Monday, August 1, 2011

Hostas



Hostas are one of the most popular shade plants; I love them!

These wonderful perennials give gardens bold, decorative foliage from spring to fall frost.


The leaves vary enormously in size, pattern and colour.  Some can be huge and round, others are tiny and narrow.  They can have solid colours, or leaves with contrasting edges, in combinations of green, gold, yellow, blue and white.



In summer, exotic lily-like flowers on slender, leafless stems rise above the foliage.

This intriguing looking perennial is one of my favourites in our shady yard.



Reference information is from Lois Hole’s Perennial Favourites, published in 1995 by Lone Pine Publishing, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The first photo is from my friend's garden; the next three are from mine.

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