It was never my intention to accumulate Hosta as one of my collections and I have not deliberately sought them out but rather they have come to me. A great friend who had collected Hosta for many years suddenly decided she had enough of them and that I was to be the recipient of her collection. These plants have formed the foundation of my stock.
Hosta would have to be one of the best perennials for pot culture. If fed and watered they will make large clumps and are not at all phased about being pot bound. Failure to feed sufficiently will result in smaller foliage. The vast range of leaf colour, size and texture means that there is ample opportunity to play with plant pot combinations. Hosta are shade plants however some morning sun will enhance their leaf colour. 2-3 hours of morning sun is sufficient to bring out the best in their foliage. They will quite happily grow in light shade but the colours will be less defined. They are winter dormant plants so be prepared for some downtime. I use inserts for all my pots so over winter the Hosta can be tucked away and replaced with Tulips. The Hosta will be surfacing just as the Tulips begin to fade.
This is a genus with a vast number of species and cultivars. Many of them have differences only discernible to the avid collector but others are truely unique. They are plants selected for leaf shape. colour and texture and size, flowering is mostly a secondary consideration but as with all things in the plant world there are exceptions. Hosta plantaginea grandiflora has white flowers with a delicious sweet perfume, there are a number of hybrids from this species the most notable being honey bells. Hosta honeybells is a strong grower with soft mauve perfumed flowers. There are many plain leaf species hybrids which range in size from the tiny Hosta minutissima to the large Hosta emerald cascade, the later being a fabulous plant with big pleated spear shaped leaves. The smallest varieties are perfect for Kusamono, the larger ones make fabulous mounds of highly decorative foliage in big pots or urns. There are marked differences in vigour between the varieties. Some increasing rabidly others painfully slow. Most of the so-called blue Hosta, hybrids from seiboldiana, are slow increasers the exception being blue mouse ears it expands rapidly making very satisfying clumps.
Hosta are very prone to attack by slugs and snails. This is the reason for me growing them in pots where the control of these garden pests can be achieved without putting local wildlife at risk.
Below is a list of Hosta I grow. Many of them I have for sale but not all. Some in limited numbers, others I have plenty of. As the season progresses I will photograph them and put them into my online store but in the meantime enquiries are welcome.
Blue mouse ears
Purple n gold
Sweet home chicago
Sugar n spice