Fly With the Perennials: A Comprehensive Guide on Buying the Best Hosta Plants

Fly With the Perennials: A Comprehensive Guide on Buying the Best Hosta Plants

Fly With the Perennials: A Comprehensive Guide on Buying the Best Hosta Plants


Stories are always fascinating to hear, aren’t they? Well, these perennials of ours too have an interesting story to tell! Hosta plants have a controversy regarding the history of their cradle. They are said to be first discovered by a Japanese Westerner Englebert Kaempfer. But there is an interesting story behind it. According to recent researches, hostas are originally from the main lands of China near the East Coast.

They later on got carried to different regions all over the world. In order to adapt to the new climatological changes, they had to evolve. Evolution did its work and transported these indigenous hostas to coasts of China, Korea, regions of Russia and mainly over Japan.

Dr Englebert Kaemfer was a doctor of Deshima, Japan, a land of strict isolation. He was one of the first Westerner ever to witness the presence of hostas, who later went on describing and drawing its images.

But, the irony here is that we no longer have to fly with these heavenly perennials because they can now be brought to our doorsteps within minutes!

Hostas, what am I?

“A kiss of sun for pardon. The song of birds for mirth. One is closer to God in a garden than anywhere else on the earth”. What could be more delightful than kneeling in the mud, pulling out weeds, with the soft spring sunshine on your back? A garden plays a vital role in making a house home. One such role is played by the class of ornamental plants, hostas.

Hostas are incredibly versatile perennials that can brighten any garden with endless variations of colours, sizes and shapes.

Why Hostas?

Hostas are incredibly versatile plants as previously noted above but also because of the large range of colors and leaf shapes they offer. Hostas come in multiple variations of blue, green, gold, white and even red.

Hostas are very popular landscape plants that are grown mainly for their attractive, lush foliage. Clump sizes can be as small as 2-3 inches tall and as tall as 4 feet. Hosta leaves come in a wide range of sizes, shapes and forms. Just look at the number of adjectives used to describe hosta leaves and clumps on our website.

From giant to miniature, cupped, flat, heart-shaped, lance-shaped, vase-shaped, corrugated, deeply veined, folded, rippled, glaucous, misted, streaked and twisted to name a few. A good hosta garden has a never-ending array of colours and attributes.

I love when you talk to someone about hostas and their reply is, “Oh, those green and white things?” These people have no idea of the magnitude to what the species of hosta is capable of!


One of the most spectacular feature of hosta plants is that they exhibit variegation in every possible way. Discover the amazing variety of forms, colors and textures available in different types of hostas. This incredible group of perennials features more than 8,000 named cultivars. There’s definitely a hosta to please every single gardener.

The many different hosta varieties originally came from roughly 40 hosta species native to China, Japan and the islands of South Korea.

Of the most common hostas, some of them can be enlisted as follows:

  • Blue Angel Hosta
  • Blue Mouse ears Hosta
  • Fire Island Hosta
  • Blue Mammoth Hosta
  • Krossa Regal Hostas
  • Undulata Hosta

How and When to Plant Hostas:

A blissful garden comes with great combinations of planting plants. Two hostas that are close together should complement each other. Consider putting a solid-coloured hosta next to a variegated hosta that is similar in color. For example, place a yellow hosta next to a yellow-variegated hosta, a green hosta next to a green-and-white-variegated hosta, and a blue hosta next to a blue and yellow hosta.

Avoid planting a bold, white-variegated hosta near a solid yellow or yellow variegated hosta as the bright colours will compete. Plant them away from each other and surround them with green or blue hostas and other plants with soothing colours and foliage.

Not sure when to plant hostas? The good news is that timing isn’t too critical. Most gardeners tackle planting hostas in the spring or fall. In spring, you can plant bare root or potted hosta plants. Be sure to soak bare root hostas in water for a few hours before planting.

For fall planting, you’ll probably use potted hostas. You can often find potted hostas on discount at garden centres in early fall. The trick with fall-planted hostas is timing. Aim to be planting hostas several weeks before the soil freezes. This gives plants plenty of time to sink roots before harsh weather arrives.

