Hostas are categorically the finest ground cover for shade and one of the loveliest and most popular elements for designing a long-term and carefree garden. But top-quality Hostas have been painfully expensive for as long as we can remember, putting large plantings out of reach for those with limited budgets. We've solved the problem by offering a collection of 4 excellent varieties, 5 plants of each, at a very attractive price. It's the building block from which you can create your own emerald isle. Plants are vigorous and healthy and will take hold quickly. 20 plants. Each variety labeled. They will cover approximately 55–60 sq ft. Bareroot. Exclusive.
This genus of shade lovers has 70 species, all of them from China and Japan, and hybridizers have produced hundreds of exciting crosses. Hostas have many handsome leaf colorations and lavender or white Lily-like flowers on graceful stalks. Plants prefer a moist location, but we've had a mass planting thrive for more than 30 years under a row of Sugar Maples. (In the South and West, evenly moist soil is required.) Because Hostas are grown primarily for their foliage, we give the height of the leaves, not the flowers.
For more information on the growing and care of Hosta, click on Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
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Coneflower freak from se mass
Being new to planting Hosta I took a chance on this collection. Worth every penny. Follow the instructions and off you go. Like daylillies they are easy to grow.
Please do not plant next to your walkway in full sun. Hosta really looks great in a wooded section of a yard or in a shaded part of a garden.
Hosta are super easy to divide. I divided six hosta last fall and ended up with 24 new plants!
garden junkie from St Louis, IL
Having ordered hostas from numerous other sites, I was incredibly impressed with the quality of these hostas. Bought as a collection they were the least expensive, but more important were the best quality. Large, strong stock, well packaged, and they easily caught up with full sized plants purchased at a garden center. They're doing well in a really tough spot beneath 2 oak trees. Definitely recommend.
The Planet( My 50 acres in the woods) from meigs county ohio
I have a huge yard in the woods(southern Ohio)There are hostas everywhere in the woods and I moved some out into my shade garden. They must be very happy there because they come back year after year BUT The deer eat them to the ground every year, I mean every single one(there are hundreds of them growing in the woods) None ever get to bloom Its very sad but there is NO way to stop it from happening If there are deer anywhere near you they will find your hostas and eat them ,they love them
Cynthia from Dallas, TX
This is one of the best collections I have ever purchased! Beautiful display of green varieties and very strong hardy plants. I purchased these as bare root and did not have time to plant so for 1 week I kept the bare roots moist and then planted them in my rock and shade gardens. Dallas had over 40 days of consecutive triple digit temps this summer and these plants have all survived and done beautifully - especially now with cooler temps - I simply adore this collection!
Planting: Choose a site with evenly moist soil (Hostas will endure dry shade in all but the hottest, driest parts of North America if watered regularly until they become established). Emerald Isle requires about 55-60 square feet of space; the miniature varieties in Emerald Atoll take up about 18 square feet. Use a shovel or spade to loosen the planting bed soil to a depth of 10-12 inches and turn in a 3-4 inch layer of organic matter, such as compost, aged manure, leafmold, or peat moss. Then open the bags to get an idea of the size of the roots. With a trowel, dig the planting holes, spacing them according to the suggestions provided with your order. Set the roots in the holes with the larger varieties in back, shorter varieties in front--the heights and spacings of the varieties are provided in the package. Hold the buds (the pointed growing tips) 1 inch below the surface of the soil. then push soil back into the holes to cover the roots, firm the soil, and water thoroughly. Do not fertilize the first season. The following spring, use a balanced, granular fertilizer, such as 10-10-10, at the rate on the manufacturer's label.
Please note: Bareroot plants dry out quickly once they are removed from their packaging. We strongly recommend that you keep the roots covered with packing material until you are ready to plant.
Care: Hostas are about as carefree as a plant can get. It's possible to plant them and forget them, but for best performance, we recommend that you fertilize them each spring, remove the flower stalks below the level of the leaves after the blooms have faded, and cut the foliage to the ground after hard frost in the fall. The Achilles heel of Hostas is slugs. Set out shallow bowls of beer to keep the population in check, put down diatomaceous earth as a barrier, or (in the South) mulch with prickly Zoysia grass lawn clippings.