Tuesday, July 21, 2009
How to Grow a Hosta like this
When I visited Foxfire Gardens in Marshfield a few weeks ago, my friend, Gina, was amazed at the size of this hosta Montana 'Aureomarginata'. Even my husband told me I definitely had to buy one of those when we visited earlier in June. Gina and I are were trying to guess at how long that hosta had been in the garden. We both guessed that it had to have been there at least 20 years. So when we went up to the nursery and had a chance to talk to the owners we were surprised by the answer. It had been planted less than 5 years ago. The owner saw how surprised we were, and explained to us how that particular hosta had grown so big in so little time. The number one thing is that is needs to come from good stock. Then after that all this one needs is some sunshine (yes, you heard right) and an inch of water a day. Hostas are not sun intolerant, they are heat intolerant, and some hostas can take heat more than others. This is one that happens to love the sunshine in Wisconsin.