Hosta Heaven: Best-Selling Perennials In North America


If you have not tried to take a hostage, now is the time to do it. If you have many plants in your garden, you must have more plants. Trust me. Millions of gardeners also can’t be wrong.

Among the best-selling shrubs in North America, hostages range from miniatures of less than two inches to many with very large leaves the size of horse heads and colored stones over five feet tall. This plant is planted as an individual specimen, as a companion to other plants or as an entire garden hostage and attracts attention and does not want much for it.

Where else can you find plants that will enhance the architecture of your garden and contain so many different and interesting leaf descriptions? They come in hairy, rough, oval, brightly colored, with irregular borders, heart-shaped, sharp points, flour, very bumpy and tangled. From dark green to almost white and from yellow to saturated gold. Although not known for its flowers, many oppressive flowers bloom with the beauty of almost all other plants.

The two best properties of hostages – and the reasons why they are so widespread – are shade tolerance and ease of care. Just think of these planting tips and you will head to the beautiful collection of your own host:

Here in Vermont, when the snow melts, we clean all the remnants of autumn before we see signs of new growth. When the first leaves begin to break down, we fertilize with Epsom salt in quantities of 5 ounces to 5 gallons of water. We mulch our garden with our host with one centimeter of chopped maple leaves from last fall. This helps maintain moisture in the summer and, over time, contributes to the organic composition of the soil. Throughout the summer we provide additional water mixed with fish emulsions.

Hosta Heaven: Best-Selling Perennials In North America

Raising large hostages is not without challenges. Deer and snails would rather eat hostages than admire them like us. To combat deer, we use a latex leaf spray called Tree Guards, which is used during the growing season. Contains agents with a very bitter taste and aroma that is reminiscent of scents. Available online and in larger kindergartens and garden centers. Areas with higher deer densities require control efforts over strong fences. The summer of 2004 on PPP had done a great job of covering the length of deer control methods.

When dealing with resins, the controls vary from organic to chemical. Among our hostages, we use coarse sand, oyster shells, diatomaceous earth and coffee with varying degrees of success. Any control program must begin in early spring before the first signs of growth.

With Hosta varieties, the sky is the limit. Our personal Hosta collection includes more than 400 varieties, but like many gardeners, our obsession is lost in numbers. We often want to mention our favorite names and that’s almost impossible – it usually depends on the host I last saw. However, here are five good choices that offer a variety of shows and uses in the park:

1) ‘Halcyon’ – a medium blue bet that you need to remember to maintain a good color even in the sun more than you care about. Over time, this host will shrink up to 30 inches with almost white stripes up to 22 inches. These are planted right on the border or in places where visitors stop looking and are eye catchers.


2) “Tokudama Flavocircinalis” – At the end of this factory there is a reluctance to increase its size, but in four years it will definitely be worth the wait. The leaf of this plant is medium blue with a wide and irregular yellow border that turns blue again. The flower group is located just above the leaf. Plant with a bright color and the color will be stronger.

3) “Regal Splendor” – Although new hostages are very reliably registered every year, some old varieties have properties that cannot be forgotten. “Regal Splendor” is a sport and cultural sport from “Krossa Regal”. The leaves from “Splendor” give a creamy white-blue appearance from the “Krossa Regal” edge. Vase shapes and high color lines make it very useful to expand the dimensions of your landscape.

4) “Little Sunspot” – This is a little sport “Little Aurora” and shares the ability to look planted well near the border. Little Sunspot leaves have a yellow center that is rich in dark green fields and a mixture of yellow to green. As the season progresses, yellow becomes a tiara and the game becomes clearer. Looks bigger and more complex than they really are.

5) H. montana “Aureomarginata” – Big and spectacular, this cascading host becomes more and more extraordinary each year. Dark green leaves have a golden-yellow-beige-white edge and stripes in the middle of the leaf. The shiny layer draws you closer. Here in Vermont it rises early in the spring and is guaranteed to be hit by snow several times. But on this trip, he grew quickly.

George Afrika and his wife Gale own the Vermont Flower Garden in Marshfield, Vt., Which is displayed on page 80. They offer more than 140 varieties of hosts for sale and can answer questions by calling 802-426-3505, sending an email to or online at They also recommend as the best website and gallery with Hosta.

• Hosts are shade-tolerant, but like many plants, different varieties need different amounts of sun and shade to function properly.

• Hosta grows best in rich, loose soil with a pH of around 6.

• Successful host breeders say with good reason that the best fertilizer is water. Therefore, keep the soil slightly moist from spring to autumn. This is especially true for young plants.

• Patient! Attractive colored leaves and stones need a well-developed root system. You can get started quickly if you buy field crops with an adult root system, but even if you buy young seeds in containers, you have to smile until the third year.


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