hostas in the garden…and other lovely things

As I may have mentioned before, the hostas seem to be especially beautiful this year.

‘Blue Angel’ is just getting started in our garden. We’ve had it for several years, but this one will be quite large when it reaches maturity. It can take 7-10 years to reach maturity, so plant it where you can leave it. If you dig it up to move it, it may take longer to mature. Also, it will be bluer in shade than it will if it’s planted where it gets some sun. The sun will reduce the waxy coating that gives the hosta its blue color.

Hosta 'Blue Angel'

Hosta ‘Big Mama’ has decided to take off this year, after a few years of doing nothing. It’s looking great.

Hosta 'Big Mama'

Never ending task…digging tree seedlings out of the flower beds. We’re not sure which hosta this is, but I’m guessing it may be ‘Fried Bananas.’ It has grown quickly and looks great under this redbud tree.


We have ‘Fried Bananas’ ringing a redbud tree in the back yard. Planted between each one is a smaller hosta called ‘Emerald Tiara.’

Hosta 'Fried Bananas' paired with smaller hosta 'Emerald Tiara'

Great corrugation on ‘Fried Bananas.’ The late afternoon sun shows off the veining.

Hosta 'Fried Bananas'

Planted in 2011, ‘Sutter’s Mill’ was the first hosta in our garden to put up a flower scape this year.

Hosta 'Sutter's Mill'

‘Janet’ is a sometimes confused with ‘Gold Standard’ which is a larger hosta than ‘Janet.’ I wanted to show you this one in particular because it has produced a green sport. A sport is a shoot of a plant that is different from the original plant. ‘Janet’ is supposed to have a lighter center, with a darker border. The all-green leaves are a sport. This hosta needs to be dug and all the eyes separated to get the green out. We’ll replant the sport elsewhere in the garden and will let ‘Janet’ get back to normal.

Hosta 'Janet' with a green sport

Here’s a picture of ‘Janet’ taken in our garden in 2007, in all her loveliness. We had several years of dry summers around that time and ‘Janet’ stayed lush and green when other hostas dried up and burned.

Hosta 'Janet'

It’s not all hostas in the garden. Volunteer coreopsis is beginning to bloom. It adds a bright note to the beds.

volunteer coreopsis

The lacecap hydrangea is looking better this year than it ever has. I wasn’t very impressed with it before this year. But it’s looking pretty!

lacecap hydrangea

The other hydrangeas are loaded with blooms, as well. They are just beginning to turn from green to pink and blue.


The Siberian Iris ‘Gull’s Wing’ is one of the whitest irises we have. It looks nice paired with the blue of the false indigo.

Siberian Iris 'Gull's Wing' and false indigo

In the back yard, the rhododendron is making quite a splash of color. This was sold to us as a white rhodie. Imagine our surprise when it bloomed pink. But such a lovely pink. I’m glad we have it instead of the white one.



We don’t have enough astilbe. It’s such a pretty, fluffy spike of a flower.


Plants aren’t the only things that grow in our garden. The variety of wild life sometimes surprises me. This week, when DH brought an iris blossom in, a hawk moth rode in on the petals. We put it outside and it spent the entire day on the back porch. It was still there when I went out to visit the garden that evening.

hawk moth

I hope you have a garden to enjoy. If you’re local, you are always welcome to visit ours. Or you can visit a lot of other gardens at Tootsie’s Place. Enjoy!

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  1. Posted May 12, 2012 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    Your hostas are so, so gorgeous….one day mine will be too. Love your hydrangeas as well. Everything to be exact!

  2. Posted May 12, 2012 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    Your Hostas are lovely. I always enjoy photos of the various cultivars in pretty settings.

    Hostas do not do well in my climate and environment, so I substitute gingers.

  3. Posted May 12, 2012 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    What a lovely bunch of hostas you have. I love that expression ‘ringing the tree’ – I really like the way hostas look around a tree like that.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!


  4. Hilary
    Posted May 12, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    I love looking at all your pretty flower pictures…If I knew you in real life we’d have sooo much to talk about!

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