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My Three Favorite Little Hostas

by Fern on November 29, 2010

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I’ve been reading through my review copy of The Book of Little Hostas by Kathy and Michael Shadrack. It’s a great introduction to hostas, with a focus on plants that form clumps less than 15 inches tall, and some as small as 6 inches tall. The really great thing about the hostas featured in Little Hostas is that they are all well-suited to container gardens, some practically require it.

I didn’t know much about hostas before reading this book. Hostas aren’t particularly well-suited to Southern California’s hot, dry summers. But after reading Little Hostas, I’ve fallen in lust with several of these diminutive plants. Here are my three favorites:

  • Hosta ‘X-Rated’I love the ribbon-like leaves. And the name. This hosta does best in dappled shade, according to Little Hostas, and can be grown in a tub or in a rock garden.
  • Hosta ‘Snow Mouse’ – This plant has fantastic blue-green leaves with splashes of cream down the center. The Shadracks say that this hosta will take some sun and is best grown in a ceramic container.
  • Hosta ‘Dragon Tails’ - Great chartreuse color and ruffled leaves. The Shadracks recommend light shade, and I can really see this plant bringing some zip to a shady window box.

Have you ever grown hostas in a container? What’s your favorite cultivar? Got any growing tips?

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Joseph Tychonievich November 29, 2010 at 9:17 am

I never really liked hostas — until I found the mini ones. I adore Blue Mouse Ears and Pandora’s Box.

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Fern @ Life on the Balcony November 29, 2010 at 11:43 am

Those two were on my short list Joseph! :-)

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Kylee from Our Little Acre November 30, 2010 at 6:49 am

I’ve got ‘Dragon Tails’ and love it! I have it on my brick patio, not in a container, but in a little square where I’ve removed a few bricks from the patio.

I’ve also got ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ and ‘Pandora’s Box’. You’ll love those as well!

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Diane Mumm November 30, 2010 at 7:26 am

I’ve always loved Hostas so much so I planted a whole grove tree area filled with them.
I am now getting into the mini’s and am excited to collect more soon, right now I have blue mouse ears hosta and baby bunting hosta.

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Josh Spece November 30, 2010 at 11:01 am

I look forward to hearing how your hostas do, if you decide to give them a try, Fern! How cold do you get in the winter?

I love the entire Mouse Ears family…and the Baby Bunting/Pandora’s Box family…and…!

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Jennifer Peterson December 5, 2010 at 6:31 am

I have had good luck with miniature hostas in containers, they almost seem to thrive more being in confined spaces rather than out in a larger area. Part of the reason for that is they have a tendency to heave out of the ground easier when frost hits.

Just remember to at least turn your containers sideways during the winter. The less water they get in them the better, because the thaw-freeze cycle will kill the hostas. The only hosta I lost in a container, was a huge Paul’s Glory I forget to tip on it’s side.

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Fern December 5, 2010 at 10:13 am

Good tips Jennifer! Thanks!

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Lisa May 27, 2011 at 6:50 am

I LOVE hostas, I have lots of hostas in containers on my patio, but no minis. One of my favorites is called Herifu, it gets really big. It’s chartreuse with dark green tips on the leaves. Here in the humid midsouth, slugs are a big problem so keeping hostas in pots helps combat the voracious creatures. They eat the hostas out in the garden, but stay out of the pots (mostly) My sister gave me a minature hosta, but when I planted it in the ground, it grew to be huge! (I don’t know the name of it, chartreuse with a blue green margin) I have Wide Brim in a pot, it stays smaller in the container, but the ones I have planted in the garden are big now. I have a leaky birdbath, I think it would be perfect for some mini hostas, so off to the nursery I must go

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Matt Corrion November 13, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Thanks for sharing this, Fern (ferns go great with hostas, by the way!). I will have to check out this book, as I love hostas. One tip- keep an eye out for slugs, as they can kill your hostas.

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