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On a hot, summer day, why not garden in the shade? Following are six favorite hostas and why they deserve a spot in your garden.
Hosta 'Praying Hands'
Why it's worthy: unusual leaf shape, award-winning
How to use it: along a path in the shade garden, in meditation garden, with religious statuary, planted with ferns
Why it's worthy: compact color in the shade, fragrant white flowers
How to use it: plant with chartreuse foliage of 'City Lights' or 'Sum and Sumstance' or Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa)
Hosta 'City Lights'
Why it's worthy: thick, corrugated leaves, 24"x36"
How to use it: give it a couple hours of morning sun for best coloring; pair with pink astilbe or purple heuchera (coral bells).
Hosta 'Cool as a Cucumber'
Why it's worthy: elegant, arching habit, 28" tall x 48" wide
How to use it: pair with solid green hostas, dark green ground cover (Sweet woodruff pictured above.)
Hosta 'Empress Wu'
Why it's worthy: Wow! Need we say more?
How to use it: use as a specimen plant or back of the border- give it room! 4'tall x 6'wide.