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West Lawn, PA
Apr 24, 2019 11:35 AM CST
How much room do hosta plants need? When we moved in to our house, the previous owners had ivy growing along the driveway and up the side of the house. It was invasive and started growing into the stucco and damaging the wall. We tore it out and ever since then we've had nothing but weeds grow there and I would like to plant something along the driveway to make it look more attractive. A couple of years ago I planted mint there, and of course it took over and got out of control and we ended up ripping it all out. The area only has a width of about 6".
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
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Apr 24, 2019 11:41 AM CST
There are dozens and dozens of popular hostas.
The minis can be grown nicely within a square foot of space.
The mid range ones do well in like 18 square inches.
Some of the large ones, like the dinner plate leafed ones, need like a square yard, 3' by 3' by 3'.

There are dark green leaves on some, variegated leaves on others and bluish green leaves on some. Even a few have ribbon like leaves etc.
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West Lawn, PA
Apr 24, 2019 11:47 AM CST
Well, even if the minis would only take a square foot of space, they probably wouldn't do well there, as the width that I have to work with is only about 6" wide. Maybe I should be considering something other than hosta.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Apr 24, 2019 11:54 AM CST
Especially if the driveway is in the sun. How about Sea Thrift (Armeria maritima), Blue Fescue (Festuca glauca) or Dianthus?
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