Looking Good: Hosta ‘June’

Looking Good: Hosta ‘June’

We have a fine selection of hostas here at Blackfordby Nursery, and Hosta ‘June’ is one of my personal favourites.

Shown here in the foreground, ‘June’ is a compact, clump-forming herbaceous perennial with large green/grey leaves which develop a yellow centre during the summer. It produces pale purple flowers in late summer.

‘June’ prefers moist but well-drained soil, and partial shade. It has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

Also pictured behind are Hosta ‘Regal Splendor’ (left) and Hosta ‘Patriot’ (extreme right). ‘Regal Splendour’ is a taller plant, growing to a height of 30cm, with blue/green leaves with cream/white margins.

‘Patriot’ is possibly the best white-edged hosta. It has mid-green leaves with wide white margins. A real stunner for the border or shady patio.

The sworn enemy of hostas are slugs and snails – but you can grow hostas without resorting to chemical slug pellets by mulching around them with crushed egg shells or coarse gravel, or hair clippings work well. Beer traps in jam jars sunk into the ground also work. If you want to grow your hostas in pots you can buy self-adhesive copper tape to encircle the top of your pots, that slugs will not cross. At the nursery we are lucky in that we have a family of frogs on-site, and they keep our hostas slug- and snail-free.