Ideal Conditions for Planting Hostas:

Hostas prefer well-drained soil that is slightly acidic, but thrive even in our alkaline clay soil. If the hosta is root-bound in the container, tease the roots loose before planting. Use a root stimulator solution at the time of planting to encourage root growth, then mulch to a depth of 1″ to 1-1/2″.

Always water hostas deeply. Hosta roots can grow as much as 18 inches deep or more, so shallow watering won’t reach these deep roots and the plants will perform poorly. Water the plants deeply so all of the roots remain moist.

Though they are considered shade-tolerant plants, most will not thrive if grown in deep shade. Many hostas are more vigorous and will show best colours when given some exposure to sun, such as morning sun with afternoon shade.

When Do Hostas Bloom?

Do hosta plants have flowers? Yes, they do. Hosta plants grow flowers, and some are lovely and fragrant. But hosta plants are known for their gorgeous overlapping leaves, not for hosta plant flowers.

Other gardeners find the flowers charming and prefer to leave them on. In fact, some hostas are bred primarily for their colourful and/or fragrant flowers. Once the blooms have faded, cut the flowers stalks off near the base so the foliage can disguise the cut end of the stalk.

Hosta plant flowering can be a very fancy affair. The plants flower in summer, offering spikes of blossoms that look like lilies, in shades of lavender or white. The bell-shaped blooms can be showy and exceptionally fragrant attracting hummingbirds and bees.

Fellow Appendages:

Hostas aren’t just rejuvenating and beautiful but friendly as well. They welcome a wide variety of other plants growing beside them. Few of them can be enlisted as follows:

  • Astilbe
  • Baptisia (false or wild indigo)
  • Bellflower (campanula)
  • Bleeding heart
  • Dianthus (carnation, pinks, sweet William)
  • Geranium
  • Lysimachia (loosestrife)
  • Pulmonaria (lungwort)

Wouldn’t such a garden look more of a paradise?

Watching it Grow: From Dormancy to Full Bloom

By seed and by root division.

Some cultivars of hosta are sterile and do not produce viable seeds. However, the vast majority produce perfectly good seeds which you may plant. You should be aware that, unless you go through some special steps, the seeds you harvest from your garden will produce hostas with the basic leaf colors of green, yellow or blue. Even if the parent plants were variegated, you will rarely get a variegated seedling.

So right choice of seeds and proper care should be taken to nurture baby hosta saplings into ravishing lush of foliage.

Check out the cascading steps involved in hosta reproduction

Steps to Protect Your Hostas from Trespassers & Slugs:

  • Although it can be a little burn in your pocket, building up a proper fence is one of the simplest and convenient ways of keeping deer away.
  • Deer repellents such as Liquid Fence have been found to consistently work to keep unwanted deer out of problem areas. Liquid Fence is a repellent that you spray directly on your hostas.
  • Here’s how to get rid of slugs on hostas, we can use eggshells – crush them up and place them around your hostas. Slugs won’t crawl over eggshells because the sharp edges cut them.
  • Beer traps – take a small shallow container (cottage cheese container cut down to an inch works great) and bury it to ground level next to your hostas. Then, fill it with beer. Slugs are very attracted to beer and will fall into the trap and drown.
  • Epsom salts – place a ring of the salts around your hostas. The slugs won’t go near it!
  • Plant slug resistant hostas – Some hostas have thicker leaves that are much harder for slugs to eat.

As a matter of fact, hosta leaves are edible quite often. Although mostly they are grown for ornamental purposes, they are cultivated as vegetables in many Asian countries.

However, hostas are toxic to dogs, cats, and horses due to the saponins contained in the plant. Symptoms include vomiting and diarrhoea.

We Dig your Gardening Demands:

Make your dream of a beautiful outdoor space come true:

Hostas are very forgiving plants that will grow in areas where other landscape plants fear to tread. Growing hostas is something that can be done successfully even by those new to gardening and by those who proclaim to lack a green thumb.

Hostas for Sale from the Best Hosta Nursery in Vermont. For more information call Green Mountain Hosta in Vermont at 802-348-6368.

Your plants will arrive in the same healthy condition as when they were shipped. We also guarantee that all plants are true to name. Your satisfaction is important.


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