As winter approaches, there are steps you can take to care for hostas so they’ll return in spring healthier than ever. Mulching, tidying up, and dividing plants, and burying, moving, or covering your container-bound hostas, will go a long way toward protecting your plants from pests, disease, and frost heave damage.
You might not call flowers to mind first when you think of hostas but they can be incredibly beautiful and fragrant, in colors ranging from white to purple, and even yellow or red. We’ll help you make the most of your hosta flowers, from choosing the best hybrids and cultivars to deadheading and troubleshooting.
From common garden foes like aphids to microscopic nematodes that can decimate your hostas, pests can be a problem now and then. Slugs and snails are usually the main challenge when growing hostas, but there are other pests that make a meal of these shade lovers, and stressed plants are particularly at risk. Read more.
Hostas can make a striking addition to the shade garden, with colorful foliage and tiny lavender or white flowers. Check out our roundup of favorite cultivars, in hues of blue-green and gold, chartreuse and lime, with spiky or heart-shaped leaves, plus a few classic white and green varieties. Read more now.
Hostas are appreciated for their green, yellow, variegated, or white foliage. These attractive shade-loving perennials thrive in moist, well-draining loam and add beauty to the home landscape for many years. Sometimes you may want to relocate plants. Read on and discover 5 useful tips for transplanting and recovery.
Pests, diseases, and various environmental issues can all cause hosta leaves to turn yellow, and the symptoms can look fairly similar. From overwatering to foliar nematodes, there are lots of things that can go wrong. The trick is to figure out which is causing your plants problems so you can determine how to fix it.
Hostas have a reputation for being tough in the garden. That’s one of the reasons they’re one of the most popular plants out there. But when one of these disease strikes, it can spell disaster. Knowing what causes disease can help you prevent them, but if it’s too late, you need to know how to deal with hosta diseases.
Hostas need dividing to look as good as possible. As they age, the center starts to look a bit shabby, yellowed, and sparse. They may even stop sending up those lovely flowers. By dividing them, they get a refresh. Plus, when you divide your hostas, you get new free plants out of the deal so you can expand your garden.
Hostas grow well in containers, so why not grow them in compact places where you might not be able to otherwise? A potted plant makes a statement in the garden or on a patio. There are just a few tips you need to know in order to make these popular plants thrive in pots. Read our guide to learn more.
It’s no wonder hostas are one of the most popular plants to grow in the garden. They’re versatile, add color even to shady spots, and are rarely impacted by insect pests or diseases. With hundreds of cultivars, there’s an endless variety to choose from. Our guide will help you to pick, plant, and care for your hostas.