We believe the conditions here at the Fairegarden’s steeply sloping land composed of red clay and stoney soil are not to the liking of many varieties of hosta. We know it from experience. In our other Tennessee garden which was located in the far northeast tip of the state, a heavily wooded spot of heaven, hostas were happy denizens. There was a nice collection which was dug up, potted and driven to Texas in the move there in the dilapidated minivan. It was discovered that Hostas did not like it in the Houston suburb at all, not enough winter chill among other problems so the same plants were redug, potted up and moved to the southeast Tennessee home where offspring Semi and others dwelled during their college days. The pots were sunk in the ground on the shady side of the house. When we moved here ourselves, the hostas were planted out and more were added in anticipation of the shade that would be had as the young trees planted grew a canopy of leafy branches. The hostas are still waiting for that shade in some spots. What has been learned is that some of the yellow leaf hostas can withstand quite a bit of summer scalding sun without leaf burn. Those stalwarts are Sunpower, Sum And Substance and Guacamole. Summers here can be quite dry. Hostas like moisture with good drainage. We have the drainage covered and there is moisture during the winter and the required chill dormant period. Those mentioned above can survive our droughty warm months. Of course they would do better with more water. Wouldn’t we all?
This post is to lead the readers to our newly illustrated sidebar page which can be viewed by clicking here- Plants We Grow-Hostas. Photos were taken in mid April as the emerging cones grew to reveal fresh, crisp leaves of joyous texture and color. As the months passed and the heat invaded, some leaves burned to crisps without adequate shade protection. Some leaves had the shade but needed more water and became crispy as well. And some leaves, like those in the final photo of Sum And Substance, maintained their elegance through it all.
Below is the list of cultivars and species grown here. Photos of each can be viewed on the page.
Sum And Substance
Blue Mouse Ears
Ventricosa, (Fortunei) Aureomarginata