Eventually the weather pattern calmed down. The snow left, the pots were removed and the little hostas began to emerge normally and vigorously. Today, in late May they are looking really good and the hard work has been worth it.
|Mike and Anita Sheehan visit the small hosta garden.|
We have two fairly large, slightly raised beds of little hostas and a shade rock garden where we grow hostas like alpine plants. Nearly all the hostas chosen are those that grow less than 12 inches tall and the plan is to keep the spread to less than 12 inches too. There are a couple of larger plants to the edge of the beds because we want a comparison to show that some of the miniatures are really tiny. There are just a few small companion plants like violets and lily of the valley, two small Japanese maples and some moss covered stones, but mostly the garden is a sea of miniature hostas and, as Kathy says in her ‘Book of Little Hostas’, there are little hostas that mimic, in color and form, all of the bigger varieties so you can have it all and in a much smaller space.
|The hosta rock garden|