Another popular perennial plant for those shaded or part shaded areas of the garden are Hostas (Hosta spp.). They come in an array of leaf colours from lime green to deep purples and provide cover for those tricky areas in the gardens, like under trees or in shaded spots.


How to grow Hosta in a garden

  1. Choose a morning sun to full shade position with well drained soil. 
  2. Enrich the soil with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed. If the soil is clay based, add gypsum and fork in well. 
  3. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well. 
  5. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  6. Feed with Yates Thrive Rose & Flower Granular Plant Food. TIP: for an added boost apply Yates Thrive Natural Fish & Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.
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How to grow Hosta in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 250mm wide with adequate drainage holes.
  2. Position in morning sun to full shade and fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.
  3. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Water in well.
  5. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  6. Feed regularly with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. TIP: for an added boost apply Yates Thrive Natural Fish & Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.

Growing tips

  • Hostas are herbaceous, meaning they will die back during the cooler months but will reappear again in spring.

  • Hostas like moist and cool environments, so avoid allowing the soil to dry out in between waterings.

  • Great for understorey plantings in shade or areas with filtered light.

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