Hosta: Number 8 in a Garden Photo Series

Hosta blooms happiness!
Hosta blooms happiness! | Source
Variegated hosta shine!
Variegated hosta shine! | Source

Hosta Might Have Huge Foliage


Or it might have leaves as tiny as a mouse's ear!
Either way, you can enjoy growing hosta indoors or out.

It is an easy plant to take care of in your home or garden and it will multiply quickly, giving you many plants to use and share in return for a home at your house!

This spring’s weather was a little sneaky. With an unseasonably cool start, our southern spring enticed us outdoors for a several weeks and gave us some extra time with early season plants.

My hosta sprouted its tips extra early giving me a chance to decided whether to move some of them before summer set in. Then, like a bandit, a heat wave hit, stopping spring in its tracks, robbing us of comfortable days and nights.

There was no gradual change, both the plants and we were hit with an intense heat that overwhelmed immediately and entrenched itself for the summer. What to do about the hosta that had gone from cold to hot overnight?!


How To Plan For A Hosta Garden?


The heat spurred fast growth and blooms in summer plants. Even my black-eyed Susans have been blooming for 2 weeks now, and some of my fall mums are beginning to bud! Needless to say, we’ve also had tremendous growth in our vines and shrubs.

Heavy plant growth this early could take all my time but I have other projects so I am letting everything but watering go for a while. Our cat loves having her own mini jungle to prowl around in and some cool overhangs to stretch out in during the heat of the day. She has surprised more than human visitors, and I think I’ve seen her smile a time or two.

Anyway, all the early growth is giving me a chance to consider some areas I want to expand. I’ve started some work in a large sunny island, but there are a couple of reasons I’m thinking of the work I need to do on a similar-sized shade island near it. The increased heat is an obvious and practical reason, but the others are just as important.

Certain hosta can take some direct light, but we lost a tree that provided shade to one stand I planted. These plants are now getting too much sun and really should be moved to my shade island. I’ve been learning about other varieties of this delightful plant and I see that some new varieties of shade hosta would provide more interest to my garden.

Besides that, I already have some of the companion plants recommended for a hosta garden. After learning more about the colors of other plants that grow well with shade hosta I think I need to increase the kinds I grow together. Having more diverse types of plants will enhance the outdoor living area that I am planning to rework.

The beauty of hosta’s foliage brings a sense of serenity to a garden space, and the blooms dance in a breeze as if their brief life is everything the world needs. I love my variegated and my solid ones equally for each is rich with foliage and bloom color. It’s going to be difficult to choose from all the varieties that are now available.


Images of My Hosta

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A Chorus of Hosta BloomsVariegated Hosta FoliageBlooms Opening UpHosta in BloomBloom Stalks can Reach HighA Hosta PartyPhotographing Open Blooms from UnderneathJoyously Reaching for the SunLavender BellsHosta Heated UpStacked Hosta BloomsDetail of Hosta BudsFrom Buds to Blooms Hosta ProgressesSunlight through Hosta PetalsA Deep Shade Hosta These Buds are Shaped DifferentlyDeeper Colors on Shade HostaLavender-Like BudsDark Green Hosta FoliageDetails on Variegated Hosta LeavesPaint-By-Number LeavesDelicate Bloom DetailsDeep Purple Behind Hosta's LavenderGracefully Bowing in a BreezeReach for the Shade on a Hot AfternoonHosta Loving the Cooler Shade
A Chorus of Hosta Blooms
A Chorus of Hosta Blooms | Source
Variegated Hosta Foliage
Variegated Hosta Foliage | Source
Blooms Opening Up
Blooms Opening Up | Source
Hosta in Bloom
Hosta in Bloom | Source
Bloom Stalks can Reach High
Bloom Stalks can Reach High | Source
A Hosta Party
A Hosta Party | Source
Photographing Open Blooms from Underneath
Photographing Open Blooms from Underneath | Source
Joyously Reaching for the Sun
Joyously Reaching for the Sun | Source
Lavender Bells
Lavender Bells | Source
Hosta Heated Up
Hosta Heated Up | Source
Stacked Hosta Blooms
Stacked Hosta Blooms | Source
Detail of Hosta Buds
Detail of Hosta Buds | Source
From Buds to Blooms Hosta Progresses
From Buds to Blooms Hosta Progresses | Source
Sunlight through Hosta Petals
Sunlight through Hosta Petals | Source
A Deep Shade Hosta
A Deep Shade Hosta | Source
These Buds are Shaped Differently
These Buds are Shaped Differently | Source
Deeper Colors on Shade Hosta
Deeper Colors on Shade Hosta | Source
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Lavender-Like Buds
Lavender-Like Buds | Source
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Source
Dark Green Hosta Foliage
Dark Green Hosta Foliage | Source
Details on Variegated Hosta Leaves
Details on Variegated Hosta Leaves | Source
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Paint-By-Number Leaves
Paint-By-Number Leaves | Source
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Delicate Bloom Details
Delicate Bloom Details | Source
Deep Purple Behind Hosta's Lavender
Deep Purple Behind Hosta's Lavender | Source
Gracefully Bowing in a Breeze
Gracefully Bowing in a Breeze | Source
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Source
Reach for the Shade on a Hot Afternoon
Reach for the Shade on a Hot Afternoon | Source
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Hosta Loving the Cooler Shade
Hosta Loving the Cooler Shade | Source

Purchasing Hosta

Photographing Hosta


This shade island has a good-sized seating area and when I get it reworked I plan to post a hub about the process and the result. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy my photos. As I was taking the last shots of my hosta they were a little shy. The conversation went something like this:

“Hello, my darlings. Thank you so much for holding on to your lovely blooms in this muggy heat.”

