5 easy ways to use this classic foliage plant:
Add a fountain or rocks to give the eye a resting place and break up an unending mass of foliage.
Place shorter plants in front, taller ones in back for the best look. Mix up species so they stand out.
Save a prime spot up front for your favorite hosta. It will look more natural spilling over a hard surface.
Add some accents. Hostas make good backdrops for showy plumes of another shade lover: astilbe. Variegated foliage carries the show after the bright blooms fade.
Set off hostas with other plants in contrasting hues. Here, the burgundy of the ninebark and coralbells helps emphasize the lime-green hosta.
Dividing & Transplanting:
Whether you're starting a bed from scratch or dividing old stock, here's what you need to know to encourage lush-growing hostas.
1. As new growth emerges in the spring, use a shovel to remove a large clump.
2. Shake off excess soil and rinse the roots in a large tub or water-tight wheelbarrow.
3. Use a sharp knife or saw to cut small clusters of plants free from the large clump.
4. Replant clusters separately, leaving space so the plants have room to mature. Backfill with soil amended with compost.
5. Work a handful of balanced, slow-release fertilizer into the soil, then tamp firm.
6. Mulch with compost and water deeply several times a week for the first month.