Thursday, August 18, 2016

HOSTAS UNDER TREES, INSPIRATION THURSDAY

Every Thursday, we like to post a picture of something we've found online that inspires us to do something similar at the farm.  
Sort of our own blog bulletin board so that we can eventually look back and, hopefully anyway, recreate it...enjoy!

Hostas under a tree, image courtesy of Chron.com
I'm always looking for ideas for future projects and there is a tree area I'm clearing (was clearing before the hellish Summer heat hit).  And once it's cleared, I need to figure out a plan.  I think planting in shade always produces its own challenges but from what I've read (and finding pictures like this), Hostas are a great choice for shade and they also grow well down here in these parts.  I'd like to eventually plant something that will just grow and maybe multiply and fill in.  Just getting ideas for the "shopping list". 

Any hosta fans?

Be inspired!


15 comments:

Dawn McHugh said...

I love Hostas and have a small collection of them growing in a shady area unfortunately slugs and snails love them too

Karen said...

Love Hostas. I used them to dress up the base of trees because they will grow in very shady areas. Don't have any now, left them at my last house.

carol pavlik said...

If you plant hostas pla e a ring of play sand around them. Slugs wont cross.

Practical Parsimony said...

I love Hostas, but my slugs must not like them. Oh, there are a few bites out of the leaves here and there, but nothing distressing. I divide my Hosta to have more. Plant Hosta at least four feet apart. That's four feet from their bases not the leaves. I have no idea when to do so, but Hosta divide very well. The easiest time to divide them is when the stems are just showing out of the ground. That way you don't chop their leaves or fight to keep them from the shovels' cutting. However, I have divided them at every season and stage of their growth. You just cannot make them look shabby no matter what you do.

My friend has about 200 ft of Hosta that started from one plant. They line her circular driveway. I divide them any time I take a notion to do so.

I put lots of them in pots and move them about. We get enough rain that I rarely water the ones in pots. When I do water, I just slop a pint of water right in the middle of the plant.

Some are rated as slug-resistant. So, there is that aid.

A friend was tearing out all his Hosta and gave me some. Another friend decided hosta was too pedestrian for her taste and dug it all up, giving me some. I have never paid for one!

anne marie in philly said...

I have hosta under my weeping cherry tree. the deer consider this "the salad bar".

Tonya @ My Cozy Little Farmhouse said...

ha, that sucks!

Colleen said...

I enjoy hosta's as well but no shade here so no place to plant any. I do like seeing an array of color variety planted like your photo They add a nice touch of texture as well as great color. Beautiful combined with other shade loving plants

Nathan Schmidt said...

I love hostas and have many varieties, but this year I have two that are so large from the heat, humidity, and rain they are the size of bushes. The one is larger than my hydrangea bushes that it is between. They are easy to grow and propagate.

1st Man said...

Oooh, I'll have to watch for the and snails. Thanks! And good to know they like shade!

1st Man said...

Thanks, I've got them on the shopping list!!

1st Man said...

Great idea. Thanks!!

1st Man said...

So it sounds like they multiply well. That's good to know. Thanks for all this info.

1st Man said...

Well that does suck. Sorry. We have deer, rarely but we do. I'll have to remember that.

1st Man said...

Thanks for the info, we definitely have shade areas so hopefully it will work.

1st Man said...

Really? We have heat/humidity and LOTS of rain on occasion. I will remember this. Maybe we'll get some big ones too. Thanks!!!