Thursday, August 16, 2007

A Hosta for the Sun

While hostas are usually a shade plant, I've learned that there are a few ones called "sun tolerant", such as this one called "August Moon". It has bright yellow leaves and it looks nice next to the Lady's mantle (Alchemilla mollis). It is recommended that this hosta should get enough sun to keep the leaves the desired yellow. Mine get afternoon shade. People will comment on this hosta, presuming it's sickly or something. I tell them it's meant to look like that!

Other hosta tidbits I have learned:
  • The blue hostas should not be grown in full sun because the blue color results from a waxy coating on the leaf that will break down in sunshine.
  • The hostas with white variegation on the leaves shouldn't be grown in deep shade because only the green parts of the leaves are able to use sunlight to make food for the plant. Deep shade would starve that hosta.


Karen said...

I've been looking into hostas recently, too. I need sun-tolerant ones in the front yard. I have one called "Sun Power" that seems to fit the bill. It is actually very similar to your "August Moon". I've also moved my "Red October" to an area where it gets morning sun and light afternoon shade. It seems to be holding up well so far.

snappy said...

Thanks for the Hosta facts.I never knew about any of that.You learn something new everyday.