I never thought I’d say this, but me and slugs have something in common: we both love hostas. We’re also both partial to drinking ourselves into a tipsy stupor on occasion, but my choice of drink in these instances would have to be gin, rather than beer. (Did I say that out loud?)
Hostas are such a beautiful shape – almost ceremonial. Their large, stylised, funnel-like leaves welcome both rain and sunshine in a sort of triumphant manner. It is as if they are calling out, ‘look at me, I’m alive and well’. Anyone in possession of a hosta plant will of course be aware of their popularity amongst slugs, something that prevents their leaves from making it through damp days unscathed. Annoyingly, most hostas end up peppered with little holes, but that doesn’t make me love them any less.
The different varieties of hosta on offer makes them a great option for improving the shape, texture and colour of beds and borders. They’re hardy too. They can grow in most soil types (provided they are kept from drying out) and can survive fairly cold temperatures.
To anyone who prefers a more budget-friendly garden, hostas are invaluable as they can be easily split and shared with friends and family. All of my hostas were supplied to me by my dad, and I have gone on to split them and spread them around the garden.
When it comes to splitting, simply dividing the root in half with an old knife or spade will do the trick. It’s recommended this is undertaken any time from autumn until mid-spring.