Hostas are appreciated for their decorative foliage, strongly ribbed, often colored, which can be opulent or small depending on the variety. They also offer a beautiful summer flowering of small mauve or pale pink bells.
Hostas are happy everywhere except in the scorching sun. It is the ideal plant where nothing grows! In northern exposure, in dimly lit corners… Planted as ground cover, they will bring color and light to shady places.
The small hostas are well highlighted at the edge of the beds that they delimit with their generous foliage. The larger species go well with perennials or even shrubs. So you will opt for mini or maxi formats depending on your project.
The leaves appear quite late each spring, they are delicately rolled up on themselves in the shape of a cone. In July, non-leafy stems are adorned with small white, pink or purple bells, sometimes deliciously scented. They can last up to eight weeks.
In fall, the leaves take on a beautiful golden hue before disappearing completely in winter.
Hosta: for shade balconies
Most of hostas give excellent results in pots. Smaller varieties can accompany impatiens and tuberous begonias in shady window boxes.
The larger shapes will succeed alone in a 30cm square tub.
A good geranium soil is suitable. Avoid setting up your hostas too close to a white wall, as reflected light can cause severe foliage burns.
Hosta: a hardy plant
Since hostas are all from China or Japan, where they grow in damp undergrowth, or on the rocky banks of streams, they will need to be given the natural freshness they appreciate. A deep, humid, slightly peaty soil will be perfect.
A contribution of well decomposed organic matter is ideal. Growth is quite fast: the plant is adult in five years. Its only enemy: the slugs which feast on its foliage. Protect them with specific granules.
Finally, buy preferably already well developed plants in containers rather than young plants whose recovery can be difficult.