Several years ago I did a post about my garden under ‘hosta’ge. I just love these plants in our shady north facing garden. Over the years I’ve been dividing them and creating new gardens or sharing them with other gardeners.
This led to one of my ‘trowel & error’ experiments that I call pots under ‘hosta’ge which I’ve been doing since 2013. Our house faces north so there is a lots of shade in the gardens and on the patio and I’m now up to 10 big pots now.
These pots are stored in the garage over the winter to limit the freeze and thaw cycles that often happens. Usually at the beginning to mid April I get the pots outside so they can benefit from the rains and stimulate the growth.
I put a lot of drainage in the bottom of the pot before filling with potting soil. Sometimes at the start of the season I top up the pots with some more soil as the plants will use a lot of the nutrients in the soil.
You can see that the hosta get big and bushy in these pots and they extend the garden onto the patio area.
More ‘trowel and error’. With 10 big pots to store, the garage space was getting crowded, so I left a couple of pots out in the garden last year and I must say they didn’t do as well as those that were stored in the garage. But it is easy to dig up a small plant from the big ones that grow permanently in the shady from garden and replace them.
These pots are low maintenance, which is my type of gardening as I get older. If I know it is going to rain and move the pots to the other side of the patio where they will get a good soaking. Though once the leaves get big the rain very often just runs off the leaves and doesn’t get into the soil. So every now and then I haul the hosepipe around and give all the pots a good soaking.
With the rising cost of annuals to fill all these pots, plus all the watering and maintenance, I’m really glad I made the switch to pots under ‘hosta’ge.
Each month I do a garden journal, more for my own records to know how the garden grows.
Have you tried growing hosta in pots?