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hosta's in the direct sun?

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Carol22-Jul-04 09:22 PM EST 5a   
SHeri23-Jul-04 03:36 PM EST 3   
Donna23-Jul-04 09:40 PM EST 3a   
Carol23-Jul-04 10:22 PM EST 5a   
Mary24-Jul-04 07:10 PM EST 4b   
Carol28-Jul-04 07:58 AM EST 5a   
Barbara28-Jul-04 10:18 AM EST 6a   
Patricia28-Jul-04 06:44 PM EST 5   
Cheryl28-Jul-04 07:47 PM EST 5b   

Subject: hosta's in the direct sun?
From: Carol
Zone: 5a
Date: 22-Jul-04 09:22 PM EST

I have a few hosta's to plant, they were given to me. I don't have a shade garden dug, however I do have an area in the direct sun that is. I have always thought that they are best in a shady location. So my question, should I get my shade garden dug pronto, or will they do well in the sun. The sunny location would show off the plants much better, as it is on a hill that slants upwards from the back of my house, so everything shows beautifully there. Thanks Carol

Subject: RE: hosta's in the direct sun?
From: SHeri
Zone: 3
Date: 23-Jul-04 03:36 PM EST

I have one planted in a spot that gets quite a bit of direct sun (south east exposure) and it seems to be doing well.

Subject: RE: hosta's in the direct sun?
From: Donna
Zone: 3a
Date: 23-Jul-04 09:40 PM EST

Hi Carol, I have them planted in full shade, partial shade/sun and full sun and they are all doing very well. I know they used to say that they loved the shade, but I really think they love it all and are noted for being a shade tolerant plant...:) because those are harder to find than the sun loving plants are.

Subject: RE: hosta's in the direct sun?
From: Carol
Zone: 5a
Date: 23-Jul-04 10:22 PM EST

Thanks, that is what I was thinking.

Subject: RE: hosta's in the direct sun?
From: Mary
Zone: 4b
Date: 24-Jul-04 07:10 PM EST

Hi Carol, Hosta's can go in direct sun, especially in a zone 5 climate in Canada. Where you have to be careful are with the blue hostas . The blue ones have a wax that melts off in hot sun. They then look green once the wax is gone. Some hosta such as "Frances Williams "hates the sun and will get brown edges and look awful. Hostas also have higher water requirements if put in full sun. On the possitive side they will grow much larger in the sun. I have a "Elegans" which is 5' across and enjoys the sun. It does loose some of it's blue colour but it looks like an awesome dinosaur. The hosta library, I belive "" also has suggestions under the catagory of "lists" They may be a bit outdated but there are some oldies that are still great. The pics on that site are incredible. I have a small collection( of 140 different) compared to some. The more I collect the more unique each and everyone appears to be.

Subject: RE: hosta's in the direct sun?
From: Carol
Zone: 5a
Date: 28-Jul-04 07:58 AM EST

Wow, 140 you must have a good size garden. I think my 4-5 will look lovely on my hill, in the full sun. Thanks for your help, I'll check out that site, to see what I have.

Subject: RE: hosta's in the direct sun?
From: Barbara (
Zone: 6a
Date: 28-Jul-04 10:18 AM EST

Hi Carol. I have several hostas in direct sunlight and they are doing quite well. I water them when I think about it (the absent-minded gardener!) and even with this inconsiderate treatment they still thrive.

Subject: RE: hosta's in the direct sun?
From: Patricia (
Zone: 5
Date: 28-Jul-04 06:44 PM EST

To Mary: I just looked up "" and I don't get any lists, just a whole bunch of stuff that has nothing to do with hostas - including "creationism"??? Can you be a bit more specific? Thank you very much!

Subject: RE: hosta's in the direct sun?
From: Cheryl
Zone: 5b
Date: 28-Jul-04 07:47 PM EST

The hosta library can be found at Not sure what list you're referring to, but if you click on the Pat Mora Database and scroll down to Sun. Enter 1 (for yes), scroll down and hit the search button. You'll get at least 200 named hosta that manage well in sun. But fair warning if you have not been to the Hosta Library before... I visited there several years ago and now approaching 325 hosta. Cheryl

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