Queen, Francee, Stained Glass, American Halo, Abiqua Drinking Gourd and several others.
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