Bring Therapy Home – The 5 Best Hosta Plants You Need to Have in Your Garden Right Now
With enough number of studies out there to prove how therapeutic gardening can get, it is about time you start this as a habit. You don’t have to have a huge gardening space, you can start off small – for instance, with Hosta plants, also known as Hostas. These plants are not only low maintenance, but also offer a lush foliage that keeps your surroundings a lot greener.
Hosta Plants – a Little History
Originating in the Oriental (Asian) regions, the Hosta plants made their way into Europe in the 1700s. Today, as you would have noticed, they come in different variations – from their leaf sizes to their textures. Though it is said that taking care of Hosta plants is easy, you should know a little bit about them to help these plants grow to their full potential.
Hostas generally grow in shaded forests, which have rich soils. Though, there are only a few species that can be found growing at home on rock walls or steep slopes. One glances at the Hostas, you’ll find variegations bred onto them.
Variegations in the Hostas typically occur on the leaves and the stem, which have differently colored zones on them. You can readily recognize a Hosta by just looking and noticing it once. But, this is comparatively different when it comes to Hostas that are grown in the wild. These plants don’t exhibit these rich variegations.
Now, let’s go a little deeper into the common kind of Hosta plants that you can have at home:
One look at a Giant Hosta, and it is sure to bewitch you into its charm. Giant Hostas cultivars exceed to an impressive height of 30 inches, in the least. You can even find them growing up to 48 inches in height and 6 ft in width. Yes, you can now gasp by just reading this bit of trivia on Giant Hostas.
Also known as Dwarf hostas, Mini Hostas are popular choices for homes with smaller gardens. You can use them in troughs, mixed pots, and even plant them in a garden amongst larger Hostas. Thanks to its small size, you can thoroughly enjoy their total confrontation.
Planting them around large Hostas can enhance the beauty of your garden as this can bring out the textual contrast among these plants. If you’ve decided to mix them up with large Hostas, you need to make sure that Mini Hostas are not deprived of sunlight.
You might have read somewhere in a blog or a magazine that Hostas are shade plants. This is not entirely true. These plants require partial shade. What we mean by this is that a few of the Hostas need a period of full sun to grow fully up to their potential.
If you have a semi-shady spot at home or if you have a spot that receives sunlight, you don’t have to worry too much about hampering the Hosta plant’s growth. Sun Tolerant Hostas can handle more sun than the other Hostas. But, what you need to ensure is that soil is appropriate for the plant’s growth and it gets watered regularly, for adequate moisture.
Slugs! That tough-skinned terrestrial mollusc in your garden – quite a pesky creature. A slug also secrete mucus on the surface for its own protection. These are considered to be serious plant pests. There are a few Hostas out there that are more slug resistant that the others.
These resistant variety of Hostas have thicker leaves that make it difficult for slugs to attack. Though these are somewhat resistant to slugs, they can still be prone to attacks from slugs. So, you need to take a few smart steps to ensure slugs don’t ruin your hostas.
For instance, you could place a saucer with beer near the plants. This will act like a bait for slugs. You need to ensure that the soil comes up to the top edge of the pot, so the slugs can crawl themselves into the saucer and drown themselves in.
This type of Hosta has to do with the coloration and gradation. These Hostas have streaks or spots with dark or light backgrounds. All you have to do is look at them to know they are quite eccentric. These plants might even pique your interest with its textured and oddly-patterned leaves and stem. You can even find a Hosta that is twisted and curled up and might even look unlike a normal plant.
As the saying goes – Beauty is in the eye of beholder – these Hosta plants are a demonstration of this saying.