Posted By Jonathan on May 29, 2015
A portion of our backyard is a large shaded area. Big oak and maple trees rise over the ground, blocking out the sun. As a result, I had to find plants that will tolerate heavy shade, but still look beautiful. Hostas were the very first plants we reached for to create a lovely landscape in the shade.
Now, I know what you’re probably thinking. Hosta aren’t that special. They’re just big leafy plants that don’t always look too spectacular. I would agree in some cases. When Jonathan and I do go out, I tend to check out what other people’s yards look like. Those who have hosta seem to have the same variety all around the yard and do nothing to set the plant off. On the other hand, I have discovered there to be a great array of color, texture, and size difference in the hosta genus. This is due to the hard work of modern breeders. They’re giving us a WOW factor in these seemingly ordinary looking foliage plants. I love to play mix and match with the hosta, trying to compliment colors and size to make each one stand out on their own. I want to walk by and say, “This is SO beautiful,” for each of the plants.
The first hosta I planted I received from family. I’m unaware of their names, but love them just the same. If I had more time I would take hours researching online to find the correct names. Time is one thing I haven’t had lately. I digress.
From the moment I planted those hosta in my garden I knew I had to have more. For one, I had more space that ‘needed’ to be planted up. Another reason was because I was hooked to hostas. Over the last four years we have lived in hour house I have slowly collected close to 30 varieties of hosta. I’m sure there will be more in the future. You may call me a hostaholic, but in reality I’ve only scratched the surface of the hosta varieties available.
Below I’ll share photos of my current hosta. A few will be named, but a majority will not. If you know the variety or just have something to share, please to leave a comment! Now without further ado, the Hosta: