Here today we'll talk about the host babes, that is, those who, according to the classification of the American Society for the host (American Hosta Society), the size of the sheet are small (small) - 36-160 cm2 area of the sheet, the miniature (miniature)- 13-36 cm2 area of the sheet, and dwarf (dwarf) - leaf area less than 13 cm2.They are today more and more admirers among gardeners.
Given, on the one hand, the small size of our gardens, which, of course, imposes certain restrictions on the possibility of growing large-scale plants, and on the other hand, the constant desire to acquire some new liked plant that we increasingly pay attention to the plantsrequiring little space.For these purposes, small ideal hosts.They have the grace, elegance and originality in their presence a little garden becomes more beautiful and attractive.
These small, seemingly fragile plants is much stronger and hardier than it appears at first glance.After all, the nature of the "parents" of many varieties of small host does not grow in greenhouses, often very harsh conditions.For example, N. longissima grows in wet, cloud-shrouded high meadows, where its narrow leaves growing in the summer pritenyat next higher plants.H. venusta with small leaves grows as an epiphyte on the mossy tree trunks and N. alismifolia form whole colonies in moist sphagnum bogs.N. kiyosumiensis is attached on the rocks, in crevices are so narrow that often wonders how it keeps the plant lives and grows.Often it is growing among mossy tree roots near mountain rivers that provide the necessary moisture and thus compensate for the need for water.Endurance, durability, ease of culture in the garden, wide range of applications - all pluses in favor of these beautiful little plants found their way into your garden.
They feel wonderful in "difficult" areas - for example, among the roots of trees or on the slope ('Blue Moon', 'Chartreuse Wiggles', 'Pixie Power', 'Rock Master').
Small hosts are very attractive in rockeries, where land is scarce or she is poor.On the roller coaster and rockeries host baby perfectly coexist and blend with alpine plants.
When selecting plants companions and making the compositions should avoid fast-growing, aggressive neighbors, as small hosts are not able to withstand such competition.Since rockeries in our gardens are usually out in the open all day and illuminated by the sun, the earth there is very hot and quickly loses moisture.Therefore, hosts, growing in rockeries, should mulch.As the mulch is best to use pea gravel.The mulch will help maintain a constant temperature of soil, preservation of moisture and protect it from erosion and flooding rains.In addition, mulching limits the growth of weeds, which greatly facilitates the care of plants.
Small hosts can be successfully grown in containers in the soil based on peat with the addition of compost and coarse sand or pea gravel for drainage.Containers with the compositions of the miniature host very decorative and, in addition, they can easily be moved around the garden to mask, for example, the plants withered or "asleep" bulbs.
general hosts and pots are very well suited to each other.Rounded or dome-shaped outlet hosts seems like a natural reflection of the typical form of the pot or container.But it's not just an aesthetic impression.For some of the young host ('Pandora's Box', 'Shining Tot', 'Masquerade', 'Cat's Eyes') container is a must, since young plants need a more careful attitude, especially in the first year, even before the formation of an extensive root system.(The fall of the plant from the container is better to transplant into a pot and prikopat garden, sprinkled turf. This will help you spring "not to lose" the little host and accidentally damage it.)
In addition, the contents of the host in the container protects them from damage by slugs and snails.Clay pot of stone or container to protect plant roots from overheating, but still moisture in them evaporates faster, so plants need more frequent watering.
miniature and dwarf hosts best grown in flat ceramic pots.If hosts growing in plastic pots, they can be placed in the flower boxes.In this case, we must note that the gap between smooth and slippery walls of the pot or flower boxes and pots are the perfect hiding place for slugs and snails.Therefore, the space between the walls is better covered with soil or fine gravel, and above zamulchirovat too fine gravel.
Watering hosts better in the morning before the heat.In this case, all day plants have the necessary moisture.Evening watering is fraught with the fact that the humidity and coolness attract slugs and snails.Reduce the number of these pests on hosts by using the companion plants.Not all plants as "dearly loved" snails and slugs as hosts.Some of them are very textured leaves or chemicals repel snails and slugs.For example, next to a small hosts can plant Alchemilla mollis, Armero rhizomatous, yellow corydalis, lungwort, climbing ferns.
Generally, ferns are one of the most natural partners host.They complement each other and grow in similar conditions.Small hosts combined with a middle-sized, slow-growing ferns - Woods listovik, athyrium Japanese.In addition to the ferns, beautiful compositions of fine host, you can create using tiarelly, Heuchera, Gorjanki.
In conclusion, I would like to give a few varieties of this group of hosts that can be found on sale.
'Blue Mouse Ears' (2000) - a miniature host.
outlet Dimensions - 28 × 16 cm, very dense blue-green rounded leaves, flowers purple-lavender.It prefers sun and light shade.It does not damage the slugs and snails.A good plant for a rocky gardens and for growing in a container.
'Baby Bunting' (1982) - a miniature host.
outlet Dimensions - 30 × 21 cm, thick gray-blue heart-shaped leaf, light lavender flowers.The leaves are green in the bright light, and always darken the end of the season.It grows in a container used as a border plant, no damage slugs and snails.
'Cameo' - a sport of 'Baby Bunting'.Miniature host.
outlet size - 25 × 10 cm. Fine green leaf c creamy-white, jagged border on the edge.The flowers are lavender.Very nice host.Good looks in rockeries and is suitable for growing in a container.
'Cat's Eyes' - sports games by H.venusta.Dwarf host.
outlet Dimensions - 15 × 5 cm. Socket dense, growing slowly.Leaf lanceolate, smooth, creamy-yellow, with dark green bumpy, with stripes near the center, on the edge of the border.The flowers are purple.Sometimes the leaves fade and turn white.Prefers a bright place and the morning sun.Before the formation of an extensive root system is recommended to grow in a pot.It looks nice in the container or a rocky garden.
'Gold Edger' (1978) - a small host.
outlet Dimensions - 63 × 25 cm. Thick heart-shaped leaf, young leaves -Colors chartreuse, later become yellow.The flowers are lavender.Good feel in the sun.It can be used as a border plant.
'Inca Gold' - a small host.
brilliant golden yellow lanceolate leaves.It prefers sun.Very bright plant.Before the formation of an extensive root system, it is desirable to grow in a pot.
'Island Charm' (1997) - a small host.
outlet Dimensions - 55 × 25 cm. Leaf heart-shaped with a sharp tip, a smooth, creamy-white, with a large, irregularly shaped green border around the edge.The flowers are purple.It grows best in light shade, likes the morning sun.Good looks in rockeries.Suitable for growing in a container.
'Lemon Lime' (1988) - a miniature host.
outlet Dimensions - 38 × 20 cm. Lanceolate leaves with prominent veins, the color chartreuse.Lavender flowers.Easily divides and grows well.One of the best host for the curb.
'Pandora's Box' (1996) - can be attributed to a dwarf, and a miniature hosts.
Loose socket measuring 25 × 10 cm. Sheet of thick, heart-shaped oval, greenish-gray, to the edge of the color gradually becomes sparse stripes on white or cream background.The flowers are lavender.Equally it grows well in the shade and in the sun, but in the shade becomes more vivid.Before planting a permanent place, it is better to take in the pot to form a well-developed root system.There may be a purely green rosettes that should be separated.Host can be used for planting and rockeries container.
'Stiletto' (1987) - a small host.
outlet size - 80 × 20 cm. Narrow silky leaves olive-green with narrow white or cream-colored border on the edge of the cascades.The flowers are lavender.It is advisable to divide in 4-5 years to save wavy edges.It can be used for border or as a groundcover.
"Garden & amp; garden", N1-06