Pucker Up

Because they are common and tough, hostas often are dismissed. That’s a shame.  They’re wonderful workhorse plants that create a lush, long-lasting display, in part-sun or shade.

Here are a few of the puckered-leaf variety from my garden, just to wet your appetite.photo

Below is “PeeGee 13.” Not really, but that’s all I remember of its rather long name! Its  actual name was lost in the sea of plastic tags tossed into the recycling bin at the end of the season.

This medium-sized hosta’s chartreuse leaves lightens the shade garden and hold this exact shade all summer. Thin leaves make it more susceptible to slug damage, unfortunately. But if you’re not opposed to slug bait, you can keep it looking gorgeous all summer.photo

“Bread & Butter” is a small (5 inches high) hosta with puckered leaves. This hosta maintains these glossy leaves all season, which make it an excellent edger. It increases slowly, but it will fill in an area if given good water and enough time.photo

This beauty is “Orange Marmalade.” It gets a bit too much afternoon sun in my garden, so I see some fading as the summer progresses. And it’s occasionally run over by the kid’s bikes since this bed borders the driveway, but it remains a striking hosta.photo Lastly, an old stalwart, “Frances Williams.” This hosta gets really big, so give it room if you try it.  It has heavily puckered leaves and resists slug damage.photo

Here’s a final shot that gives some sense of the majesty to come.photo

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