It is a flowering plant, producing spikes of lily-like flowers in lavender or white, but it is more valued for its attractive, showy foliage. Hostas can be found in a variety of colours, including: green, blue-green, and yellow, with many varieties being variegated. Leaves also come in a variety of shapes and sizing, ranging from heart-shaped leaves to sword shaped. The flowering period is from July to August. Plants can grow to be 6 inches to 3 feet in height.
Hosta is one of those plants that can be found in just about every garden! It is a hardy perennial that loves the shade and does best in cool conditions. As the foliage colour tend to fade if exposed to too much sun, hosta is usually planted underneath shrubs and trees as borders. They can also be used as a groundcover. They are easy to grow and can tolerate just about any soil, but does best in moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Space plants about 2 feet apart. Water and fertilize regularly to promote lush, green foliage. Deadhead faded blooms. Divide clumps late in the spring.
The only issue is that hostas can be prone to slugs. But not to worry! Here are some natural ways to get rid of those pests.
Hosta leaves are popular fillers for floral arrangements. They are versatile and easy to work with.
Climate Zones: 3-9
Fun Flower Facts about the Hosta:
- Hostas are named after Dr. Nicholaus Host, a physician to the emperor of Austria.
- Hostas are edible and some varieties are grown as a leaf vegetable and are especially popular in Japanese cuisine.