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.
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.