Flowers #11G, 11H & 11I

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Hostas, sometimes called a plantain lily, are of a genus of flowering plants that is made up with as many as forty-five different species.  Native to China, Korea and Japan, Hostas were first imported to Europe in the late 1700s and to America by the mid 1800s.  These plants come in all shapes and sizes and many colors, ranging from four inches wide and three inches tall to four feet wide and six feet high.  Leaves range from bright green, yellow and even blue tones with a texture ranging from smooth to crinkled, dull to glossy.  The flowers are trumpet-like in shape and come in white, lavender, blue and purple.

Hostas are considered shade plants, though too much shade can lead to a slower rate of growth.  These plants do best in gardens with filtered shade available much of the day and prefer rich, moist soil but also well-drained.  Plants with yellow foliage are usually more tolerant of sun while blue foliage Hostas prefers shade.  In my limited garden space, filtered shade is at a premium, and having twenty-five to thirty of these plants in all sizes, I violate the shade rule of thumb often.  Direct sunlight during much of the summer is definitely not ideal for these plants, but it can be done with plenty of watering, although by late summer, the direct sun will take its toll on these shade-loving plants.

Note: The first two photos in this post have been posted before.  However, do to the fact that having recently discovered how to mat and frame my digital photographs, I decided to posted them once again as this particular photograph is one of my favorites.

Steven H. Spring





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