Unlike other plants, they not only survive but also thrive in shade. They easily grow in the north of the garden in shade or under the shrubs where other plants struggle to thrive. Most of their varieties grow in USDA zone 3-8, they grow in many different regions of the US.
Planting in shade
The easiest way to remember, lighter the foliage shade, the brighter the sun to grow.
Different types of Hostas based on light tolerance.
Vegetative hostas grow best in partial shade. You can plant them under a tree or the bushes.
Green foliage hostas are the most tolerant varieties. They thrive easily in the shade or partial shade areas of the garden.
Blue foliage hostas retain their color in partial shade. Planting them in too much sunlight bleaches their blue color to green.
White foliage hostas need little sunlight to retain their color. However, they burn if exposed to too much light. It’s recommended to plant them in the spot where they get morning sun and evening shade.
Yellow foliage Hostas take more light than other Hostas.
Growing Hosta is easy, you don’t need to take much care of them. Once Hosta gets established they grow themself. Just water them occasionally to keep them hydrated. Hostas generally take 4-5 years to mature, especially large varieties, so keep patience with them.
How to care for Hosta
Hosta doesn’t need much care but there are a few points you should keep in mind.
Plant hostas with chives and mint herbs, their fragrance might convince them to go somewhere else. Spray deer and rabbit repelled around the hostas plant. You need to spay it occasionally and after a heavy rain, this definitely works and protects your hostas.
Some common questions
Is hosta toxic to pets?
Hostas are toxic when eaten by dogs, cats, and horses, keep them away or better don’t grow hosta.
How to split hosta?
Locate the area around the base, if the leaves are too big, tie them with thread, to see what you’re doing.
Slightly dig around the base with a regular garden shovel, hosta has very shallow roots, you don’t need to dig too deep.
Gently pull the hosta, if there are any roots attached with the ground cut them using your shovel.