is no perennial more useful in so many parts
of the garden. It is a great plant for a shady
situation. It looks good along the front of
a wide mixed shrub and perennial border. They
will soon fill a large patio container with
their bold leaves overhanging the rim.
in the bog garden or close to a pond or stream
they quickly become established with their large
leaves forming summer ground cover.
prefer a shaded situation in a moist, free-draining,
foliage ranges in colour from light green through
deep green and blue-green to deep blue. Green
leaves with cream or yellow margins or splashes
of variegation through the leaf are particularly
attractive when they are planted in a woodland
white or pale blue flowers appear on long stems
in early summer. They are seldom spectacular
but although short lived they do add height
and interest to a large clump.
and snails love hostas. They can destroy whole
leaves in an evening. The leaves are, at best,
full of holes or devoured down to the main veins.
varieties such as ‘Sum and Substance’
have pale green-yellow, metallic-like leaves
and are practically immune to slugs and snails.
Baiting and trapping with slug pellets works
but use them sparingly. It is a waste to scatter
them at a density closer than 10 cm apart. Container
grown hostas may be made safe by smearing the
rim of the container with Vaseline. They will
refuse to move through the barrier. You may
win the battle but, with these pests, in the
long run you will still lose the war.
easiest form of propagation is by division in
early spring. Split large clumps retaining 1-2
growth buds on each small, rooted portion. Pot
them up in a soil based compost for a season
before planting them out in their permanent
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