Hostas plants?

Question by stergre1975: Hostas plants?
I recently became interested in making my yard beautiful with flowers. I’ve always loved hostas. Since I am new to this I have a few questions to ask.

1. What can I do about the slug (snail like) bugs that eats the hostas plants? and

2. What other type of plant can I put in my yard with the hostas that are low maintenance? I have set out 3 hosta flowers in front of my house and I would like to have colorful plants to go with them.


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Answer by boo
1. You can buy snail bait from your garden store and sprinkle in the areas needed. Or, I’ve heard, that you can “plant” pie tins in the ground and put beer in them. The slugs are attracted to the beer, but it kills them.

2. Impatiens come in many different colors, are readily available, and quite inexpensive. Impatiens need shade, just like hostas.

Have fun in the garden!

What do you think? Answer below…

2 Responses to “Hostas plants?”

  1. Roger For World Peace says:

    Hostas, depends on your location. There are things you can purchase from a garden center to help with slugs. If you’re on the west coast, good luck. On the east coast you’ll have better luck with hosta.

    I hope you plant for the shade. Most hosta thrive in shade. Impatiens are colorful, grow up to about a foot or so high, so depending upon the hosta you planted, I’d go with impatiens. Or wax begonias. A little shorter and interesting foliage.

  2. win b says:

    Yucca plants do very well with hostas but they are proliferate!

    Slug/Snail Control: Reduce the habitat favored by slugs and snails by eliminating garden debris, bricks, lumber piles, and weeds from all growing areas and do not apply heavy layers of mulch around plants (1-3 inches is plenty). Handpicking pests can make a sizeable dent in the population and is most productive in the evening, two hours after sunset. If handpicking is inconvenient, try trapping. Strips of cardboard, cabbage leaves, rocks, or plywood all make excellent traps for daytime collecting. Shallow pans of stale beer sunk into the soil can also be used. The yeast in the beer attracts these pests, which fall in and drown. For best results, replace beer every few days or after a rain. Slug & Snail Barrier, Slug Stop, and diatomaceous earth are all popular barriers that prevent pests from reaching the leaves, fruits and flowers on which they feed. Sluggo is a non-toxic bait, containing iron phosphate, that can be scattered on the lawn or on the soil around any vegetables, flowers, fruit trees or bushes to be provide effective control.

    Tip: Water in the early morning instead of at night. Researchers found lettuce consumption by slugs with morning watering was less than 1/5 of the consumption with evening watering.

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