Wednesday, May 9, 2012
My Favorite Hostas
Hostas are a must have shade garden plant. Having as much shade as I do you know I have hostas. I guess I probably have about 30 cultivars growing in Tiger Gardens. Each year I get ambitious and try to document them all. And each year I fail miserably because trying to identify them is just a pain in the a#$. I just don't have the time or the need to really know what is what. Lately I have gotten better with labeling hostas as I plant them though so maybe one day I'll know all the cultivars, maybe not.
At one time I did know what cultivar the above hosta is but it, like a lot of information, has slipped from my mind. I know this is a fragrant hosta that has wonderful blooms in mid-late summer. This hosta is huge and does not fade away in the garden when the summer really gets hot. If anyone recognizes it please chime in and tell me what you think it might be. I think it is 'Guacamole' but I am not sure. It is an excellent hosta!
I mention the above hosta because it is a hosta that is not only large and fragrant, but it stays looking good all season long. The problem with most hostas here in my gardens is that many of them emerge looking great in the spring only to fade away to ratty looking barely there plants come July or August. What fun is that in a shade garden? So, despite hostas being a must have shade garden plant they are a plant I do not ever go out of my way to buy or to plant. The ones I have are divided and spread around and I satisfy my need for hostas in this way. There is however a very wonderful hosta that I thought I would share with you all besides the above one.
I have no doubt about the cultivar of this wonderful hosta; it is 'Christmas Tree'. This hosta is my most favorite hosta for its vigor, its good looks, and its ability to stay looking good all season long with no care from me. I started with a few pots years ago but have worked hard to spread this hosta around to all of the gardens. 'Christmas Tree' is a large hosta that has substantial leaves which I think helps it to stay looking good during the summer.
There are a few more hostas I have luck with in Tiger Gardens but they will have to wait until I identify them and that might not be for a long time....
in the garden....
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