Hosta Flowers Blooming - July 2023
Nobody grows hostas for their flowers. Is that a 'hot take'? I don't think so. Foliage gardeners (I'm a self-proclaimed foliage gardener) grow hostas because of what they do: shade-garden workhorses that add some texture and fill in spaces.
I remember my mom's garden, filled with hostas. And popping the purple flowers that emerged each Summer. I don't think I've ever tracked the flower emergence in my own garden, so I figured I'd start a little bit right now.
Because I was walking around the garden one morning recently and was struck by one set of flowers in back. On these hostas:
The flowers seem VERY dark purple (for hostas). Thanks to the Hosta Library, it appears that these are Venticosa hostas. The Delaware Hosta Association has this description:
The Dark Green One with Purple Flowers: H. ventricosa
This one also has shiny heart-shaped leaves that almost glitter. The flowers are a deep purple, and will make lots of seed pods. This hosta is easily spread by seed, so is the most likely choice if you find a hosta growing in your woods. Can also grow to 30" across or more.
Seems about right, doesn't it?
I don't know where those hostas came from - pretty sure I inherited them. Same with this other pair of hostas planted by the Hornbeams (below). These are a different variety - the foliage is different AND the flowers are more pale.
I'm seeing hosta blooms starting in mid-July and they appear to be running into August (at least) this year (2023).