Hosta in Bloom

Saturday, August 20, 2011 by

Hosta in Bloom

Hostas have been cultivated in China and Japan for centuries. They did not become known in the western world until 1790 when two species arrived in Europe from China. Today, hostas are widely grown throughout the world in many gardens and now number over 7,000 varieties!

Flowers range from pure white to shades of deep blue, pink, purple, or white-striped. Many are sought for the fragrance of the flowers.

These plants could be called the most perfect plants! Hostas are one of the best perennials for shade, and some of the cultivars are suited for full sun. All are grown for their lush and attractive foliage, as well as for their ability to act as ground covers, edgers, background or specimen plants. Foliage colors include shades of blues, greens, yellows to golds, white margined, cream to gold margined, variegated, and streaked.

 

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