Hostas love shade and we love hostas


The front garden has a shady area under the weeping cherry tree that we’ve planted with hosta and daylily. This garden started a few years ago with just a few hosta and a few lilies and every year we divide the plants to make the garden fuller. There’s also a rose bush at the corner of the house and we added lirope (foreground along the sidewalk) and  croscrosmia (which you can see in the back of this photo if you look really hard) to help define the space.

Our goal is to keep dividing the hosta in such a way that it completely covers the ground when it’s fully leafed out. The various varieties we have keep the garden interesting. We don’t know the names of all of the different types because the original plants came from friends and neighbors.

One thing I wish we’d been more aware of last year when we were dividing/replanting was to mix the varieties so that no two of the same are next to one another. We’ll probably move some thing around this spring before everything gets completely established — and I’ll add more photos later to show how full the bed actually gets.

Don’t you love hosta too? What’s your favorite variety? Variegated or solid? Light green, dark or “blue”?


About Dianna Ott

Lydia Street is about an old house, a new garden and the adventures of the lovely and talented occupants, Dianna and Christe. We love our dogs; we love to cook; we love to garden; and we have too many house projects going on at the same time. We also have plenty of stories to tell.
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2 Responses to Hostas love shade and we love hostas

  1. Beautiful front garden! I love hostas as well because we have huge trees in our back yard and nothing needing sun will grow there in the summer so we have hostas! I love Blue and I think they are called varigated anyway the ones where the leaf is green in the middle and white around the edges.

    • Lydia Street says:

      I agree, the blue ones are wonderful. Just wait until our giant blue hosta (which is right in front of the celtic circle) comes out fully. It is gorgeous and HUGE!

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