The Modern Southern Garden: Variegated Hosta

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The Profile

Variegated Hosta

Plantain Lilies are shade loving perennials that should be in every Southern garden as once they emerge in the spring, their bright foliage can be used in floral arrangements well into the fall months. These low, clumping plants produce leafstalks ranging in colors from green, blue-green, chartreuse & blended or variegated specimens with white or yellow streaks throughout. Although mainly prized for their bold leaves, hostas do produce small blooms in the summer months that shoot up tall over the low foliage. When planting them in the garden, pair with feathery fern fronds & impatiens. Variegated Hostas are one of the most popular perennials that thrive with a fair amount of morning sunlight to afternoon shade & perform best in fertile, moist soil. Variegation may be classified as ‘Marginate’ referring to patterns on the margin of the leaves or ‘Medio Variegation’ that may be located on the leaf centers. Some of the most striking plants include ‘Baby Booties’, ‘Guardian Angel’ & ‘Cathedral Windows’. Learn how to create stunning flower arrangements straight from your own garden.

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How To Create Beautiful Arrangements With Variegated Hosta

Lovely flower arrangements should change with the seasons so begin by choosing items currently in bloom. Savvy southerners know to have distinctive, indigenous garden varieties planted around their outdoor space that can be used for a number of occasions. These arrangements are designed to be effortless & fast to prepare since entertaining involves many fine details as the event draws closer. Start by choosing a selection of simple beverage glasses & vases with clean lines to really allow bouquets to shine. Variegated Hostas are always a good choice to use when entertaining as just a few stems are needed to really make spaces shine. 

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The Technique

Once you are familiar with several blooming plant & shrub varieties, making your own flower arrangements can be fun & fulfilling. If you don’t have these garden staples growing in your green space, select & plant one now from a local nursery to use in a number of lovely ways. Variegated Hostas make beautiful arrangements with impact & just a few stems can be used to create small bursts of sunshine throughout spaces. Use them for entertaining or just to simply spruce up your home. Choose glasses with clean lines. Beverage glasses or clear vases work particularly well. Snip & gather blooms to pair with the neutral greenery such as Knockout Roses or Oakleaf Hydrangea early in the morning. Invert the flowers & give them a little shake to remove any tiny garden creatures. Once indoors, remove any large leaves that may over shadow the blooms when using them in petite arrangements. Snip the stems low enough so that the blooms rest on the lip of the glass. Tuck in a few additional garden favorites such as fern varieties & tiny hydrangea blooms to add variety to them. Use the flowers throughout entertaining spaces & around your home on side tables, vanities & kitchen islands.

The Tune
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2 Responses to The Modern Southern Garden: Variegated Hosta

  1. Sharon May 26, 2020 at 8:41 am #

    Can’t wait to try this neat idea.

    • Rebecca Gordon May 26, 2020 at 9:16 am #

      Hi Sharon! If you don’t have variegated hosta currently growing in your garden, now is a good time to pick up several plants. Just be certain to water daily since it’s getting so hot in the South & that will ensure it will grow well. Let me know if I can be of assistance with questions regarding gardening, cooking, baking, entertaining or general style needs. Have a wonderful week! Sincerely, Rebecca

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