Planning the hosta garden
If you’re serious about hostas, your hosta garden will continually be a beautiful work in progress. Many people have a starter garden, where they grow plants to maturity (when they have their true size, shape, and color), then transplant them to a final spot in the garden. As trees and other plants in your garden grow, you can move hostas around to give them their ideal sun and soil conditions. Keeping your plants labeled will make it easier, especially in the early spring before plants come up.
Creating a Mood:
- Hosta gardens with blue and green can be cool and refreshing.
- Gold hostas feel warm and cheerful.
- Variegated hostas are stimulating..
Providing Contrast Throughout Your Hosta Garden:
- Place hostas with contrasting sizes next to each other to make hostas look bigger or smaller.
- Keep showy hostas away from each other in your hosta garden so they don’t compete.
- Contrast hosta leaf textures with non-hosta plants such as astilbe, fern, ginger, epimediums and pulmonaria. Use flower color from plants like impatiens to contrast with hosta leaves.
Creating Visual Appeal for your Hosta Landscape:
- Clumps of small hostas can be used to crisply edge a garden, sidewalk or driveway.
- Hostas in containers can brighten a deck, patio or garden.
- Use yellows in the front and blue tones which fade into the background to create depth of field.
- Plants in small groups look best when planted in odd numbers. Larger masses can be planted in any number.
- Spring bulbs work well with almost any hosta, and their foliage after blooming can be hidden by hosta leaves that cover dying foliage.
- Generally, the tallest hostas should be placed in the background, but it may create more interest to occasionally place a large hosta in the foreground.
Use hostas as borders as seen here in this video, Edge Hostas.
Studies and Statistics
As the following studies show, landscaping can make a huge difference in the value of your home. Hostas are one way to get a great return on your investment!
- Landscaping can add between 7 and 15 percent to a home’s value. (Source: The Gallup Organization)
- Homes with “excellent” landscaping can expect a sale price about 6 to 7 percent higher than equivalent houses with “good” landscaping, while improving landscaping from “average” to “good” can result in a 4 to 5 percent increase. (Source: Clemson University)
- Landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100 to 200 percent at selling time. Kitchen remodeling brings a 75 to 125 percent recovery rate, bathroom remodeling a 20 to 120 percent recovery rate, and the addition of a swimming pool a 20 to 50 percent recovery rate. (Source: Money)
- In one study, 99% of real estate appraisers concurred that good landscaping enhances the sales appeal of real estate. (Source: Trendnomics, National Gardening Association)