The Q&A Archives: Hostas

Question: Can I plant Hostas in my soil in Palos Verdes. We are on the coast of California and have a soil full of rock and shale. We have to mix a lot of soil amendments in it but when plants take a hold they grow quite well. I want to plant it in a border at the foot of our steep backyard slope so there will be a lot of water drain off. Is it drought resistant?

I enjoyed your show on wheelchair gardening today and will use the idea about the potted herbs. I saw a tool with an extension used to do clipping in beds. I want to use it to clip roses that grow on the slope without having to walk on the slope and disturb the lantana ground cover I have just planted.

Thank you
Ann Armstrong

Answer: If the planting bed is mostly shady, and you amend the soil with peat moss and compost (hostas like acidic soils), you can grow hostas in your landscape. Amending the soil will loosen it and help hold moisture (which hostas love).

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