Get Funkia down with the Hostas
02 June 2016 - by Uhi Millington

It seems to be a brilliant year for Hostas, or Funkias, the glorious name they used to be known by. Perhaps it's the cool, dull moist weather we've been experiencing, that's made our Hostas the best they have ever looked, but it's also no doubt the care and attention that Lynn, our in-house Hosta freak, has lavished upon them, keeping them ship shape and orderly.

We have over 20 varieties in stock this year ranging from the robust little Hosta 'Mouse Ears' to the gargantuan  Hostas 'Blue Mammoth' (1m x 1.5m), 'Empress Wu' (1.3m x 2m) and 'T. Rex' (90cm x 2m)


Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears'


Hosta 'Blue Mammoth'


Hosta 'Empress Wu'


Hosta 'T. Rex'

It's no secret that Hostas are a tasty snack to slugs and snails, but don't be deterred; they add so much to a planting scheme especially in shade or near water, and the way that the rain drops collect in the leaves is just magical.



Personally, I don't protect my own Hostas at all, and they are rarely attacked, but if in doubt there are several ways to keep pests at bay without harming pets or wildlife. Organic and animal safe slug pellets, and pellets made from sheep's wool are readily available, or try baked eggs shells, sharp sand, grease bands, nematodes, copper wire, slug pubs, half a grapefruit, grit etc. etc.



As a general rule the bigger and thicker the leaves the less palatable they are, and don't forget some slugs are the good guys and will feast on your foes - so get to know your slugs and let them do the work for you.

We have added some new Hostas to our range this year: 'Sum of All' gets even bigger than 'Sum and Substance' reaching a massive 1m x 1.2m. Hosta 'Monster Ears' has glossy thick leathery rounded leaves that are reminiscent of 'Shreck', and Hosta 'June' - wow, it's practically luminous!


Hosta 'Sum of All'


Hosta 'Monster Ears'


Hosta 'June'

Did we mention the seemingly endless range of leaf variations and variegations? Shapes, sizes and colours.


Hosta 'Dream Weaver'


Hosta 'Antioch'


Hosta 'Cliffords Forest fire'

Come and see for yourselves, give a Hosta a home.

 
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