Thursday, August 2, 2007

Hosta 'Pandora's Box'

This is probably the cutest miniature hosta out there. Not new, but dependable as long as it gets a little sun. In too much shade it will just sort of fade away. Miniature hostas are every bit as hardy as the big guys, but there are a few things you might consider before letting the little ones loose in your garden. If you have primarily big hostas, the little ones will have a tendency to get lost under the others, or be stepped on while you're working in the garden. They are best at the front of the border, or you might try giving each one their own large rock to grow next to for protection. We have them scattered around, but also have two beds just for minis. One is very shady under a variegated dogwood and some witch hazels, while the other gets quite a bit of sun, only receiving protection mid afternoon from a row of chestnuts. Miniature ponds (try using large rubber dog dishes) are also a nice addition to the miniature garden. I've also mixed in some small astilbes, gaultheria procumbens, a fern or two at the back edge and some primroses for a little color.

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