The Benefits of Gardening in the Shade with Hostas Part - 2

Rethink how you approach shade gardening with Spring Hill's gardening expert as he showcases some of the most spectacular and unique hosta varieties ever! All of the hostas featured here are surefire head-turners and a wonderful addition to any shade garden, some with excellent resistance to pests.


Hi, this is Scott with Spring Hill Nursery's step-by-step gardening and today, we're rethinking the shade garden. Now when you think of shade garden, all you usually think about is just plain old, boring green hostas, maybe some ferns. So, let's think about your hostas. It's not just the boring old green or some of those green and white ones your grand mom used to grow. Let's take a look at some of these. This variety here, has more of a bluish tinge to it, and there are different blue or blue-green hostas. Some grow really tall, this one has more of a smaller form. Over here, we've got the nice chartreuse green, and some of these can really get large. Look at the size of these leaves, beautiful! Here, we've got some dark green on the outside. There's also white varieties. This one, we refer to as white feather, but here are different white hosta varieties and some will get more white as the season goes on, they go from green to white. Now this, you may think, oh, this looks just green, but look how big this is! Look at the form. There is some blue in these leaves as well. So, the first group we looked at, they're all small to moderate size. Here is a big one. Look at this, look at this yellow right here on the edge. This is gorgeous. Can you imagine this against your walkway in front of your house? I want to show you something else great about hosta varieties. It's not just the looks. This one here, bulletproof is a really special variety from Spring Hill. It looks great and it is slug resistant. It's not going to get all chewed up by the slugs. I mean that's one of the big problems that you face with hostas is the slug damage. Bulletproof has been bred specifically to resist slug damage. Here's a pretty little variety I want to show you that has this really nice, green center and then the yellow edging here. Just makes for a wonderful color combination. And we see that combination again here, but more is some blue-green tones. We've got the green-blue center and then the green-yellow edging. And there's a nice texture to this variety too. So, when you're thinking about hostas, don't just think traditional. Think outside the box. Think something that's really going to add to your shade garden. For step-by-step gardening, I'm Scott. Thanks for joining me, and I hope you enjoy your shade garden this year too.