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Plants to Grow with Hostas


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Ruth02-May-03 09:09 PM EST 5a   
Glen03-May-03 01:40 AM EST 7   
Joy03-May-03 07:46 AM EST 6a   
Sandy04-May-03 12:35 PM EST 3b   
NancyM08-May-03 06:28 PM EST 5   


Subject: Plants to Grow with Hostas
From: Ruth
Zone: 5a
Date: 02-May-03 09:09 PM EST

I just started some hostas last year in a shady area and would like some ideas of other plants that grow well and look nice with Hostas


Subject: RE: Plants to Grow with Hostas
From: Glen
Zone: 7
Date: 03-May-03 01:40 AM EST

Ruth-I planted a shade garden a couple years ago, and really like ferns and heuchera with the hostas.

The ferns give a contrasting texture, more lacy and interesting with the rounded hosta shapes.

The heuchera have those awesome purple tones.

Another nice one is astilbe, nice flowers but the foliage is a good addition all season long.


Subject: RE: Plants to Grow with Hostas
From: Joy
Zone: 6a
Date: 03-May-03 07:46 AM EST

Here are a few shade plants that would look good with your hostas:

Pulmonaria (Lungwort), Digitalis (Foxglove), Dicentra (Bleeding Heart), Polemonium (Jacob's Ladder), Lamium, Viola Sororia (Freckled violet), Hosta, Astrantia, Aquilegia (Columbine), Astilbe, Hepatica, Trillium, Convallaria (Lily of the Valley), Tiarella, Heucheras, Heucherellas, Polyanthus (various species) Ferns - particularly Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'), Alchemilla mollis, Brunnera macrophylla, Epimediums, Bergenia varieties, Ligularia, Petasites, Rodgersia. Alchemilla mollis, Brunnera macrophylla, Epimediums, Bergenia varieties, Ligularia, Petasites, Rodgersia. There are various bulbs that you might also want to look at – caladium or begonias for example.


Subject: RE: Plants to Grow with Hostas
From: Sandy
Zone: 3b
Date: 04-May-03 12:35 PM EST

I have Pulmonaria(Lungwort and Soapwort), Bergenia, Lamium,Bleeding Hearts(fern leaved)and Columbines growing on the north side of the house.


Subject: RE: Plants to Grow with Hostas
From: NancyM
Zone: 5
Date: 08-May-03 06:28 PM EST

In addition to those already listed, you might want to try corydalis. Either c. lutea (yellow - the most common) or c. ochroleuca (creamy white) are the easiest. They form low mounds of finely divided ferny bluish foliage, bloom from now to November, self seed very well, but are easy to control.

I'll also add my vote for lamiums('Beacon Silver', 'White Nancy', 'Purple Dragon', 'Orchid Frost'). The silver variegation really lights up a dark area. Lamiastrum 'Herman's Pride' is interesting, too.


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