Posted: 21/05/2015 at 09:32
Several years ago we had all the old farmyard tarmac removed from the front of our south facing house to reveal the old cobbled road that had been laid with small 3" to 4" granite pavers at the turn of the 1900s. Between that and the house was a mix of larger cobbles dating back 250 years and some sandy gaps where we made a 7m x 4 metre raised bed which we filled with imported soil and a truck load of farmyard manure form our riding school neighbours.
I then toddled off to visit Diana Grenfell's nursery to buy a whole load of hostas that can cope with sun and some grasses for contrast. They did so well I ended up taking the whole lot out 3 years later and putting them in pots or the back garden and selling spare divisions at charity sales. The labels are long gone but I know I have Sum and Substance, Naegato and Gold Edger in there along with a dozen others bought at thesame time and newer ones added since.
They are all now in shade or semi shade with full sun for just a part of the day. I find the white and cream variegations are stable but the yellow/gold ones change each year depending on how sunny and dry a spring we have.
I love them all anyway for their form, colour and texture from all the different shapes and sizes and thicknesses of their leaves. The trick is to be vigilant with bio friendly slug pellets from early spring to catch the perishers as they emerge from hibernation or hatch from eggs and before they feast and breed on my treasures.