Dead Shade Hosta Suggestions

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Re: Dead Shade Hosta Suggestions

Postby rockNhostas » Aug 29, 2012 11:51 am

I recommend 'Northern Exposure', but any will work.

My first hosta garden was in very deep shade right in the woods under mature red oaks. Virtually no sunshine got in. My plants thrived there, I'm sure in part because the soil was so rich with years and years of natural compost from the oaks. Enrich your soil and water them regularly and you will not have any issues with lack of sun. You can put almost anything there. I recommended Northern Exposure because the color is gorgeous in deep shade, and the variegation gives it just enough "pop" so it will stand out, even though not as bright as a gold. It will take a bit longer than the 3 years for it to come into it's own, but it's well worth the wait. It was a definite favorite with my visitors.
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Re: Dead Shade Hosta Suggestions

Postby boops » Aug 29, 2012 12:05 pm

I'll have to look into that one. Sounds good to me. Probably do it in the Spring tho. when i buy a few more for one of my other gardens instead of paying shipping twice.Thanks Rockin!!
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Re: Dead Shade Hosta Suggestions

Postby redcrx » Jul 09, 2017 4:36 am

I was looking up Pilgrim and found this old topic. I had just done a topic about a plant in shade Green Nature Lady - viewtopic.php?f=1&t=61020
I was adding some photos to Pilgrim - viewtopic.php?f=1&t=45260#p502893
I have been working with a really shady area for many years with the complication of heavy tree root competition. I had a bunch of plants that were not doing well (read that as dying). Last season I finally gave up and went to troughs in that space and transplanted what I had left (most died except Glenn Tiara - tough little plant). I added some things. This season I have added some more to replace what didn't come back. One plant in this space that was "new" and came back was June Fever.
I had been trying for years to get my children's initials into my garden - it didn't work in the ground so here are the troughs - S A M not in birth order.
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In this photo there are 3 June Fever that came back from last season - most of the others are additions to replace things.
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