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For instance, a partly shaded walk way along side your home would make a perfect candidate for this combination, plant shrubs or tall perennials along back next to house with Hostas placed in front can look quite stunning.
A large shade tree in our front yard looked like a good candidate for dressing up and because of success of birdbath Hostas of course I decided to try more around tree.
Using a tiller we formed a circle around base and mixed good topsoil into existing dirt, edged circle with bricks, all that was need now were plants.
I spent several days’ scouring local nurseries looking for Hostas in different colors and leaf textures.
Armed with six new plants of moderate size – I’m one of those impatient gardeners – I staggered them around tree, put down a thick layer of cedar mulch then for decorative accent added several groups of unusual looking rocks found in woods, a family of resin squirrels also found a home sitting around plants.
It really looked great and I just knew by following year with regular watering and feeding those six plants would be larger, fuller and gorgeous.
Several days later while doing my daily walk around to look for anything new, I noticed something strange around tree in front yard. Getting closer things really looked funny.
It took a moment to realize there were no longer leafy plants growing there, just a bunch of green stems. This was how I learned that Hostas happen to be a favorite before dinner snack for deer.
Therefore my advice is if you live in an area populated with those brown eyed beauties and your going to give Hosta growing a go make sure to spray them with a safe repellant periodically from their emergence in spring until first frost in fall.
So for those shady areas think about planting Hostas, after all they are a whole lot more than scraggly looking lettuce.
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Bonnie P. Carrier is the creator of Savvy Home Decorating & Savvy Outdoor Decorating. She is the mother to two grown daughters and a very spoiled 4yr old Blue Merle Sheltie named Toby. Stop by for information and ideas for both inside and outside your home.