Come walk through our front garden with me today as I share tips on how to grow beautiful hostas. Hostas are a low-maintenance plant that can help your garden look amazing from spring through fall if you follow these easy tips. These plants are just a few of my favorites grown in our garden here on our property.
One of my favorite plants we have growing around our house is our hosta plants. And for good reason...they're absolutely beautiful.Growing hostas are one of the easiest low-maintenance plants that can help your garden be full of thriving plants from spring through fall if you follow these easy tips.
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Growing Hostas for a Beautiful Garden
Hosta plants are a favorite among most gardeners. And who can blame them? They're a beautiful plant to grow and they're pretty easy to take care of as well. Today I'm going to share with you a few easy tips that we follow to help our hosta plants make a beautiful impression to all who visit.
When we built our house almost 13 years ago we had nothing in the way of landscaping done. We barely had a driveway. But slowly over time we added bushes and plants and even a vegetable garden.
Tips for Growing Hostas
- Hosta plants originated in the Orient and there are many varieties that come in various sizes and colors. The hosta leaves come in a variety of greens ranging from a deep green that's almost blue to a soft creamy white.
- Hosta plants also produce a flower stalk that can be either cone or bell shaped. The flowers are usually white, purple or a striped pattern of the two colors. I don't care for the flower stalk while my husband loves them. In fact, I have been known to go out and cut the stalks off when my husband is at work, much to his disappointment.
- They're a very easy plant to grow which makes them great for a low maintenance garden.
- But it does help to have some knowledge of how to grow hostas so they can look their best in your garden.
Tips for Proper Placement:
- Choose an area in your garden that receives partial sun.
- Hostas are usually considered shade loving plants, but they do best in areas where they receive morning sun and are shaded during the hot afternoon.
- The hostas on our property do receive a ton of late morning sun but they seem to really thrive in it.
How to Prepare the Soil:
- Hostas prefer loose, well-drained soil with a slightly acidic pH.
- Dig the hole about 12 inches deep and space the hosta plants about 12 to 24 inches apart.
- Be patient. The plants will grow and spread as they mature.
- Newly planted plants need to be kept moist so mulch the soil around them to help retain moisture.
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How to Water:
- Although hosta plants can withstand drought, they do best if they are given 1 to 2 inches of water every week.
- You'll need to water them daily for about 2 weeks after you first plant them.
- Once the plants are established, try to water them every 2 to 4 days if you don't live in an area that receives a lot of rain during the summer months.
How to Control Pests:
- If you live in an area with a large population of deer, you may want to rethink planting hostas as deer love these beautiful plants.
- Slugs can be a problem as well and will eat large holes in the leaves.
- A few plates filled with beer should help keep the slugs away from the plants.
- Thankfully we've never really had any problems with deer or slugs.
How Big do Hostas Get?
- It can take a hosta plant up to six years to reach it's growth maturity.
- Something I didn't know is that the growth rate is determined by the number of flowers produced every year!
How to Divide the Plants:
- You can divide the plants at any time, but it's best to do so in the spring when the plants are just beginning to grow and you can easily see where to dig around the shoots coming up from the ground.
- A good rule of thumb is to divide the hosta plants when they get too crowded and the center starts to die out.
- Every three to four years is recommended in order to keep hostas healthy.
How to Care for Hostas in the Fall:
- Hostas will not stay green through the cold temperatures of winter, so you should cut them back to a couple of inches when you do the fall cleanup in your garden.
- Every year my husband cuts ours back and every year I think he's killed them.
- But they always come back in the spring and look even more amazing than the year before.
Growing Hostas in Planters
Something new to my garden is growing hostas in planters! We have a rather large back porch that I have a hard time growing planters with traditional flowers because of the lack of sun the back porch receives.
Last summer I planted a few planters with hostas and was amazed at how well they did in the planters! I simply cut them back in the fall like I do to the hostas in the ground and what do you think happened?
They came back this spring! Look how pretty they look in the planters on our back porch.
More Beautiful Gardening Tips and Ideas:
- Tips on Growing Tomatoes
- Mistakes to Avoid when Growing Tomatoes in Containers
- Tips on Growing Sunflowers in your Garden
- Outdoor Gardening Inspiration
Tried any of these tips? Leave a comment and let me know which was your favorite!
This blog post has been updated since it first appeared in 2017 with new photos and new information. I hope you enjoy the updates as much as I enjoyed working on them!