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Hosta pot display


Hostas reign supreme when it comes to striking foliage. All hostas look great in containers, but for something a little more unusual, try Hosta nigrescens. Its upright habit makes an eye-catching patio feature.
Plant it: May - June
At its best: June - August
Takes just: 30 minutes

How to do it:

Hosta container display - putting crocks in the base of a container

1Choose a container that suits the shape of your plant and put crocks in the base for drainage.

Hosta container display - adding layer of pebbles

2Add a layer of pebbles or gravel to improve drainage and add weight in order to stabilise the pot.

Hosta container display - adding compost

3Pour in a layer of loam-based compost. This will provide nutrition for long periods and add weight to the pot.

Hosta container display - placing hosta plant in the pot

4Water the plant well, remove it from its pot and pop it into its new container. The rootball should sit just below the rim.

Hosta container display - filling the pot with compost around the hosta plant

5Fill around the rootball with compost, pushing it down firmly until it is level with the top of the rootball. Water regularly, adding a liquid feed every week from late spring through to late summer.

Hosta container display - adding a layer of pebbles

6Cover the compost and any gaps between the leaves with pebbles or ornamental mulch, then water thoroughly.

Adam's tip

Choose a large, heavy terracotta or ceramic pot for greater stability.
Plant a single hosta in a pot. A single plant will produce a more pleasing shape than a group of small ones.

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chezkaty 24/11/2011 at 15:27

how tolerant is a hosta to very cold winters ie -15 degrees c