GPOD on the Road: A Hosta Lover’s Garden

We’re continuing to enjoy Cherry Ong’s pictures of a tour of gardens organized by the Vancouver Hardy Plant Society. Today’s photos are of a hosta lover’s garden.

Pairing deep blue-green hostas with bright yellows and lighter leaves makes both of them look all the more dramatic and beautiful. A couple of the hostas are growing in pots, which is an easy way to lift them up where they can be enjoyed and to move them around to just the right spot.

close up of metal flower sculpture surrounded by lush foliageCherry always has an eye for beautiful sculpture in the gardens she visits. These metal flowers are just wonderful.

close up of Saruma henryi in the gardenSaruma henryi (Zones 5–8) is a hardy ginger relative with heart-shape leaves and small yellow flowers produced over a long period in the summer. Very drought tolerant, it is a good choice for dry-shade conditions.

more hosta varieties planted around a small wooden pathHostas, hostas, and more hostas

shady garden path lined with tall blue containersThese tall blue pipes are unusual containers to see in a garden. They make a beautiful statement on their own, and of course they look great lifting up hostas to eye level.

close up of bright green fern next to hostasFerns and hostas are a match made in heaven. Many ferns thrive in just the same conditions as a hostas, and the delicate texture of fern fronds contrasts perfectly with the broad, bold leaves of the hostas.

Not all ferns have a delicate texture. This Pyrrosia fern (Zones 8–10) has tough, almost leathery-looking fronds.

small garden shed surrounded by foliage plantsThis little greenhouse/tool shed is as beautiful as it is practical. And the walk to it is lined with more hostas.

close up of vines climbing up garden shedCherry always notices the little details tucked in amid the plants.

framed magazine featuring gardenThis garden has actually been featured in Fine Gardening magazine (How to Use Hostas in a Garden Design), so if you want to see more photos and learn more about how the owner, Delphia Johnstone, designs her garden, check that article out!


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