Greening the garden beautifully is the main goal of many gardeners. However, not all plants thrive in shady and damp locations. But the radios! In addition, they transform the outdoor area into a beautiful oasis of well-being, where you can relax for hours. But let yourself be asked about how to take care of the plant properly so that you can enjoy it for a long time! It’s time to plant them soon!
Hostas – shade plants with their own elegance
General information about the Funkie
Hostas are decorative leaf perennials and thrive both in the garden and in the bucket. Nevertheless, they can also be used as ground cover. The hosta is also called sweetheart lily and hosta and belongs to the asparagus family. This hardy plant has beautiful decorative flowers. The beautiful patterns also make the plant a popular ornamental plant. So you can beautify the garden, balcony and terrace perfectly.
The herbaceous plant has thick and branched rootstocks called rhizomes. Sometimes it forms runners instead. The plant has long petioles and racemose inflorescences. The approximately 40 different species of sweetheart lilies have a variety of leaf colors and flower colors. The leaves can be green, yellow-green and white striped and the flowers are mainly white, purple and pink. Hosta leaves can also vary in shape – they can be heart-, spatula- or lancet-shaped. Most flowers are tubular or bell-shaped.
The garden plant with a peculiar exotic look reaches a height of 20 to 80 cm. Some varieties flower in June and July, others from August to September.
Planted in the shade bed, the hosta attracts everyone’s attention
Even the leaves are a great eye-catcher!
Hostas – planting, location and care
The plant is a wonderful eye-catcher in the garden. If you combine hostas with ferns or rhododendrons in the garden bed, then the garden becomes a very beautiful place. Funkien become best planted in spring. But make sure that there is no more frost! Mid-May would be the best time. But you can plant the hosta throughout the growing season. If you want to plant the Hoste in a tub, then there must be a drainage layer of expanded clay or potsherds.
The hostas can live for many years, as long as they get enough water and are fertilized regularly. This also applies to the young plants. Otherwise, the plant is very easy to care for.
A shaded to moderately partially shaded Location is most suitable for the plant. Nevertheless, there are varieties of sweetheart lilies that don’t mind a sunny spot, such as August Moon. You could use the leaves as a guide to find the right spot for the hosta: the darker and more delicate they are, the more shade the plant needs. In this case, if the plant is in the sun, the color of the leaves can fade. The funky therefore dries up very quickly. So take note of what variety they have and where you plant the crop! A permeable, nutritious and loamy floor is ideal for the hosta.
Over the years, the perennials of the plant will spread profusely, making it easy to divide with a spade and replant. It is advisable to do this in the spring before budding.
The hostas have a large leaf mass and therefore need a lot of water
Shady garden corners get a fresh look
As already mentioned, hostas have very large foliage, which makes it necessary to supply them with a lot of water. On warm days you can even water them several times. At the same time, however, it is only important to avoid possible waterlogging. By the way, the bark mulch is a good way to prevent the plant from drying out.
Fertilize the hostas when planting. It is about the so-called basic fertilization. Then fertilize the crop every spring.
The hostas can withstand the cold of winter very well. However, it is an important prerequisite that you do not remove withered leaves. The reason: the plant can survive more easily at low temperatures. But the potted plants need a little help in winter. These should be protected from the cold with garden fleece or coconut mats.
Organic fertilizers are best for fertilizing
One of the biggest threats to hosta are snails. They eat the plants, especially in spring. Fortunately, today there are varieties that are resistant to snails, which makes maintenance particularly easy.
The hostas are often used to underplant trees
The soil for the sweetheart lilies must also be rich in humus
The hostas sprout in April
The flowers impress with their shape and colour
The plant is very easy to care for!
The heart-shaped leaves of the hosta are really mesmerizing!
Hostas are wonderful for a fresh pot planting
The delicate flowers open from June to September, depending on the variety