We love hostas! Our shade gardens at the front of the house are packed full of hostas, with an occasional astilbe and coral bells to fill in here and there.
I wish I had a before picture of what this area looked like when we moved in 15 years ago… with its very unsightly patches of thinning grass. Imagine a bad toupee gone even more horribly wrong. All the stones that line the gardens are from our property… and after removing all the pitiful grass we dragged, rolled, wheel-barrowed, and dollied them into place. It took us a few weekends one very hot summer years ago to get this area done. Now that the hostas have pretty much filled in it looks way too messy and busy for me when they’re all in flower. We grow them for the foliage, not for the flowers.
So somewhere around mid-summer every year we let our pruners do the talking, and they say “hosta la vista baby” to each and every hosta flower… which quickly becomes a whole wheelbarrow full.
Here are some befores (with hosta flowers) and afters (without hosta flowers).
When we designed this area we wanted it to be a peaceful, calming place to sit and enjoy some shade. It faces north and can sometimes seem like a completely different temperature zone than the back deck, which faces due south and is sometimes unbearably hot. For me personally, these gardens look much better without all the hosta flowers. What do you think! Would you leave the flowers, or remove them like we do? Thanks so much for reading! I’ll be b-a-a-a-c-k!