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Monday, January 6, 2020

The Versatility of Hostas!


Hostas are not only beautiful, they come in a large variety of leaf colors, sizes and shapes.


But did you know that hostas are so versatile that there are other advantages to adding hostas in your garden other than their beauty? 


Here's just a few!



Hostas as Ground Covers


    Hostas can be planted en masse for an attractive ground cover to soften walls, corners, pavers, sidewalks, driveways, shrubs and tall perennials.  They add beautiful curb appeal to your front yard.


    The best hostas suited for use as ground covers are ones with the follow attributes:


    •  Less than 8" in height.
    •  Low-maintenance.
    •  Fast growing.
    •  Blankets the bare ground with minimal fuss.
    •  Smothers out the weeds beneath.
    •  Keeps a tidy appearance through the season. 

    Here at Sunset Hosta Farm.com we grow and sell a number of hostas that make great ground covers.  See them by clicking here.





    Hostas as the Perfect Partner!


    Hostas are the perfect complement plant for other perennials. A hosta's earthy leaf color won't clash with a neighboring perennial's color or bloom which makes hostas the perfect partner perennial plant.





    Hostas for Weed Control


    Once established, hostas are a great weed barrier.  They will smother out weeds as they grow and spread.


    If you plant hostas for their ability to squeeze out the weeds, your best bet is to buy a fast-growing hosta.  

    Here's a list of hostas that are known to grow faster than others.  To see them, click here.





    Hostas for Soil Erosion Control


    Plants that are best to control soil erosion are low-maintenance plants that grow at moderate to fast speeds, thrive in both shade and full sun (depending on the climate), and establish strong, sprawling root systems that give soil staying power.


    Hostas sure fit the bill.  If they're planted on a slope, their roots will spread then knit together to help stop soil erosion.




    Hostas as House Plants


    With the sheer amount of beautiful hosta varieties available, it’s no wonder that so many people want to have them grace their indoor spaces as well as outdoor. 


    Indoor hostas will need more care than those happily planted in the ground outdoors.  To read an indepth article on growing hostas indoors as houseplants, click here.



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    If you're new to hostas, feel free to read our Ultimate Guide to Hostas, a hostas 101 article, with detailed information about everything hostas!  To read it, click here.

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