Planting out in 2017.
With the arrival of Spring and some unseasonally warm weather, it was time to move some of my hostas from the comfort of their pots in the shade tunnel out into the wilds of the garden. One of the sites I’d chosen, close to the southern boundary of the property, comprised of several large, mature native trees together with many more younger shrubs and tress which we planted about 8 years ago to provide screening. It needed a good dig, the removal of a lot of tree roots and the addition of some organic matter. The area probably doesn’t provide quite as much shade as I’d like yet, but it should certainly be enough for the plants to get by and hopefully for them to thrive.
The idea now is to create a few ‘hosta-only’ beds, with different shapes, sizes and colours of hostas together with some mixed planted beds, featuring other shade-tolerant shrubs and perennials.
I’ve marked the hostas with what I hope will be permanent aluminium labels (but that’s another story for another day on another web-page). They look rather small in the big beds, despite the fact that they’ve been grown on in pots for 18-24 months after they were purchased. In fact the area appears to be more like a sculpture park than a hosta bed at the moment, but I’m sure the plants will fill out in no time!