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Re: Hostas that tolerate dry shade?

  • Subject: Re: Hostas that tolerate dry shade?
  • From: Ray Wiegand <wie1086@earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2004 12:47:13 -0400


I have a bed in my front yard that gets no water and a few hours of afternoon
sun. I think the sun makes it worse than dry shade at this particular location.
Add in Maple roots for good measure.

What has survived well:
Honey bells
Gold Edger
Gold Drop
Platinum Tiara (after a couple of years stagnant)
Innis green (tc cull) -loves it

I have another bed that is under a north eave-real dry and these seem to
Sweet Susan

Green or green gold, under 12" tall, with lighter substance, seem to work.
Forget variegation--Antioch seems to be an exception--yet it is hardly growing
with any vigor. I have given up trying to make hosta grow in these beds and
only lesser desired ones make it there. If they survive, so be it. The bed
under the north eave has been converted to native shade plants. Ferns,
Mayapples, Jack in the Pulpit all seem to work. Ostrich ferns are taking over
slowly with my approval.

Ray Wiegand

RBRSSR@aol.com wrote:

> Dry Shade: I realize this is a situation to avoid, but I am interested in
> knowing what hostas are know to tolerate dry shade, like growing under trees
> with
> shallow roots with little or no watering.
> When hostas go heat dormant, as I understand sieboldianas often do in
> southern regions, does this compound the problem when grown in dry shade, or
> does
> this survival mode allow them to better tolerate dry shade?
> Any comments pertaining to dry shade would be appreciated.
> Ray Rodgers, Bartonville, IL, Zone 5
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