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Hosta ‘June’

Hosta ‘June’ is quite rightly one of the most popular for Australian gardens.
And while the colour combination of lime, blue, and sage green sounds garish – it never is.
Because the foliage softly transitions with colour mutations right through the seasons, always making a glowing fature in the shade. 

Striking foliage of lime, blue and sage colour lights up the shade 

Because Hosta ‘June’ is such a neat, compact, but vigorous grower, it earns its place in any garden.
Or it is wonderful planted in a feature pot to light up shaded corner, as it is always interesting
And it makes a vivid border edge to chase away the gloom along a shaded path.  

Glows in the shade

Hosta ‘June’ is best in shaded positions, from Deep Shade to Filtered Shade, because of the delicate colourings.
Although it is can also take a little gentle morning sun, and this brings out the colours more vividly.
Hostas have exploded in popularity recently, as the “must have” hardy solution for designer shaded gardens.

Spires of rich purple flowers

Hosta ‘June’ is topped with spires of soft lavender, trumpet shaped flowers in spring.
So they make a gentle contrast with the vivid foliage, and also excellent cut flowers.
And you can also cut both the foliage and flowers from ‘June’, as a bright addition to a vase of flowers.
(Skip to “Growing” section below for plant details, how / where to grow).

Dispelling the myth of “Water Guzzling” Hostas

Hostas have had a mistaken reputation as being “water guzzlers”. But their excellent performance and tough persistence during recent droughts has put that myth to bed.
So Hostas require minimal water, once they are established in the shaded conditions they love.

Hostas with bulbs for succession of colour

Hostas and bulbs cohabit in the garden very successfully, and ensure a succession of colour, because the Hostas are quite late starters. So they are coming up and unfurling their colourful leaves, just as you are in need of something to cover the dirty rags of the bulb foliage dying down.    

Help the birds to your garden

Hostas help attract helpful birds to your garden, because small native honey-eating birds love sipping from the nectar rich flower trumpets.

Tips for thwarting those evil slugs and snails  

Slugs and snails are the bane of Hosta lovers. And certainly there is nothing more disappointing than seeing the beautiful leaves unfurl with rows of holes punched through them.
But there is much you can do.
And Hostas are such beautiful, hardy, useful colour in the shade, that it is worth thwarting those dratted slugs and snails. 

Firstly choose more resistant varieties

Slugs and snails are less inclined to eat Hosts varieties that have thick, waxy leaves. And Hosta ‘June’ is reputed to be amongst the least attractive to those slimy rascals.
Although it is a good idea to also protect your plants, especially if they are in the garden rather than a pot.

And mulch your Hostas with sharp coarse gravel

Gravel thwarts the slimey marauders, as they can’t crawl cross it. And the gravel also keeps your Hosta roots cool, so it can grow even more spectacular leaves.
Copper collars to place around the plant and physically protect it are also available. And they are very effective as slugs and snails cannot slime across the copper.

Grow your Hosta in a raised pot

Hostas make excellent pot specimens for shaded places, and it is then easy to protect from the slimey bandits. 

Make sure your snail traps are on duty from late winter onwards

Because most of the snail damage is done as the new leaves push their noses up in late winter and early spring. So whatever snail traps you favour, make sure they are at the ready from late winter on.
The leaves are in less danger once they are higher.
Personally I like the idea of beer traps, because at the least the slimy foes die happy.

Growing: Hosta ‘June’

Height with flowers: Summer flower spires to 30cm. approx.
Width: A tight, neat clump to a diameter of approx. 45-60cm.
Position: Dappled shade to Deep Shade, though Hosta ‘June’ is one of the varieties that can tolerate and thrive with a little dappled morning sunlight. Gentle morning dappled sunlight is preferred as protection from any hot afternoon sun is needed. Hostas are perfectly happy in either deciduous or evergreen shade.
Soil: Hostas prefer retentive soil because their natural habitat is amongst the leaf litter under trees and shrubs. So soils from loam to clay based are preferred. They also enjoy mulch because they are woodland plants. Likewise they prefer soil pH from neutral to acid, so they are natural companions with Camellias, Rhododendrons, Azaleas and other acid loving plants. 

Other benefits

Frost: Hostas are extremely frost hardy, and are able to withstand severe frost to at least -25C.
Water-wise: Hostas are water-wise shade plants. So once they are established they require minimal extra water, and have proved drought resistant. Normal, average garden watering is ample. 
Growth: Herbaceous perennial, which has a winter dormancy. Because Hostas begin growth fairly late in spring, they are ideal companions for bulbs. 
Beneficial for wildlife: Bees and small native honey eating birds adore the spires of trumpet flowers, as they are rich in both pollen and nectar. 
Care: Hostas are easy care, low maintenance plants, as long as you implement your slug and snail protection. Once they are established, the only other work is to tidy up the spent foliage at the end of autumn.
Deer & Rabbit resistant: Unfortunately deer regard them as salad, and rabbits are not far behind them.

So good it won Gold

Hosta ‘June’ has received the prestigious “Award of Garden Merit” from the Royal Horticultural Society, awarded for all round garden performance and hardiness. So if you can only have one Hosta – this is it.


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