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How to Use Hostas in Your Garden Design

Use these tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of this versatile perennial

Fine Gardening - Issue 149

It is hard to find a genus that is as diverse, eye-catching, and easy to grow as Hosta (USDA Hardiness Zones 3–9), so it is no wonder that this is one of the most popular perennials—as long as you have a little shade and no deer. How do you use them so that you are getting the most from this garden workhorse? Paul Murphy, a garden designer in Victoria, British Columbia, uses hostas to great effect. Here is a little taste of what he does.

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