Hostas – Spectacular in the Garden


Private garden on the CHGC Spring Tour

In the North Shore community of Winnetka, IL. where my husband and I were once raising a blended family, hostas’ were profusely planted. Under stately trees, shade provided these plants the kind of protection they enjoy. At the time they seemed common to me, unimaginative. But, I wasn’t gardening then either. Have I changed my tune!


 I admired a border of Hosta that filled a narrow space beneath a window on this same tour.

A herbaceous perennial plant for shade, hosta, also called plantain lily, is grown for its attractive foliage, which is varied and amazing. Some cultivars have fragrant flowers, but that’s not why I grow them. (Morning sun in my garden doesn’t seem to faze them.) There are many cultivar sizes to choose from depending on your space.

IMG_0759Replanted from my last garden to ‘The Cottage for Two.’

Everything you want to know about growing Hosta can be found at Plants Delight Nursery, run by the famous and delightful Tony Avant. Start with his blog.

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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8 Responses to Hostas – Spectacular in the Garden

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Haven’t grown hostas in a long time because of deer, but I was surprised by how many hostas were in the tour gardens this time.

  2. Harliqueen says:

    I love hostas, I just can’t get them to grow before the slugs pounce on them! 😀

  3. We’ve always had hostas around our pool. So much better than flowers!

  4. Paula Kaye says:

    It’s the same for me….beautiful hostas that w\are destroyed by the slugs. I have tried beer, salt, commercial slug bait. Nothing works for me….

  5. Chrys Fey says:

    I love the look of hostas. It looks like a great filler plant. 🙂

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