I have a lovely, completely shady spot under a red bud tree that I would like to try hostas in, but it seems that most hostas are only hardy to zone 8. Can anyone give me recommendations for hostas that grow well in zone 9 and 10, if they exist? I'm in L.A., and it gets very very hot in the summertime, but the area I want to plant gets NO sun at all. Thanks!
Hostas for zone 9
margu, Molly Mc in south Fla has a guacamale, that is going great guns. Here is one that I got bare root from langbr/gretaduck co-op last fall.
Emerald Tierra is this pretty little one's name. It went to sleep here in the fall and this picture was taken 15 mins. ago. I have many and will let you know which ones I have sucess with here in 9a to 8b. I was worried they wouldn't get cold enough here, so we'll see.
If the area is birght shade go ahead and try it. Hosta do need some light. They will also needs lots of water when the temps are hot.
Try some of the plantaginea family, the fragrant ones. They tolerate the heat better than most. A few of them are Guacomole, plantaginea species, Royal Standard, Honeybells, Fried Green Tomatoes, Fried Bananas and Stained Glass. If a couple of these work out well for you, then try some other less expensive ones.
There was a post not too long ago about hosta in FLA zone 10. Check it out for some helpful tips and hints.
Let us know how you do
Yes Jody that zone 10 post I believe was Molly Mc's.
Margu, Golden Tiara, Grand Tiara, Hadspen Blue, Sun Power, September Sun, Sun & Substance, Patriot, Krossa Regal are ones that I've had 2 years or 3 years and getting bigger each year. All planted on north side, full shade, between two huge trees.
If hostas come back smaller than they were the previous year I consider them not the best for my Houston location and make a mental note that there may soon be space for a new hosta. I don't pull them out, just wait for complete disappearance. (Ginko Craig, Nigrescens come to mind).
Stick around the hosta forum, there is incredible knowledge to be gained. And the coops, oh, the wonderful coops. I've gone mad buying several varieties, but they are on the first year, so I consider them on "trial" right now. Also, when I go to my local nurseries, I notice the varieties they sell and make assumptions that those are the best suited for my area. Maybe that will work for you too.
Thanks, all! I'll have to start making a search locally for some hostas that you have recommended. How about online nurseries? There are plenty that sell hostas, but they never seem to list zones! Any recommendations on those? And I don't even know what you mean by "co-ops". That's a new one to me! Hostas probably would have done great here this year, because we had an unusually cold winter, and a couple of my outdoor tropicals bit the dust. And we have had our 2nd highest rainfall in history. If only it would stay like this......
As a general rule the lighter almost yellow hostas tolerate the heat the best.
My daughter lived in Hesperia & she grew hosta there, but of course they get pretty cold weather in the winter time. I had mailed a Sept. Sun to my mom, who also lived in Hesperia at the time & they multiplied up there. Then last year when mom moved into a nursing home, I dug up the hosta & my brother who lives in Glendora planted them in his yard. If you area gets 45 degree weather in the winter, they should do ok.
We usually get down to 45, sometimes into the 30's, so I'll cross my fingers and dig some holes!