Sunday, June 27, 2010
Hostas are Coming into their Own
The Sum and Substance are coming into their own now, and just about to bloom, as are the Golden Standards. Don't know the name of the white and green at the front but they appear to give a boost to the yellow in the others. A few years back it seemed you weren't a proper gardener unless you had a good variety of hosta. Eventually, some folks got tired of them...ho hum..just another hosta!
However, there are some fantastic varieties out there now and so, having a second look is a good idea. Here is a beauty whose name you won't soon forget...Pineapple Upside Down Cake. I've had this about six years and she gets that little bit bigger each season. Her pointy and perky leaves are so different from other hosta we have in the garden.
Hostas can be very very pricey if you are a collector which, I am not... but I expect it would be easy to become obsessed by their beauty and variety. They can make a terrific bold statement like the first photo, or just add that little perk that brings out the best in it's neighbours. I love' em, frankly and can't imagine the garden without them.