Hosta plants offer foliage that spreads wide, along with miniature types that scale small.
Mature species can grow as giant as 96″ across and 60″ tall, with smaller versions that can be as tiny as 2″ tall and 4″ to 6″ wide.
Miniature hostas plants are great for walkways and paths, rock gardens and container planting.
The larger species in rows can completely fill a flower bed, or even offer a replacement for shrubbery during their season.
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Both the small and large hostas varieties offer clues to their size by their names.
Some of the larger hosta names include Bigga Luigi (as big as 25″ H x 80″ W), Big Daddy (as big as 25″ H x 66″ W), King Size (as big as 48″ H x 84″ W) and my favorite, Empress Wu (as big as 60″ H x 96″ W), with leaves can than can span as large as 25″ across!
Smaller plants include names such as Baby Booties (as small as 5″ H x 19″ W), Bitsy Gold (as small as 8″ H x 21″ W) and Blue Mouse Ears (as small as 8″ H x 12″ W).
The hosta plant pictured above has been with me for over four years and was transplanted from my old house as a container plant.
She was previously planted in full sun. This year she is planted in a part shady area where she has experienced her largest blooms thus far— and it’s only May!
I have three Golden Tiara Hostas in my garden (pictured above).
Hostas are also differentiated by their leaf color and thickness.
Snails and slugs are common perpetrators to the leaves of this plant.
The thicker and more blue-color the leaves, the more texture and resistance to these little predators.
I’ve used this pet-safe bait HERE to ward off these damaging leaf eaters.
Hostas leaf colors are available in shades of blue, gold, chartreuse, streaked and multi-color patterns. There’s even a white leaf hosta known as Feather White.
Some hostas produce a long stem of purple or lavender blooms during their season. I’ve been rewarded with as many as 3-4 blooms from my plants during the spring and summer months each year!
It’s definitely worth a trip to your local garden store to discover the vast array of hostas plants available.
My local garden store of choice is McDonald Garden Center, where I can even find hostas that produce fragrant flowers!
3 tips to get pesky snails and slugs to go away!
1. Treat for snails and slugs (product details HERE) throughout spring & summer and into the fall when their egg-laying season is occurring.
2. Bury an empty tuna or cat food can filled with beer, attracting the pests to the beer instead of your plants.
3. Create a circle of crushed egg shells around your hostas to deter snails & slugs.
The above picture was taken this May 2017. At this time, only one of the three Golden Tiara Hostas in my garden are producing blooms.
If you have a shady place in your garden and can commit to providing a daily dose of hydration, it will be hard to beat the easy personality and low maintenance of a hosta plant.
5 tips for growing hostas
1. Water every other day in the spring & daily in the summer months.
2. Feed every two weeks (my favorite plant feed HERE).
3. Plant in a place where there is full to partial shade.
4. Trim all the way down during the fall months (buds return in the spring).
5. During more sever winter weather, cover each trimmed away, vacant hosta space with hay.
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