Hosta gardens are ubiquitous in my region. In the last forty years there has been a tissue culture explosion of hybrid cultivars available to gardeners. Large, tall living sculptures and tiny obscure thumbnails can grace the shade. An explosion of textures, leaf colors and forms can transform that shadow place turf cannot control.There are design elements and companion plants that can spice up your hosta garden. Hosta are building blocks, framework to building an effective shade garden. Many times that is where gardeners stop, the house is framed, but little siding is added to complete the work. Without companions the foundation can be solid to the point of boring, mundane green.
|Blue-green mass with contrasting accents - variegation|
|Thalictrum flowers and foliage light and airy|
|Cimicifuga foliage, blooms in fall|
|Martagon lilies can be six feet tall|
I include Iris cristata in groups between hosta groupings for spring color and contrasting foliage. This early blooming iris provides an opening curtain to hosta groupings unfurling act. Their colonies of vertical foliage provide contrasting form amidst the lateral growth of hosta clumps.
|Contrasting foliage Iris cristata colonies|
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