Hosta are biologically perennial floras that are placed for decorative purposes in offices and household. They have large broad green leaves and are shade tolerant meaning they can be grown indoors. They originated mainly from China, Japan and Korea in early 1800’s. These plants vary by their leaf color, shape and texture and most importantly by leaf size. Blue, white and gold are prevalent leaf colors. The range of leaf shapes include circular, oval, lance and heart and textures include smooth, glossy, rippled, cupped or seer-suckered. The size of a mature plant varies from 2” to 36” in height and 4” to 60” in width.
Hosta are widely preferred because of their low maintenance and elegant nature and their easy adaptability to surroundings. Some popular varieties of this flora include ‘Francee’ which have white edged green leaves, ‘Undulata’ which have white centered green leaves, ‘Gold Standard’ with green edged yellow leaves, ‘June’ with creamy centers in its blue leaves and ‘Sum and Substance’ which have yellow leaves and is generally huge.
Such an incredible range of hosta plants makes it an ideal choice for every landscape design. When compared to other plants such as ferns, hydrangea and dicentra, these are much more effective as shade perennials. One must understand that the plants grow vigorously in abundant sunlight but they are shade tolerant too once established in its surroundings and with enough moisture. They are also relatively pest free and require minimal pest control. The most common pests that infest these plants are slugs which make small holes in the leaves. If the leaves are thicker, then they tend to be more slug resistant. Slug baits available in the market can be used as pesticide. In outdoor conditions, rabbits and deer can cause problems and the best way to prevent these is by using a physical barrier.
As long as a hosta get satisfactory moisture, they can be grown as potted plants even during summer and fall. The soil for growth needs to be well-drained and somewhat acidic in nature. The plants are usually organized in such a way that their appearance is pleasing to the eye. Gold hostas have brighter colored leaves than the blue and green ones. Once you discover the beautiful combinations of arranging these eye delights, then you will become an expert in designing a beautiful garden. Plants with the same leaf color can be combined as long as they have different characteristics. For example if you put two blues together, make sure they are of different size or texture or shape. Putting two plants that look alike next to each other will give a boring dull look.
With the introduction of e-marketing, these green decors are available online. All varieties of these plants can be ordered via many websites across the globe for a range of prices. Based on your home or office or garden needs, different foliage can be picked and shipped right to your locality. Maintaining the right ambience and moistness in the soil are key elements in growing Hosta NZ.