Hosta in the shadow of the house
I have a dark triangular shaped corner of the house where only shade loving plants will grow. I've been doing some investiaging and have come up with several good species to use at this site. Of course Hosta comes to mind immediately. Hosta comes in many varieties. In New England you see it everywhere as it loves moisture and shade. Some have leaves that are small, curly and variegated while others have wide, broad leaves and a single shade of green. Hosta grows from spring till fall, then will die off during the winter. They are great to share with family and friends because they are easy to divide. This is best done in the spring and if replanted in good soil and they will thrive. There is not much you can do to kill off these plants.
The down side is that Hostas are notoriously a favourite food for deer, slugs and snails, which commonly cause extensive damage to hosta collections in gardens. However, the hosta makes up for this failing by sending up stalks of lovely lily like flowers that come in a variety of colors from white to blue. There are as many as 45 varieties and the plant is used for food in Japan where it originated.
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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at February 8, 2011 7:35 AM