Saturday, April 13, 2013
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When it comes to Hostas, no quantity is too much. Some people collect stamps, others collect cars, and gardeners collect Hostas. There are Hostas for every shade garden; blue ones, yellow ones, green ones, striped ones, variegated ones, monsterous ones and even tiny little miniature ones. That’s today’s topic: Four petite little hostas that are sure to draw oohs and aahs.. These little treasures are ideal for use as an accent in the shade garden or as a treasure for your containers.

Like all hostas, these plants prefer shade to part shade in moist, but well drained soil. They don’t need too much food, but an application of balanced fertilizer in early spring will get them growing well. The toughest part of growing Hostas is protecting them from turning into salad for slugs and snails. There is no simple solution – this is a battle of attrition folks - use all available weapons! The list would include slug beer traps, slug bait, copper strips and even diatomaceous earth. Once you’ve steeled yourself to the harsh reality of growing hostas, here are four darling little hostas to try.

Miniature Hosta Collection

Hosta ‘Trifecta’

Trifecta is miniature hosta with foliage that is a couple of shades of light green with a white central blotch. Its pale-lavender flowers bloom in mid to late summer. Forms a low mound and is somewhat drought tolerant once established. Best in shade or part shade. Grows 6 inches high and up to 12 inches across.

Hosta ‘Harkaway Mini Gold’

This locally grown selection features elongated, rounded leaves in shades of golden yellow. Vigorous grower. Can be used in shade gardens, containers or even as a groundcover. Early summer produces dainty lavender flowers. Tolerates a fair degree of sun, although best in part shade. Grows 5-8 inches in height and 10-12 inches across. Hardy to zone 3.

Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’

This miniature little hosta has thick blue-green leaves. Foliage is vaguely round drawing a comparison to mouse ears. Grows 8-10 inches in height. Best grown in shade or part shade. Perfect for rock gardens and containers.

Hosta ‘Little Sunspot’

Little Sunspot Hosta forms a sturdt mound of foliage, topped with lily-like, pale lavender blooms in early to mid-summer. Foliage is golden yellow, boldly edged in deep green.  Excellent hosta for edging, mix containers and shade gardens. Grows 12-14 inches in height and 1-2 ft in spread.

Like all hostas, these varieties die back in the fall and winter, then they remerge the following spring. P.S: we have lots of slug solutions for you too! :)

If you have questions about these or any hostas, please feel free to drop by and visit us at Arts Nursery, or call 604.882.1201 during business hours. Always call ahead to confirm availability as our selection and stock is always changing

Rebecca van der Zalm

Rebecca van der Zalm

Rebecca is an owner and the ‘Plant Boss’ of Art’s Nursery Garden & Home, a large family owned garden centre in Surrey. Fueled by her passion for plants and the occasional grande vanilla latte, Rebecca strives to share her love of gardening at every opportunity. The goal: to offer more service, more selection and more fun.
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