DOWN THE (SHADE) GARDEN PATH
Hosta ‘Orange Marmalade’
HOSTAS – Easy to Grow, Lots of Variety!
I LOVE HOSTAS,
They come in an amazing array of colors, patterns & sizes.
I’ve been growing them for about 20 years. When we moved out to our home in the woods, where there are huge shady areas, we have really increased the number of varieties as well as the number of plants.
What they need:
Partial (early morning or very late afternoon sun) to bright shade. Hint: keep the blue varieties out of the sun, it causes the waxy coating that is the blue color to melt away. Ours are in moist soil most of the time, not soggy, but moist. They are very cold hardy.
Use them in pots or in the ground. They are impressive in large clumps, borders or alone.
Pests; these can be a favorite of slugs in very damp weather, I have also had problems with deer, I will throw a light net over the top from time to time to discourage them.
Add some hosta’s to your garden, Have some fun!
Here is a link to the selfsufficientgardener website and podcast. I love listening to this podcast while I work in my yard. It doesn’t always apply to what I do, but I learn a lot and am often inspired to do something in a new way, like grow vegetables in the shade!
6 oz of salad greens
red russian kale
red oak leaf lettuce
flashy troutback lettuce
Primula ‘Miss Indigo’
This deep purple perennial primula has proven to be vigorous and blooms very prolifically. This year, again, it is covered in double deep indigo purple blooms with a delicate silver white edge. They are in full bloom now, a bit behind many of the other primulas in our yard, but way ahead of others. Many think of primroses nothing more than what you see in the big box stores very early in the spring, but they are so much more. There are varieties that bloom from February into July. I collect (almost) any perennial primrose and the more I have the more I want. They are easy to grow and divide, so also easy to share.
Conditions: Light: in our garden, it does well in a spot where it gets bright light with some sun. (we live in the Pacific Northwest when the sun may not show itself the weeks at a time.) There are some deciduous trees near it that offer some protection from hot sun in the summer months. Like many primulas, it does a bit better in considerably more shade. The ones in the shady spot have longer lasting blooms.
The soil is constantly moist most of the year.
Cold hardiness: We got down to 8 degrees f last winter and it is going strong. In my experience they are very hardy!
Soil requirements: in my experience, They aren’t too fussy about soil. Over the several acres that we grow them, some are in loamy, sandy soil, others are in clay, and everything in between.
Pests: They are rarely bothered by slugs, or anything else. We bark mulch heavily and clean debris away in early spring so slugs and snails aren’t much of a problem. I don’t need to slug bait primroses in our yard, I guess we have tastier more attractive garden fare.
This primula quietly increases its numbers by producing clumps outwards. Against good practice, I have divided them at all different times of year, with the best results in early to mid spring or fall.
This variety is suitable for the landscape or container use. When used in big clumps or in large groupings they really add the wow factor to your garden!
If you don’t have primroses in your garden, don’t wait. Spring is the time of year for the best selection!