May 20, 2014

New Hosta For A Shade Garden

Many years ago, I learned all about growing hosta from the late great plantsman, Allen Haskell, who ran a fabulous nursery in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  Allen taught me that gardens in the shade don’t have to be dull or boring.  They can actually be rather exciting.  Hosta, with their palette of so many different colors, textures, and sizes have tremendous landscape value and offer great interest to the garden.  Before planting hosta, you should consider your soil quality.  It should be deeply dug and hold moisture, without being soggy.  It should be rich with compost, well-rotted manure, and phosphorous.  I recently ordered many different kinds of hosta from a wonderful online source called The Hosta Farm and I cannot wait to see them spread and flourish!