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Old 05-23-2011, 05:13 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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My front yard is dominated by a fairly large Colorado spruce, pruned so the lower branches are a good 8 feet off the ground. I'm planning out perennial garden beds and would like to plant something around the base of the tree. Was thinking hostas - my front yard faces north and is quite shady.

Grass, dandelions and everything else grow right up to the trunk, so I'm guessing hostas will do fine there?

Other suggestions welcome, too! I'm in zone 5 or 6, depending what map I look at...SE Michigan. Thanks!
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Old 05-23-2011, 06:14 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Yes, hostas will grow under it, they do fine in 100% shade, and are hardy to zone 3. Every few years you can divide the clumps when they are about 6" high in spring and spread them out. Watch out for snail/slugs, they love hostas, as do deer.
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:04 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Thanks.

I have hostas in another part of the yard (divided and transplanted from my old house) and they're doing fine....the only thing that's eating them is my Rottweiler, who apparently finds the leaves tasty.
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Old 05-29-2011, 07:56 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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ive found hostas will do ok pretty much anywhere you put them...ive got them n full and part shade, around trees ect and all are growing like crazy.
ive even had a few in almost full sun that have done incredibly well too.
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Old 05-30-2011, 04:56 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Well, yesterday in between rainstorms I replanted several hostas under the tree, and they're looking quite perky this morning!

Foxy, I have one hosta variety, very large and bushy with broad light green leaves that gets full sun and thrives.
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Old 05-30-2011, 06:59 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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im pretty sure hosta can survive pretty much anywhere lol
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Old 05-30-2011, 07:55 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Not quite, they hate full sun in hot climates. Here are some of ours, the front never gets any sun at all and they like that.
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