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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.
I am always amazed when I drive by homes that have absolutely no foundation plantings around them. It not only diminishes the "curb appeal", but leaves the property lacking in personality. Whether the home is decades old or recently built, they all can be transformed with a little TLC (Tasteful Landscape Composition).
I recently worked with a customer who purchased a home that had not been previously landscaped. For me it was a designer's dream...a blank canvas to work with. After viewing the property and taking photos, I also took notes as to what type of plants to specify, keeping in mind the following considerations:
Utilizing our new landscape design computer program here at Burlington Garden Center, I was able to make a list of plants that would work and set about creating a design that satisfied the above-mentioned criteria.
Plants were also selected for the soil condition and ease of maintenance for the homeowner.
If you would like more information on our Landscape Design Services, call 262.763.2153 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Landscape Designer, Nursery Manager
Burlington Garden Center