A garden romance in the making

I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’m in love — with a hosta.

It’s hard for me to believe because I’ve been boycotting hostas ever since a bad experience with an unruly, bug-bitten, shabby-looking gang of the shade-loving plant. Seriously, I swore I would never, ever plant a hosta at our

20120602-210458.jpgSand Acres house. It just wasn’t worth it to put so much effort into a plant, only to end up being frustrated when it didn’t do what I wanted it to. That’s my teen-age daughter’s job. And she’s really good at it.

But I took one look at the Whirlwind hosta and it took my breath away. Its dark-green streaked margins have a creamy white center — each wavy leaf looks like a little flame. When you look at the Whirlwind from above, you can almost see the flames lapping up the fire. I’m having heart palpitations just writing about it.

The only bad thing about this hosta was that it was the only one at the garden store I was shopping at. Must be a lot of other gardeners out there who share my affection for the Whirlwind. Can’t say I blame them.

I snapped up the last Whirlwind, along with a Majesty and a Twilight, to add to the mulch in the front of the house where the tulips have given up their color. Once I got them in, I realized I needed a couple more, so I headed back to the garden store. I hoped I might find another Whirlwind that I missed the previous visit or one another gardener had returned, but no luck.

In addition to the hostas, I decided to try my luck with a few Coral Bells, too. One of my favorite soccer moms told me she really likes them, and since the reddish/pinkish color would provide a nice contrast to the green and white hostas, I bought four of them. I got them all planted and still wonder if I need a few more, but I’ve decided to wait a few days before I make that decision.


Saturday’s fantastic weather also allowed me the time to plant geraniums and celosia between the perennials in my clothesline flower garden. So even if the perennials don’t flower much this first year, I’ll still have pretty reds, yellows, pinks and oranges in the garden. I think it’s looking pretty good if I do say so myself!


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  1. […] summer, the Whirlwind hosta restored for me the idea that hostas really could be a durable shade flower that did more than just […]

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