Common Names: Hosta
Scientific Name: Hosta spp.
Plant Type: Perennia
lSun: Full Shade to Part Sun
Bloom Time: Late Summer
Bloom Color: White or Lavender
Wildlife: Flowers attract butterflies
A traditional favorite for gardeners of all skill levels, the hosta is a definite must have for the shadier spots in your yard. Hostas are grown for their foliage, and with hundreds of varieties available, the choices are endless.
The foliage varies within the colors of green, blue, yellow, white and gold. The different varieties all have a different variegated leaf that gives the plant its variety name. For instance, Patriot is a hosta that has leaves with a green center and white edges, while Halcyon is a hosta with solid blue leaves. (The blue color actually comes from a wax that covers the green leaves.) The varieties can also vary in size and shape of leaves, as well as size of plant. Hostas also have white or lavender flowers that bloom during the summer.
One of the best parts about hostas is how easy they are to split. Once a plant has grown fairly large, you can simply divide the plant with a shovel and transplant half of it to another part of your yard, or give it to a neighbor.
It is important to remember when watering hostas, to water underneath the leaves, at the base of the plant. When water gets on top of the leaves, and sunlight hits it, this can burn the plant and leave spots.
If you should notice small holes in the leaves of your hostas, this is most likely slugs. Using a product like Slug Magic can easily take care of these pests, and your hosta will recover.
Common Names: Woodland Phlox, Wild Sweet William
Zones: 3 to 8
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Bloom Time: April - May
Height: 8-15 inches (20-38 centimeters)
Wildlife: Attracts butterflies & hummingbirds
Woodland phlox is a spreading, native wildflower which forms mats of foliage with stems typically reaching 12-15" tall. As the common name suggests, this is a woodland species which occurs in rich woods, fields and along streams. Loose clusters of slightly fragrant, tubular, lilac to rose to blue flowers (to 1.5" wide) with five, flat, notched, petal-like lobes that appear at the stem tips in spring. Stems are both hairy and sticky. Lance-shaped to elliptic leaves (to 2" long). Can form large colonies over time as leafy shoots spread along the ground rooting at the nodes.