Betty in KY:
Thought I might throw in my 2
cents regarding hostas. I live in eastern North Carolina and inherited a
lot of variegated hostas when we purchased our new home in 1997.
These plants are alive and growing well on the
east, south, and west sides of my house. Only the ones on the west side
have even a small amount of shade. The remainder are in full sun nearly
all day. They have flourished and bloomed with only a small amount of care
and have only received water during long dry spells.
Too bad you weren't on the list last fall as I
was trying to give them away. They have almost taken over the beds that
they are in. I got no takers on the list and had to settle for shoving
more off on friends and sent some to family in California.
My understanding is that the variegated hosta
will tolerate sun, however, the more solid greens and especially the blues tend
to require more shade. Most all of the varieties are somewhat insect
resistant. I've personally only seen very minor damage on mine and chose
to do nothing to control it.
I wish you lots of luck with them.
Personally I'd like to rip them all out to make more room for my iris.
They just multiply to quickly in my area. Hubby says we need a
"little" variety. He doesn't realize how many were cleaned out
last fall <g>. But, still have more than I want or
AIS Zone 8