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Hostas Are Wonderful in Containers

By Paul2032
June 21, 2015

Planting some Hostas in containers can bring wonderful variety to the garden. It also allows plants to be enjoyed on a patio or other shaded area where they can't go directly into the ground. A potted plant can also bring interest to a bed of Hostas. Give it a try.

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Jun 20, 2015 8:09 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
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I just love growing hosta in containers, They do very well for me here in Zone 6 and so far come back year after year. I have several of the mini and small hosta in containers some are planted with other perennials and some are planted alone. Here are just 2 of my potted hosta
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Jun 20, 2015 8:12 PM CST
Name: Paul
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Nice, especially the one in the blue pot with the colorful Heuchera.
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Jun 20, 2015 9:28 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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This sounds like a good idea to me, especially in that it would most likely keep the slugs out of the plants...

Will the hostas overwinter in the pots??
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Jun 20, 2015 9:32 PM CST
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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We were 5a but I think now we are considered 5b. I have lost a couple in pots before but also loose some in the ground. A friend grows many in pots, some young plants in small containers and they make it.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Jun 20, 2015 9:33 PM CST
Name: Holly
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Mine have in our Zone 6 and the last couple of winters were very hard.
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Jun 20, 2015 9:47 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Thanks, Paul and Holly -- I bet hostas would do fine in containers for me if I stuck the pots in the GH for the winter! (Of course, that is going to involve digging up some huge plants... and then I'll have a lot more plants than the 6 I have now... Blinking

However, it still sounds like a great idea! Thumbs up
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Jun 20, 2015 9:51 PM CST
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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They will be OK in the GH as long as the temperature doesn't fluctuate to much, warm in the day and cold at night. I also give them a little water on nice days.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Jun 20, 2015 10:27 PM CST
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I had some in pots over the winter and they died. Liberty and Victory were two of those. I had someone tell me later to turn the pots over on their side for the winter. But if they are in very large pots I'm not sure that would work, maybe covering with some cardboard or something to help shed water off. I think the idea is to keep water from freezing over the crown of the plant?
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Jun 21, 2015 6:16 AM CST
Name: Holly
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The blue pot with the minis in it was set in a corner by my patio and covered with leaves, the other pot with the faces on is very heavy and thick pottery and it overwintered in place in the bed where I have it. I also had several potted hosta that I hadn't decided where to plant they were in the plastic pots that they came in and those I half buried them in the empty Veggie Garden for the winter they also did great and now have a spot in the garden of their own. This mini hosta and the dwarf Campanula also overwintered in a ceramic pot covered with leaves. The pot didn't hold up so I just repotted it yesterday and added a small ivy to the mix.
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Jun 21, 2015 9:25 AM CST
Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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My hostas are potted, they would get lost in the regular flower bed otherwise. I have ajuga and other ground covers that like their space. My potted hostas are minis and smalls, with companion plants of Japanese painted ferns, moss, strawberry begonia, and lamium planted among them. I absolutely love it! Lovey dubby
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Jun 21, 2015 10:41 AM CST
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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How about some pictures Kabby.........
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Jun 21, 2015 5:23 PM CST
Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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I had to consolidate my small hostas last yr due my shade being reduced by half. I was so please how well they did potted.
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This is the same pot this yr. Birchwood Parky's Gold is dominating everything else in the container. He might need a place of his own next year.
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Lamium in this pot.
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Bought these minis from Gerry this year. @profesora
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Couldn't get enough of Gerry's plants so back I went for more. This pot gets a little too much sun, the moss is not happy.
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