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26/05/2014 at 19:25

Some people have asked me to show some of my favourite hostas. Here are a few , but by no means all my current faves.


undulata medio variegata


St Elmo's Fire


Raspberry Ripple

Praying Hands

Krossa Regal ( with ground elder)

Jurassic Park. 2 years after buying in a 9cm pot.

Great Expectations

Gingko Craig


Formal Attire

First Frost


27/05/2014 at 07:27

Gorgeous hostas.  How do you stop the slugs?

27/05/2014 at 08:12

encourage blackbirds and frogs and , if you're lucky, hedgehogs. I hardly ever use pellets: only if there is a particularly attacked area.The bottle I have is about 3 years old.

27/05/2014 at 08:15

I love the praying hands in fact I've just ordered one



27/05/2014 at 08:42

I've had praying hands for about 4 years, as you can see, it's a bit slow to bulk up, but such a good unusual form.

27/05/2014 at 08:47

They look fabulous. Do all hostas need shade? 

27/05/2014 at 20:43

those beds are on a South facing slope with no shade at all, apart from the edge closest to the hedge which gets shade from about 3 pm.

27/05/2014 at 21:25

I have always believed that hostas prefer to be in a shady spot but yours are clearly thriving in the sunshine. Am I mistaken or are there some that are happy in the sunshine and some that really wouldn't be happy at all. Are you choosing very carefully? I have a small area that is covered in gravel that is in the sunshine most of the day. I would love to have a collection of hostas in pots but have assumed that they would either die or sulk. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

27/05/2014 at 21:55

I buy the varieties which take my fancey. As a general rule, white variegated need more shade than yellow variegated. yellows can turn a bit green if too much shade, whites can scorch if too hot. I've found those in pots on the terrace can suffer, but I suspect it's the heat radiating off the concrete slabs. My guess is a nice cool moist root run helps a lot.

Give them a decent size pot and keep them well watered Scott. "suck it and see" as they say.

27/05/2014 at 22:01

Thanks Hostafan for your advice, I think I might be asking for a few nice pots for my birthday and then slowly build up a collection. I can already see it looking fabulous in my minds eye. How exciting!

27/05/2014 at 22:05

I do confess to being a bit of an addict, but I have one simple rule: I only buy what I like. I'd never buy a new one just because I didn't already have it. With so many new varieties, let alone all those around now, I reckon I'll keep buying more.

27/05/2014 at 22:09

 Big Daddy.

Not sure why I missed this one out in original selection. Compare the size with the secateurs in the foreground.

28/05/2014 at 04:24

Got them   Wow, that's a fantastic selection and in such brilliant shape.  Thanks so much for posting them.  Big Daddy really is aptly named! 

28/05/2014 at 07:29

Thanks Charley D: that's a clump of 3 smallish plants , planted almost exactly 2 years ago this month.

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