“Oh...you brought your camera again? Um, maybe this isn’t the best time for a photo op. We are rather stressed, you know. It’s been kind of a bad hair day. You can see that we’re sunburnt, as well, and just listen to that thunder coming close...you might get struck by lightening. Wouldn’t you like to wait until next spring when our new address is under the crepes?”

“Sweet hostas, I won’t be long. You are very beautiful, even though it is incredibly hot. Do you know that your soft fragrance is mixing with Mrs. Gardenia’s heady blooms in a most delightful manner. If you don’t mind too much, I just want to take a few more pictures to put with my hub so other people can enjoy the progress of your growth this year.”

“All right then, we know you’ll put us in our best light, but please, do explain that we have been overtaxed lately.”

“Of course I will, dear ones, and believe me, my readers understand all too well about overtaxation!”

I’ve only recently begun to think more seriously about photography. The discovery that the closeup interaction with blooming plants is a wonderful chance to enjoy their pure fragrance has given me some truly breathtaking moments. If for no other reason, you might like to try photographing blooms close up so you, too, can enjoy whiffs of dense fragrance.

Capturing the swan-like shape of the bloom stem is something I want to try again. The close up of the blooms isn’t as clear as I would have liked, but the close up of the multicolored leaves is a true representation of the variegation. In real life they look startlingly like a paint by numbers picture.


Choosing Hosta

Inspiration for Creating a Hosta Garden

On Top Of All The Other Reasons We Can Enjoy Hosta......


In Japan hosta are called ururi and are commonly eaten, but be careful if you plan to do so. While hosta are edible, they must be grown with that in mind. In other words, grown without common lawn pesticides, or other undesirables for your dinner table.

You should also know what part of the particular plant you want to eat is best to prepare as food. The whole leaf of some varieties might be used, while only the shoots or the blooms of another variety would be desirable. Study up before you decide whether to try eating hosta.

Be sure to check out the videos and think through how you can select from the wide assortment that is available this year. No matter how much gardening experience you have, you really can enjoy growing the interesting hosta plant!




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Do You Have Hospitable Hosta in Your Garden? 28 comments

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tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

I think hostas are beautiful. I did have some but they didn't make it. I will try again.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I have found the Hosta don't do well in FL but we grew them in Atlanta. I've always thought they were beautiful plants and didn't know they could be eaten. This is another absolutely beautiful and useful hub in your garden series.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

Thanks for stopping in, tebo. Sure wish I could share some from my garden to replace the ones you lost!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

Pamela99: Generally, hosta don't do as well in Florida's heat. So glad you enjoyed this hub, though. Thank you for your visit!


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Teddletonmr 5 years ago from Midwest USA

Growing Hosta, great plants however, much like Pamela99 I had no idea we could eat some Hosta plants.

Thanks for your helpful insights on Hostas the eatible plant. Mike


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

Teddletonmr:

It's been interesting to come across more and more info on edible plants that we ordinarily consider decorative. I hope to take some time to do more study on the topic...one day.

Thanks much for stopping in with your comment!


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

I have a friend in the St. Louis area that has loads of beautiful hostas in her yard and garden. They are beautiful! I had no idea that some varieties were edible. Thanks for this beautiful hub. Rating it so!


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Teddletonmr 5 years ago from Midwest USA

I will be waiting to read your next hub on eatible plants.

happy Hubing. Mike


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

Teddletonmr: Oh no...you've thrown down the gauntlet! :)


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

Peggy W:

Maybe your friend would take some pics of her hosta garden for us! :)

So appreciate your visit and input--thanks much!


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Teddletonmr 5 years ago from Midwest USA

RTalloni I have every confindence you are up to the challenge. With your writing skills, I am sure you are up to the cahllenge.

Best wishes. Mike


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

Thanks kindly--that is encouraging!


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

As to asking for pictues...last I heard from her, she was probably going to have to have back surgery. Am sure that her garden will wait for her tender care. She is also a member of the Missouri Botanical Garden. She really loves gardening!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

Wow--she probably has beautiful pics to share! Her garden is likely in great order, waiting patiently on her recovery. I hope your friend is doing well! Just imagining what her hosta garden looks like makes me smile!


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drkathleenfuller 5 years ago from 322 SW Ocean Blvd, Stuart, Florida 34994

Thank you for letting me know I can grow hosta and it is edible. I live in southern Florida and I practice permaculture. I'll be looking for hosta to plant soon. And your photos are inspiring.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

So glad you enjoyed the hub. In south Florida you might want to get the advice of a nursery on growing hosta. It might be an annual in that area, but you may be able to take it indoors for the hottest months.

Appreciate your visit and comments!


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drkathleenfuller 5 years ago from 322 SW Ocean Blvd, Stuart, Florida 34994

Thanks for responding- I am experimenting growing a Black Walnut Tree and I plan to water it with ice cubes in the month of August and part of September. I will see if the Hostas might like a similar strategy.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

That sounds like an interesting plan! Would love to hear how it goes. If you write a hub about the experiment please let me know so I can link it to this one.

The shade or sun hosta video located above--the 5th one down--might be helpful to you in selecting your variety.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi RTalloni,it seems the spring weather has caused havoc in the garden everywhere this year! I am sure your hostas will be fine with all your love and attention! great close up photos, many thanks for a great hub.


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

I didn't know Hosta was edible! Very interesting but I will check first which part of the plant I should try:)

Great inspirational videos about these useful plants and many good varieties to choose from also. Hosta have magnificent patterns and colur. I especially like the light-green/lime-green Hosta and plants with dark purple leaves as companion plants, it is a lovely sight. Awesome photos from your garden, it looks very beautiful.

Thanks for this interesting article.

Tina


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