Information on Hostas


Landscapers and gardeners have an affinity towards hosta, a perennial plant that grows under nearly any condition and has beautiful foliage. Originally from Asia, hosta came to the United States in the middle of the 19th century.

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Hostas vary in size depending on what type they are; some are as small as 3-4 inches wide while others grow to 8 feet in diameter.


The leaves of hosta come in colors such as green, gold, yellow and blue. Variegated leaves are common in many species of hosta, with a combination of light and dark colors interspaced on the same foliage.


The flowers of a hosta bloom on long spikes that extend upwards from the plant. These flowers resemble lilies and can be lavender to white


While hosta can survive in shady spots most kinds need some sun and will do poorly in complete shade settings. Morning sun and shade in the afternoon is the ideal scenario for hosta.


Landscapers often will plant hosta along with such types of flowers as tulips, crocus, daffodils and forget-me-nots. Hosta also goes well with plants like ferns, begonias and impatiens.


Hostas require at least one inch of watering each week, with the morning the best time to water one. Drooping leaves on a hosta are a sign that the plant needs water.


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