More groundcovers! In Liz Niebling’s garden in Exeter, New Hampshire, a swath of vinca is the perfect canvas for this vase-shaped hosta. A young hosta like this can be easily lost, visually, in a garden until it gains some mass, but this clean carpet of deep green accentuates it, and makes it stand out beautifully.
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Lovely, but hosta is deer candy in my neighborhood. I've had to remove all of mine. I'm surprised Liz doesn't have the same problem in New Hampshire.
Ditto here in southern Indiana. Am tired of feeding those free-loading deer!
Vinca is not high on my list either. Incredibly invasive and should never be planted anywhere near a flower bed. Once it infiltrates (which it will!) the only way to rid yourself of it is by digging everything out and starting over. Not my idea of fun.
This looks beautiful but here in California, vinca is an invasive plant. I have tried for years to rid my garden of this plant (along with wild raspberry) to no avail. As fast as I can rip it out, it reappears. If I let it go for one season, it will overtake an entire hillside and our riverbank. NO TO VINCA!!!
I live in Ohio and to the amazement of many of my gardener friends, grow both hosta and vinca with almost no interference from the many deer passsing through. I think it is probably because I do not use chemicals on the grass and grow mostly clover, so the deer have more interesting things to eat. I also grow companion plants which the deer do not like - for instance daffodills in the daylily beds or plants with a distractingly strong scent. This seems to infiltrate the soil around making the tasty plants less so.
I love all the pictures and tips. Thank you.
There's something about this little hosta that reminds me of the Jack in a Pulpit that was determined to live underneath a group of yews in my Chicago garden. It was pretty dear.
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