Transplanting Hostas in the Fall: Secrets for Success

Transplanting hostas in the fall. Hosta going dormant in the fall with leaves yellowing

There are a few considerations and rules to follow to ensure that your hostas will grow well and thrive after transplanting them. While hostas are reasonably easy to grow, transplanting them during the correct season will give them a growing head start, rewarding you with a stunning display of beautiful colors, shapes, and sizes in … Read more

Praying Hands Hosta: The Ultimate Guide

Praying Hands Hosta plant.

A mature ‘Praying Hands’ Hosta was a sight to behold. Its dark olive-green leaves, rippled and glossy, shone with a golden-yellow margin that set it apart from all the other hostas. It was a stunning example of nature’s beauty, one that any gardener could be proud to show off. ‘Praying Hands’ Hosta Plant The ‘Praying … Read more

Dream Queen Hosta – Character & Beauty

Dream Queen hosta planted in the garden.

‘Dream Queen’ Hosta is a robust plant known for its thick, blue-green leaves with light yellow centers that exude an abundance of character. The corrugated leaves are highly resistant to slugs and are sometimes bypassed by deer and rabbits. In the summer months, the ‘Dream Queen’ produces 2-inch white flowers on tall scapes with noticeable … Read more

Miniature Hostas: What They Are and How to Care for Them

Blue Mouse Ears, the most popular of the miniature hostas.

A mini hosta packs all the punch that a hosta does, only in a smaller space. They are just as hardy as standard hostas and just as easy to care for. If you are unfamiliar with miniature hostas or are deciding whether to include them in your garden this year, then read through the rest … Read more

Growing Bare Root Hostas (Save Money & It’s Easy to Do)

A bare root hosta ready to plant.

When most people think of planting and growing hostas, they don’t think of starting from a bare root hosta. Instead, they usually buy a small hosta plant or divide some of their larger hostas and plant them in shady areas of their yards and gardens. But, if you’re like me, you’re always up for trying … Read more

Can Hostas Grow in Sandy Soil

Can hostas grow in sandy soil? Here you see shoots emerging in sandy soil.

Because hostas are such a hardy and beautiful perennial, it’s possible to grow them in a host of different types of soil. You can have your hosta plants in sandy soil and heavier clay soil. However, I’ve noticed that hostas prefer moist, rich, and well-draining loamy soil that contains a lot of organic matter to … Read more

Kill Slugs with Ammonia [Yes, Its A Real Slug Killer]

Hosta leaves damaged by slugs

Slugs can be a nasty pest in your garden or yard, especially if you have hostas. Trying to save your plants can send you searching for alternatives, and I know it surprised me when I found out that you can kill slugs with ammonia. Many people don’t know this fact, but it’s very important. I’ve … Read more

How to Grow Hostas Under Trees – Learn How to Succeed

Hostas under a big old tree.

You most likely know that hostas do very well growing in partial shade, and different species and cultivars thrive in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 9 . Therefore, it’s possible to grow hostas under trees, as I’ve found out over the years. The trees and hostas can compete for water, but this is a relatively easy … Read more

Meet the Speedsters: Fast Growing Hostas Revealed

Guacamole a fast growing hosta.

Did you know that hosta cultivars grow at different rates? It surprised me when I first started getting into these plants to see that some had a quick growth habit and some were slow. My goal was to get a full yard along the edges in the shade as quickly as possible, so I did … Read more

Dividing Hostas: A How to Garden Guide for Success

If you want to make the most out of your hosta plants, dividing them can significantly increase their presence in your garden and keep them thriving. In this article, you’ll learn the optimal times and techniques for dividing your hosta plants to promote healthy growth and maximize their visual appeal. Understanding the best practices for … Read more

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