This is the third post in a three-part series on small hostas. My nursery specializes in miniature hostas, and I have over 30 varieties available right now, both at the nursery and mail order. In I LOVE Mice, I raved about the mouse ears series of hostas. In Beyond Mice, I highlighted some of my favorite non-mouse ears hostas. My 2011 post Miniature (& Small) Hostas also gives an overview of little hostas and how to use them in the garden. Now I want to focus on the containers you might use to hold your hostas and the plants that will keep them company.
Why would you want to grow hostas in a container? One reason I do it is to highlight a hosta’s very special ornamental attributes. I think Hosta tokudama (photo above) is gorgeous so I grow it in a pot outside my front door. Here are some other hostas that I think merit their own container (read my previous hosta posts for photos of other single hosta containers):
Small hostas can get lost when planted in perennial borders unless they are massed. Growing special miniature hostas in containers brings them up to eye level. Here are 16 miniatures in my strawberry pot:
It also allows you to pair them with other miniature plants to create a tiny garden. My previous posts contain many photos of my containers of little hostas. However, I thought I would show you some of the planters I have recently created to give my customers ideas and to sell at my upcoming hosta open house:
All these containers were purchased inexpensively at flea markets and antique stores or were salvaged from the dump at the bottom of our property. You probably have a suitable pot, pan, or other hosta garden holder gathering dust in your attic right now.
Choosing tiny companion plants to go with your miniature hostas is another fun part of growing them in containers or in a rock garden. Plant collecting urges are satisfied by all the plants that can be crammed into a small area. In the planters above, I used violas, sedums, hens and chicks, ‘Heartthrob’ violet, ‘Tiny Rubies’ dianthus, and pasque flower (Pulsatilla). Here are some more combinations:
Gardening with tiny plants and salvaged containers is so much fun. I hope you will give it a try.
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