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Margaret Roach’s Upstate New York Garden

Shade plant combination: Hostas, Japanese Painted Ferns, Japanese Forest Grass


Hosta 'June' --From England comes this wildly popular, creamy-centered sport of the old standard Hosta 'Halcyon'. Each leaf emerges with blue edges and a brilliant creamy center that gradually changes to dark chartreuse. This is one of those shockingly beautiful hostas that stands out as soon as you spot it in the garden. We recommend some morning sun for best coloration.


Hosta 'June' - Hosta of the year in 2001! Beautiful variegation in the leaves!

from A Way To Garden

new! slideshow of my 54 top shade plants

evergreen Asarum europeaum, Hosta 'June,' Hakonechloa 'All Gold,' and the Japanese painted fern, Athyrium


Hosta 'Halcyon' Halcyon' is one of the best blue-leaved hostas. It has medium, glaucous blue leaves that are lance-shaped when young, becoming to heart-shaped when mature. For the most intense shade of blue, grow plants in shade. In summer, the foliage is complemented by the bell-shaped, greyish-lavender flowers. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM) which is for plants of outstanding excellence.

from Better Homes and Gardens

A Gardener's Guide to Hostas

Hostas prefer moist, well-drained soil that's rich in organic matter and has a slightly acidic pH. If you have soil with a lot of clay or sand in it, amend with compost or another form of organic matter.


Hosta 'June' - in sun - Medium Height 15”, Spread 20-35”. Part Sun-Full Shade (25-90%). Unlined, wide, streaked, blue-green margins & chartreuse centers in spring. Margins streak to the midrib & are lighter green where overlapping the leaf’s center. Leaf center becomes medium-light gold with sun exposure, & bright light will bleach it to creamy-white. Centers remain chartreuse in full shade. Pale lavender, tubular flowers mid-late summer on 20" Scapes. Moderate growth rate. Slug resistant.


Meadow Rue - Thalictrum. Works well in shade as well as sun. The fine, airy foliage and flowers work well in a woodland garden setting.


The hydrangeas look especially beautiful with this gray rattan basket treatment - Modern and Country all at the same time. Yummy! Full details on Modern Country Style blog: Leopoldina Haynes' Small Garden


Purple Hosta June, Hosta, Plantain Lily