hydrangea varietels. As the plants emerge later in the spring, set the areas around them with early blooming daffodil bulbs. Just about the time the daffs die back, the hosta leaves will begin to unfurl. Act two begins.
They make great salads for deer and bunnies.
A word about ugg--slugs. Sometime in the middle of summer, holes begin to appear in the softer leafed hostas. Slugs are the slimy culprit. On sunny mornings the sidewalks reflect their shiny path of destuction. By August they're the size of a cupcake.
Another cure is beer in a recessed can or cup in the ground. Feeling rather silly buying cheap beer for the slugs, the menu changed to grape juice--which worked so long as Ralph didn't lap it up. Unfortunately the clean up was just too gruesome, sparing the details, but think slug soup.
Pet safe slug food didn't work too well. Ralph got a belly ache.
In the fall, clean up by cutting back is optional. Some cut the plants back to the ground, but this is mainly aesthetic. I opt to leave the plants alone and scoop away the remains in the spring. Just be certain to clean up remaining foliage as the new shoots emerge to avoid disease or plant rot.
And they do emerge, seeming to unfurl overnight, gently drooping into a near perfect circle.
In the fall, the leaves of hosta turn a burning gold just as the last leaves drop from the tree.
Old, tried and true, hosta is a musta in the garden. Sorry aunties.
You knew best.